The White House recently released an executive order regarding immigration policy. Among the changes the order declared is an immediate 90-day ban on entry into the United States by citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, as well as restrictions on the admission of refugees.
Seward County Community College is committed to the free exchange of ideas—across disciplines, across cultures, across continents. As we state in our mission for institutional advancement, Seward “provides opportunities to enrich and improve each person’s life through a range of academic programs, including technical education, certificate and degree programs, and transferable degree programs, for the advancement of the individual and the community.”
We have heard from many students about the impact of this order, particularly its impact on higher education, and while the particular impact is unclear as events are moving quickly and still unfolding, please know that each of us here at Seward are here to support your success and to help, the best we can, settle any angst or uncertainty you may feel.
I also want to remind you of our policies concerning immigration:
• We welcome all students without regard to their immigration status. We will continue to admit students without discrimination because of national origin.
• We ensure the privacy of student records, including immigration status, consistent with state and federal laws.
We will continue to provide resources to help concerned students to understand and navigate the implications of the executive order. If students have questions about their particular circumstances, they should not hesitate to contact Mariah Cline, campus counselor at 620-417-4283, or or Celeste Donovan, Vice President, at 620-629-5589.
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