Statement on Immigration Executive Order

January 30, 2017

Dear global health colleagues,

We are living in dangerous times and need to support our diversity as a nation.

Please see the statement below on immigration policies issued by Stanford University leadership. Additional statements, including travel guidance and campus resources, are available here.

We as academics need to urge a rescinding of the ban on Muslim immigration, on the slippery slope to religious persecution and human rights abuse. A petition has been sent around which you might want to sign as a member of the Academy:

Keep your spirits strong.

Michele Barry, MD, FACP
Professor of Medicine and Tropical Diseases
Senior Associate Dean for Global Health
Director, Stanford University Center for Innovation in Global Health


Statement of Stanford leadership on immigration principles

As an academic institution and as a community, Stanford welcomes and embraces students and scholars from around the world who contribute immeasurably to our mission of education and discovery. Inclusion and nondiscrimination are core values of our community, and they extend to people from around the world regardless of citizenship or nationality. We recognize that those who set national immigration policy must account for national security considerations to keep our country safe. But policies that restrict the broad flow of people and ideas across national borders, or that have the effect or appearance of excluding people based on religion or ethnicity, are deeply antithetical to both our mission and our values.

As Stanford leaders, we wish to reiterate and emphasize the following key principles of our university’s support for our international scholars and undocumented students:

  • Stanford’s mission of research and teaching is deepened and enriched by students and scholars from around the world. The flow of students, educators and researchers across national borders is essential to our mission as an educational institution.


  • Stanford is committed to a welcoming and supportive environment for all students, faculty, staff and scholars, and it provides services and support to them without regard to their immigration status, religion, nationality, ethnicity or other characteristics.


  • The university keeps student and personnel records private. It does not share information with anyone, including law enforcement authorities, about immigration status, religion, nationality, ethnicity or other information about individual students unless presented with a subpoena or other legally binding requirement.


  • Immigration enforcement is the responsibility of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, not the university or local law enforcement. The Stanford Department of Public Safety does not inquire about immigration status in the normal course of its duties and will not participate with other agencies in immigration enforcement activities unless legally required to do so.


  • Stanford treats undocumented students as domestic students in the admission process, assessing their applications under the same need-blind admission policy it uses for citizens of the United States. Stanford uses institutional funds to meet the full financial need of those undocumented students who are admitted.


  • Stanford has actively supported the DREAM Act legislation since its introduction in 2001, which would enable undocumented students to continue their education and apply for citizenship. Stanford also supports DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which has allowed undocumented individuals who entered the United States as children to remain in the country without fear of deportation, and is among the more than 600 colleges and universities that have signed a letter in support of DACA.


  • Stanford has expressed its strong support for the BRIDGE Act, new bipartisan legislation that would preserve the protections for those who have remained in the United States under the DACA program, which is an executive action rather than a law.


As events unfold, the university intends to continue vigorously advocating before Congress, the Executive Branch, and beyond for policies consistent with its commitment to members of our community who are international, undocumented and those who are impacted by the recent executive order.

Marc Tessier-Lavigne, President
John Etchemendy, Provost
Persis Drell, incoming Provost

Stanford support efforts

While information at the federal level continues to change, the university continues to reach out to members of the Stanford community most affected by the executive order to offer aid and advice. See here for information about campus resources and upcoming events.