Chancellor's Communique

CU's request to the Department of Homeland Security to withdraw the July 6 directive regarding international students, 7-14-2020

The University of Colorado is joining our national higher education associations (through the American Council on Education), as well as Colorado colleges and universities and peers nationally, to request the Department of Homeland Security to withdraw the July 6 Immigration and Customs Enforcement directive regarding international students. The university is also reviewing opportunities to join amicus briefs.

International students are critical and valued members of the University of Colorado community, and the concern and confusion the ruling has caused – particularly amid the uncertainty of the pandemic – hurts our international students and our communities. We are carefully and deliberately planning a safe reopening of our campuses in the fall, and ask that international students with a valid visa be allowed to continue their educational journeys.

Mark Kennedy, President
University of Colorado

Philip DiStefano, Chancellor
University of Colorado Boulder

Don Elliman, Chancellor
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Michelle Marks, Chancellor
University of Colorado Denver

Venkat Reddy, Chancellor
University of Colorado Colorado Springs


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