5 p.m. Monday, January 30, 2017
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:
As a personal follow-up to the earlier Archnews communication (below) regarding the executive order on immigration, I want to express my strong and unwavering support for our international faculty, staff, and students at the University of Georgia. You are valued; you are supported; and you are an integral part of this vibrant university community.
International education, research, and collaboration enrich the academic culture of this institution beyond measure, and I am proud that, today, more than 2,700 students from 124 countries study at the University of Georgia. As a major public research university committed to solving the grand challenges of the world, international engagement is a cornerstone of our mission. It is essential to our success.
The Office of International Education will continue to monitor developments related to the ongoing immigration issues and will provide updated information and assistance to members of our community who may be directly impacted. Rest assured that all members of our campus community are valued and that their well-being is paramount.
Jere W. Morehead
8:25 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2017
All University of Georgia Students, Faculty and Staff
Jere W. Morehead, President
Pamela Whitten, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Noel Fallows, Associate Provost for International Education
Recent regulatory and policy changes affecting international travel and visa holders will likely result in questions among students, faculty and staff. Specifically, an executive order has been issued that limits nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the country for 90 days, and places additional restrictions on individuals seeking entry pursuant to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.
The U.S. Department of State has issued the following notice at https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html regarding the executive order, and we will continue to closely monitor for any additional updates and guidance from federal officials.
As you know, the safety and well-being of the UGA community is our top priority, and it is important that we remain in close communication as new information and direction from the State Department becomes available in the coming days.
All international students, staff and faculty who might be traveling overseas in the near future are advised to consult with the UGA Office of International Education – at 706-542-2900 or https://international.uga.edu, or you can contact Dr. Fallows directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It appears that no University of Georgia faculty or students were detained over the weekend as a result of the executive order.
The staff within the Office of International Education is committed to serving our colleagues at UGA. We will continue to assess the impact on our students, staff and faculty, and will provide updated information and assistance.