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A Message from the President: Assistance for Non-Citizen Students and Employees

September 6, 2017

To the UW community:

Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the phasing out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program is a 2012 executive order allowing undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children to enroll in universities, join the military and/or seek lawful employment. By definition, DACA recipients were: brought to the United States before reaching the age of 16; are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or armed forces of the United States; and have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

The University of Wyoming is inclusive and committed to nurturing an environment that values and manifests diversity, internationalization and mutual respect. We have a strong history of welcoming students, scholars, faculty and staff from around the world and have many working and learning on our campus today. Education is the source of our greatness. It enriches, elevates us and provides a pathway to a better future. I am honored to belong to a university community devoted to the higher education of all students.

We are monitoring DACA and immigration developments and will continue to keep you updated on significant changes, including about congressional action or legal judgments that may impact education opportunities of non-citizen students.

I encourage students and employees who are affected by changes to the DACA program or who have immigration concerns to contact Mr. Adam Severson, University of Wyoming College of Law, at immsupport@uwyo.edu or 766-2397 for questions or assistance. We have made additional resources available on immigration and DACA concerns.

University policies regarding disclosure of student records remain the same under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, known as FERPA. We do not release student records without written consent from the student or a lawfully issued subpoena, warrant or judicial order.

We recognize that the current uncertainty associated with changes to DACA and immigration policy can be a source of stress and concern to our affected population. The University Counseling Center -- which may be reached at 766-2187 and is located in Room 341 of Knight Hall -- is available to students experiencing problems from this or any source. The Counseling Center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Students can call an after-hours counselor at 766-8989 or Peak Wellness Center at 745-8915 during the weekend and after business hours.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide information as it becomes available.

Sincerely,

President Laurie Nichols


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