DACA Upheld

Thursday, June 18th, 2020
Panther Family,

Today the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling that left intact the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As a result, somewhere between 700,000 and 800,000 young immigrants maintain protection from deportation. They also may continue to apply for work permits and renewable two-year terms to remain in the country.

While this news is positive, we know it does not fully address the fear and uncertainty our DACA students and employees, as well as their families, continue to face. To those in our community who have been affected by today’s decision, your university stands with you. We will continue to advocate for and support you through our outreach efforts and on-campus resources.
To advocate for DACA students and employees, the university has:
    • Co-authored a joint letter from the Regent university presidents calling for Congress to enact legislation in support of Dreamers, and we continue to convey the importance of a long-term legislative fix to support people who were brought to our country as children.
    • Joined more than 600 colleges and universities across the United States calling for passage of legislation to protect Dreamers.
    • Signed a statement of support for DACA with more than 500 college and university presidents nationwide.
    To support DACA students and employees through on-campus resources, the university:
    • Protects the privacy of DACA-participating individuals in our policies, processes, and practices.
    • Provides a DACA Resources page to help students know their rights under the law, and to be directed to resources to support their academic success; the site also provides information to help faculty and staff appropriately support DACA students. We encourage every member of our community to review these resources to ensure compassionate and informed care.
    • Maintains resources and support services through the Counseling Center for any student seeking coping mechanisms related to stress or fear; it is important to note that records are kept strictly confidential, and nationality and immigration status are not collected.
    • Does not tolerate discrimination against any student. If such discrimination does occur, it should be reported to the Office of Compliance and Equity Management immediately (Gilchrist Hall 117, 319-273-2846, equity.uni.edu).
    Today’s news marks a positive step in support of talented students and employees brought to the United States as children. Let us remain vigilant in our advocacy for and support of these members of our community, and to ensure our living, learning, and working environment is welcoming to and inclusive of all.


    Mark A. Nook,