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Interim Chancellor Executive Order, Immigration Response

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

  • The Office of International Affairs: The Office of International Affairs (“OIA”) provides support for all international students, faculty and staff. The OIA staff are available as a resource concerning immigration regulations, the recently issued Executive Order and general international student concerns. Please contact them at (919) 530-7912 for more information.

Resources for Students

  • Department of Student Health and Counseling: The NCCU Counseling Center is staffed by licensed psychologists and mental health professionals who can offer a confidential place to talk about any concern. For assistance during business hours (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.), please contact (919) 530-7646. For assistance after hours, please contact (919) 530-6106.
  • Dean of Students (Division of Student Affairs): Toya Corbett, Ph.D., dean of students, is available for support, advice, guidance and consultation. She may be reached at (919) 530-7466 or tcorbet7@nccu.edu for assistance.

Resources for Faculty & Staff

  • Department of Human Resources: The Department of Human Resources offers free and confidential guidance and support to benefits-eligible employees and their partners to address issues that may be affecting their personal lives and/or job satisfaction or performance. Please contact (919) 530-6334 for assistance.

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.

Interim Chancellor


Published: Monday, January 30, 2017
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