Updated Message: September 25, 2017
Dear Members of the Brown Community,
On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order that restricts the mobility of individuals from eight countries (Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen). This replaces guidance provided in the Executive Orders issued January 27 and March 6, 2017.
The American Association for Universities, of which Brown is a member, released the following statement in reference to this Executive Order:
We remain concerned the administration’s actions create uncertainty for those pursuing higher education opportunities in our country, threatening our county’s economic competitiveness and global leadership status. Our global leadership role would not be possible without the extraordinary flow of international talent, drawn here by academic opportunity and American values.
Our universities have long-shared the goal of protecting our country from those seeking to do us harm and we stand ready to help the administration ensure national security in ways that do not undermine our nation’s status as the top destination for global talent.
As we have stated in the past, the University remains committed to supporting our international students and scholars. We are reaching out to all members of our community who are most directly affected by this newest Executive Order. These students will continue to have access to immigration and legal advising, and they are encouraged to reach out to the Office of International Student & Scholar Services (OISSS) for any visa and compliance related matters or questions related to upcoming travel. We also suggest that you consult the FAQ Fact Sheet provided by the Department of Homeland Security to learn more about this order and how it may impact you.
International students should not hesitate to reach out to the Office of Global Engagement with any questions related to this order or other concerns.
The Office of Global Engagement
Updated Message: June 28, 2017
A statement was issued from the Association for American Universities (AAU) on 6/27/2017 in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear the travel ban case in the fall. “The Supreme Court announced yesterday it will hear arguments this Fall on President Trump’s travel ban executive order and allow certain provisions to take effect in the meantime. This means the Administration may impose a 90-day ban on travelers from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, and a 120-day ban on all refugees seeking to enter the U.S., with some exceptions. The court said the ban ‘may not be enforced against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States’.”
Brown University stands committed to ensuring that our campus remain open and accessible to students and scholars from all parts of the world and we will be watching this case very closely in the coming months. If you have any questions or need anything during this period please do not hesitate to reach out through our Global Brown Community & Support (firstname.lastname@example.org, 401-863-1300).
Original Message to the Community: (January-March 2017)
Dear Members of the Brown Community,
As many are aware, there was an Executive Order signed on January 27, 2017 by President Trump regarding the restricted mobility of individuals from 7 countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen). On February 3, 2017 the State of Washington filed an action challenging the Executive Order which resulted in the travel ban being halted. On February 9, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the ruling to block the travel ban.
The most recent Executive Order was signed on March 6, 2017. The University remains committed to supporting our international community. This situation remains fluid and is of great concern to us. We have created this page in hopes of keeping the Brown community aware of the resources and support available during these uncertain times.
For students and scholars from the seven countries covered by the Executive Order, we have reached out to assure them that Brown is intent on protecting their status as members of the Brown community. More concretely, we are making available the following resources to support these individuals:
- Access to immigration and legal advising;
- Expanded opportunities to remain on campus throughout their time at Brown, including research engagements and internships during University holidays and breaks;
- Housing assistance and other resources during these break periods;
- And for students and scholars who are prevented from traveling to campus, we are exploring the use of virtual teaching and learning platforms so that these individuals can continue to participate in the Brown educational experience.
For all other international students at Brown who have concerns about whether the Executive Order will impact their status at the University in any way, we have set in motion a number of processes aimed at providing up-to-date information and answering practical questions.
- The Office of Global Engagement (OGE) in partnership with relevant offices across campus, will host several community gatherings and information sessions to support our international students. On February 7, a legal advising workshop with an immigration lawyer is planned, followed by a panel discussion that includes Brown staff responsible for government and community affairs, visa and compliance, and campus life.
- We have added additional administrative staff and an immigration consultant to assist with the increase in traffic to the Office of International Student & Scholar Services (OISSS), which manages visa and compliance for the University.
- And we are encouraging all Brown community members, especially our international students and scholars, to register their international travel through International SOS so that we can provide up-to-date medical, security, and other forms of travel assistance.
Additionally, President Paxson asked the Office of the Provost to convene a working group comprised of the heads of major units on campus to address issues as they arise in a rapidly changing environment and to think proactively about how to safeguard our international students and scholars going forward.
Within this site you will find the following sections:
Please contact the Office of Global Engagement if you have questions.