Dean of Students in the University Michele Rasmussen and Vice Provost Melissa Gilliam sent an email to the student body on Wednesday afternoon reaffirming the University’s commitment to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The email also detailed actions that the University is taking “to ensure that everyone can continue to participate fully in their education.”
Started in 2012, DACA is a federal program that allows eligible undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. while under the age of 16 to remain in the country for renewable two-year periods. An upcoming Supreme Court ruling could result in the termination of the program.
According to the email, the University is considering hosting additional “Know Your Rights” workshops to prepare students who may be affected by this change. The most recent of these workshops took place in November.
The University also offers “free legal screenings with attorneys from Chicago law firms,” typically in conjunction with the workshops.
“Regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision, we will continue to support students who may be affected by changes to the DACA program,” the email said. “The University will continue to meet the full demonstrated financial aid needs of undocumented students in the College. Financial and other arrangements will be made with impacted undergraduate, graduate, and professional students on a case-by-case basis, as each student’s situation is unique.”
The email recommended that students with questions or concerns contact their dean of students. The Center for Identity + Inclusion website also has resources for undocumented students.