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January 30, 2017

TO: American University Community
FROM: Scott A. Bass, Provost
SUBJECT: Implications of Executive Order on Immigration

Late last week, President Trump signed an executive order calling for a temporary halt to entry to the United States by non-immigrants and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Iran and Yemen. The university is reviewing the executive order and closely monitoring the situation. For the time being, we strongly advise students, faculty and staff who may be affected to postpone travel outside of the United States.

Twenty-one students within our university community are nationals of countries identified in the order. I am comforted to learn that they are all here in the U.S. and none have been detained. At this time, we are still ascertaining the impact that the executive order may have on our faculty, but believe that few, if any, faculty are affected.

One of American University's primary commitments, described in our Statement of Common Purpose , is international understanding. The diversity of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni, along with our curricula and co-curricular programs, reflect this commitment. As an institution, we recognize the many ways in which diversity and inclusion in its broadest sense enrich academic life, learning, and research. These values will continue to guide us.

As we work to understand the order and its implications for AU, we must support the members of our community affected by it, as well as those who seek further information. As a start, a town hall meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 31, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in Kay Spiritual Life Center. The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will brief participants on the details of the executive order. We recognize that there will be other needs going forward, including requests for assistance for visiting scholars, conference participants, dependents of those directly affected, etc. We will need to identify and prioritize such needs.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact ISSS at (202) 885-3350.