A series of executive orders have been signed since January 2017 that affect our community of students, faculty, and staff. Michigan Tech is actively monitoring this situation and will update this page as frequently as necessary.

New “Presidential Proclamation” Now in Effect

On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a Proclamation to update Executive Order 13780 and restrict entrance to the U.S. for nationals of eight countries: Iran, Venezuela, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, North Korea, and Chad. Although Iraq is not included in the list of countries, the Proclamation states that Iraqi nationals will face increased security review when entering the country. Michigan Tech recommends that nationals of the above countries avoid all nonessential travel into and out of the U.S. until further notice.

February 22, 2017

President Mroz Issues Statement on Immigration

CNN is reporting the Trump administration is planning to roll out a revised executive order on immigration as early as this week.

In anticipation of the administration's revised federal executive order regarding immigration, University President Glenn Mroz has issued the following statement:

"Michigan Tech strives to grow as a global technological university that inspires students, advances knowledge and innovates to create a sustainable, just and prosperous world. Students, faculty and staff have joined our community from all across America and nearly 60 countries around the globe.

"We work to bring many of the best and brightest people from all over the world to our state and nation to take advantage of the educational opportunities we can offer. We are also grateful for what these individuals from different countries bring to this community, state and nation. The people who choose America bring, intellect, culture, creativity, their worldview and friendship. They help us understand that creativity, intellect and compassion span the globe.

"So we celebrate and support with one voice the values of creating possibility, inspiring scholarship and building community. We value our freedom to be open and welcoming to the world. We celebrate our common interests in developing, applying, managing and communicating science and technology. Together, we know the value of safety; it is important to us all. It’s why many of us traveled hundreds if not thousands of miles to get here.

"Safety, compassion and respect are a stabilizing force — they enable us to be proactive and productive. So we support efforts to keep our country safe while at the same time being open to the people of the world who choose America — those who enrich our lives as they share their lives with us."

The new order is expected to address concerns of the Ninth Circuit federal appeals court, which blocked the original Jan. 27 order.


 February 3, 2017

Tech Signs National Letter About Immigration Executive Order

Michigan Tech has signed a letter the American Council on Education (ACE) circulated to  US higher education institutions regarding the recent executive order on immigration. 

The letter is addressed to US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly. The body of the letter expresses US higher education’s principles concerning international students, researchers, faculty and staff. 

The letter was made available to universities for whatever action they found appropriate.

Individual University names, not those of presidents or chancellors, appear at the bottom of the letter.

University Senate Passes Sense of Senate Resolution

The Michigan Tech University Senate Wednesday adopted a "Sense of Senate Resolution in Support of our International Colleagues and Students."

The document states the Senate is a "non-political body. However, when external political events have an impact on its constituents and on the academic life at Michigan Technological University, the Senate has an obligation to address the issues at hand."


February 2, 2017

Michigan Tech's Department of Public Safety and Police Services is a Safe Place for Everyone

President Trump’s Executive Order restricting travel has caused a great deal of fear and concern among our community here at Michigan Tech. As the Director and Chief of Police, I would like to remind everyone that the Department of Public Safety and Police Services is committed to supporting all members of our community, regardless of immigration status, religious belief, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any of the other things that contribute to our campus diversity. We also do not disclose this sensitive information to any local, state, or federal agencies, except when required by law.

If you have personally experienced any harassment or threatening behavior, or know of someone else who has, please stop by our office or call to 487-2216 to report it. We are available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week. We will be happy to discuss your concerns and provide whatever services or support you are comfortable with.

CommUNITY


January 31, 2017

Invitation to Share Stories

Dear students,

The past week has been very difficult for our community. The uncertainty, disappointment, and heartbreak we have experienced has affected us in different ways, some turning to friends and loved ones for support, and some speaking their concerns publicly. You may have seen one of our Huskies, Shadi Darani, featured in the New York Times recently.

We want to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to have a voice, so Michigan Tech's University Marketing and Communications department is inviting you to come share your story with us. We will be available this Thursday, February 2 from 9 - 11 am in G13 Administration Building and will have a writer and photographer ready to publish in our Unscripted blog.

There has never been a more necessary time for our campus and country to know that those affected by recent events are real people with dreams and goals, so I encourage you to come tell us your story. If aren't available at the above time, please let me know -- we can also set up individual appointments.

As always I am here to support you and address any concerns you may have.

Best regards,

Cassy Tefft de Muñoz
Director
International Programs and Services
Michigan Technological University
906-487-2813
catefft@mtu.edu


January 29, 2017

Statement to Campus Community From President Mroz

Student, Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

Most of you are aware that an Executive Order was signed by President Trump that prevents the granting of U.S. visas to citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Sudan and Yemen for the next 90 days. A subsequent ruling by a Federal judge has blocked parts of that order. Cassy Tefft de Munoz, our director of International Programs and Services has communicated the current understanding of the Executive Order as it applies to students from those countries and has offered to meet with individuals concerned about their status. Up-to-date and accurate information as it relates to all of us on campus will be shared as it becomes available.

I can't relieve the distress that many of you might be feeling as a result of this and other events of the recent past.  But what I can say is that with your help, we can, and we will, as the Michigan Tech Community, advocate for respect, understanding and compassion in the way we treat each other regardless of our differences. We can and we will defend the Constitutional rights of all in the Michigan Tech community.  And we can and we will treasure and protect the free and open exchange that is essential to scholarship, research and creativity. By remaining committed to these core values we can all help to ensure that Michigan Tech remains a community that is open to people from across our nation and around the world.

 commUNITY

 Glenn

 We thank you in advance for your patience as we all sort through the details of this situation.


January 28, 2017

Advisory to Students From Affected Countries

Hello all,

You may now be aware that yesterday afternoon, President Trump signed an executive order that prevents the granting of U.S. visas to citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, and Yemen for the next 90 days. In addition, current visas held by citizens of these countries are considered invalid for re-entry to the United States.

As a result, IPS strongly recommends that you do not travel outside of the U.S. at this time, as you will be denied re-entry. Any changing of status (from F-2 to F-1, F-1 to F-2, from F to H-1B, etc.) will also likely be denied. We do not yet know if OPT or OPT STEM Extension will be affected.

Please note that this executive order does not affect nonimmigrant student status -- you are still able to stay in the U.S. for the duration or your F or J studies at this time. Details of the executive order and its implementation are still being confirmed. It is important to note that the list of countries included in the order may still be expanded, and the duration may also be extended beyond 90 days. Michigan Tech is working closely with our immigration attorney to carefully monitor this situation, and I will continue to update you when we know more.

I have met with many of you in the past few days and I know that this has been incredibly stressful and deeply devastating to those directly impacted and to our greater Michigan Tech community. Loved ones have been separated, plans for the future uncertain, and years of hard work now feeling futile.

Please know that in difficult times, the need for our community to come together to support one another is even more important, and that by working together, we are stronger. I urge you to join our commUNITY campaign and help us ensure that Michigan Tech provides an inclusive home for all. Also, please inform your friends and family from these countries to refrain from traveling outside the U.S. until further notice.

As always, I am here to support you and am available by email or cellphone if you have special concerns you would like to discuss.

Cassy Tefft de Muñoz
Director
International Programs and Services
Michigan Technological University
906-487-2813
catefft@mtu.edu


January 26, 2017

Regarding Proposed Executive Orders

Hi everyone,

If you have been paying attention to the news over the past few days, you may have heard about some proposed executive orders that could affect the ability of people from certain countries to enter the United States, among other things.

I know that this is concerning many of our students, and I want to assure you that we are closely following what's going on in Washington D.C. At this time, we do not have any confirmed information, but will email you as soon as we know more. If you have immediate concerns or want to talk with me individually, please let me know.

Hope to see you at tonight's IPS/OAP Outdoor Winter Social event!

Best,

Cassy Tefft de Muñoz
Director
International Programs and Services
Michigan Technological University
906-487-2813
catefft@mtu.edu