Universities denounce Trump's Muslim ban, advise affected students not to travel

Calvin SaundersJan 31, 2017

In photos: Madison community stands in solidarity with refugeesWhen President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning Muslim refugees from entering the United States, protesters around the country rallied outside ... "In order to support anyone who has questions or concerns about the executive order, we have scheduled a series of informational sessions, starting today, that are open to anyone who wishes to attend", Clements said.

The global members of our community enrich our academic, research and clinical missions while serving to actualize VCU's core value of diversity. Our commitment to the values of equality, inclusion, and diversity remains as strong as ever. Some, like the email sent to all students at Chapman University, recommended students from affected areas who are now outside of the country return as soon as possible and recommended those inside the country not leave. BU wouldn't disclose their identities, to protect them from potential backlash, spokesperson Renee Charles said.

American University also is advising community members "who may be affected to postpone travel" outside the U.S. It also bans anyone from the seven countries named above from entering the United States, regardless of whether they are immigrants or are visiting the country for other purposes.

The countries on the list - Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan - are listed as feeder countries for 220 Texas A&M students, according to the enrollment profile for fall 2016 prepared by the Data and Research Services.

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Sunday, Grand Valley State University President Thomas Haas released a statement saying that the university "will continue its long tradition of study overseas and welcoming to our campus students and faculty from other lands".

UVA confirmed more than 60 members of the UVA Community have been directly impacted by the executive order.

Pestello and other college executives noted the interpretation and enforcement of the executive order is still fluid and they are studying its implications on students.

She says, now, their focus is on reassuring affected students that the University of Dayton is an inclusive environment.

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As of last fall, the five University of Minnesota campuses had a combined 125 students from the seven affected countries.

Many school officials have urged their worldwide students and faculty not to start planned study or research overseas.

"We will advocate for you", he wrote.

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