Illinois State University President Larry Dietz issued a statement to students, faculty and staff July 13 regarding the new policies from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement about international students and remote learning.
The statement states that “the State of Illinois and Illinois Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit on behalf of Illinois State University and other universities in the state seeking an injunction to stop the implementation of the entire new federal rule.”
Dietz said that he is “deeply disappointed in” ICE and “opposes” the new policies. He also went on to state that ISU is among the 16 institutions in Illinois’ opposition.
“I have also joined other university presidents from across the country in signing a letter by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) calling on Congress to urge the withdrawal of the new rule and instead restore flexibility needed to support international students during the pandemic,” Dietz stated.
Dietz stated that ISU Provost Aondover Tarhule has informed international students about ISU’s support. The university will continue to monitor the possible impact of the policies and communicate with international students to offer guidance about the fall semester.
The university will host a town hall with returning and incoming international students on July 16 regarding their concerns, how to assist and support them going forward and providing updates on the actions being taken.
The full email can be read below.