The following is a statement sent to the Centre College community from President John A. Roush regarding recent immigration policy changes.
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:
I write to inform you that ever since the White House executive order on “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States” was issued on Friday, January 27, we have been busy checking with members of the Centre College community who may be affected. This particularly includes all the students and faculty who have been studying abroad during our recent CentreTerm. I am pleased to say that everyone is safe and accounted for.
We have also taken an immediate and serious look at all travel plans associated with our spring study abroad programs that begin shortly and will next expand that view more broadly for any campus community member who might be impacted by these new policies.
Clearly, the implications of the executive order are complicated and already we have seen some elements of it shift. Because we recognize that this policy has created confusion and a sense of vulnerability for many members of the campus community, we will remain vigilant and take any actions that are appropriate and consistent with our values and educational mission of building and strengthening a community enriched by difference and founded upon our common humanity, as our Statement of Community affirms.
Given our long commitment to global citizenship and international education, and guided by our non-discrimination policies, we support all members of our campus community irrespective of immigration status, refugee status, religion, or national origin. We also take seriously and affirm the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the federal law regarding protection of student confidentiality. Centre College has been and will remain a welcoming and supportive campus to those who might consider joining our academic community, and we are committed to everyone’s safety.
Besides appropriate measures we may take in the coming days and weeks, I encourage anyone who has questions or needs assistance to reach out to relevant members of our staff in the areas of legal affairs, global citizenship, religious life, diversity and inclusion, academic affairs, student life, counseling, and human resources.
I close by expressing my appreciation to those members of the Centre team working to keep one another informed and supported. As appropriate, updates will be provided.
John A. Roush
January 30, 2017