Dear NCCU Community:
On Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order limiting immigrant and non-immigrant visa holders from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days from the order issuance date. The Executive Order also called for a suspension of the refugee admission program for 120 days and to suspend all refugee processing of Syrian nationals. The University of North Carolina System has also released a statement regarding this matter, which can be viewed here: http://northcarolina.edu/content/statement-jan-27-exec-order.
Since the order was issued, two federal courts have implemented stays that temporarily block the deportation of individuals who have arrived at U.S. airports with valid visas. While the full impact of this order on the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and international communities remain unclear, the university is committed to helping individuals who are directly or indirectly affected.
NCCU has a long history of welcoming and embracing diversity, including ethnicity, gender, religion and national origin. We will continue to protect and provide an environment that is inclusive of all backgrounds, cultures and walks of life.
As a community, we acknowledge that many are concerned about the potential impact of the order, most notably on those from the affected countries and their family members and friends. At this time, we strongly recommend students and employees who are nationals of the countries identified in the order to refrain from traveling outside the country.
NCCU also offers a number of resources that students, faculty and staff can use as needed:
Resources for Faculty, Staff and Students
Resources for Students
Resources for Faculty & Staff
As we monitor the continued impact of this order on the university community, I would like to reiterate the importance of demonstrating respect towards all community members, regardless of background, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin or political affiliation.
We will share updates with you as they become available.
Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D.