Dear A&S family,
I write to you to express my frustration and great disappointment about the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) guidance affecting international students.
The exact implications of the new regulations are still not entirely clear, and University officials are working to gain clarification regarding this rule and find a path to welcome our international community members to Syracuse. In fact, the University is joining an amicus brief in support of litigation filed by Harvard and M.I.T. challenging this order. We applaud Chancellor Syverud’s recent statement of support of international students. Please note that the government directive does not apply to A&S students attending classes in Shanghai. We will keep you updated as we receive new information about the rule.
An A&S education is inherently international in outlook. It prepares students to be engaged global citizens who are creative, critical thinkers. We warmly welcome our international students, faculty, staff and alumni and believe they are an integral part of the A&S and the Orange family.
It takes courage and commitment to study in a different country. Every day our international students, faculty and alumni contribute to learning, teaching and intercultural understanding. They enhance and enrich the A&S experience and the entire Orange campus community.
Syracuse University is your university, and we stand unconditionally with you. We are committed to do all we can to support your academic progress here on campus.
I will communicate more information when it is available. In the meantime, I encourage you to contact the Center for International Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315.443.2457 to access resources and services and to receive additional support. Staff members in A&S’ Office of Undergraduate Academic and Career Advising are also available to assist you. You can also email my office at CASDean@syr.edu.
In closing, I encourage everyone to read this opinion piece, penned by psychology professor Sara Burke, which is so relevant right now.