Message to the Community from Chancellor Syverud
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
In recent weeks, I have heard from many members of the Syracuse University community seeking the University’s support for undocumented students. I appreciate the counsel I have received from students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as support from faith-based, political and other community leaders.
On November 17, 2016, I made Syracuse University a signatory to a letter expressing support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, known as DACA, joining hundreds of other universities and colleges. I felt it important for the University to demonstrate its commitment to students who came to this country as children, were raised and educated here, but remain “undocumented.” By expressing our support for DACA and undocumented students, we are sending a clear message that the student experience here at Syracuse University is, and will continue to be, shared broadly and equally. I feel strongly that all students must feel welcome, safe and supported.
I respect those who have called for the creation of a “sanctuary campus.” I will be calling on the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience, the Council on Diversity and Inclusion and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to work together to ensure all members of our community are protected from physical harm, discrimination and intimidation. These groups will also be charged with establishing opportunities for dialogue and reflection among students, faculty and staff to promote and advance a diverse and inclusive campus community.
Like all other U.S. universities and colleges, federal laws and regulations reach nearly every aspect of our mission and operations. Syracuse University is steadfast in our efforts to exceed obligations under the Clery Act, Title IX and FERPA, among other laws that contribute to a safe and equitable campus environment. Syracuse University simply cannot ignore federal laws. However, it is our policy not to share student information, like academic records, medical history or immigration status, unless required by law. This policy is observed by DPS, which does not inquire about immigration status when it is fulfilling its duty of serving and protecting our campus community.
As this important public conversation continues, our community repeatedly demonstrates what makes Syracuse University such a special place―our collective commitment to inclusion. This is one of our core strengths. We care deeply about our students, embrace all individuals, listen to diverse viewpoints, respect differences and empower all members of our community to succeed. At Syracuse, we remain firmly rooted in these values.
Chancellor Kent Syverud