University Statement on White House Executive Order

January 31, 2017 Caitlin Burns

The recent White House Executive Order leaves much uncertainty with colleges and universities and their students, scholars, international programs, and global alliances. This 90-day order not only impacts refugees and people from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, or Yemen, but also citizens, legal residents, and families from countries around the world, including the U.S.

It is in response to this executive order that Arcadia reaffirms its commitment to uphold the University’s global mission. Arcadia’s community of staff, faculty, and students spans the world, with colleagues and scholars engaging daily in civil dialogue and embracing cultures through research, scholarship, service, and professionalism. This engagement transcends race, ethnicity, gender, religion, political perspective, economics, or geography, and reflects the core of Arcadia’s values.  

We also reaffirm the right to an environment that is free from harassment. As underscored in our Civility Statement: A community upholding civility respects the rights of individuals and groups. It is characterized by understanding and considerations of the differences among members of the community.  

For now, those in our community awaiting permanent residence or citizenship status, or those who hold non-immigrant visa status with a passport from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, or Yemen, are strongly discouraged to travel outside of the U.S.

Arcadians with questions or concerns who feel they need support can contact the following services:

Office of International Affairs (6 Royal Ave., 215-572-2867)
Counseling Services (Heinz Hall, Ground Floor, 215-572-2967)
Office of Institutional Diversity (Taylor Hall 110, 215-572-4088)
Office of Human Resources (2035 Church Road, 215-572-2173)
If you have a question or concern that would not be appropriate for the above offices, note that all Offices and Facilities at Arcadia work together to provide a safe learning environment for our community.

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