Statement on Federal Executive Order

January 30, 2017

Dear members of the SUNY Geneseo community,

As you may be aware, President Trump has issued an executive order calling for the suspension of entry to the U.S. for nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen for at least 90 days.

We at SUNY Geneseo recognize the broader significance of the executive order and its potential effects on those within our College community. We are working with our colleagues at SUNY system administration to understand fully the details of this new order and the impact it may have on students, faculty and staff both abroad and at home, so that we may best support those individuals. At this time, I urge those who believe they may be affected by the executive order to contact staff in our International Student & Scholar Services office with questions or requests for assistance.

Please also know that SUNY system administration is recommending the suspension of travel plans to the countries included in the executive order. Additionally, SUNY has established a website to provide students and families with current resources as well as additional information as it becomes available. Visit the SUNY news page for a statement from SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall and Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on the federal immigration policy changes.  

As the situation continues to unfold, it is important to remind ourselves of the values that draw us all together. As a community that welcomes students and scholars from around the world, let us continue to be unwavering in our commitment to inclusivity and fostering a diverse campus community that respects the unique talents and contributions we all bring to the Geneseo campus. As I have said on a number of occasions in recent months, our diversity gives us strength, and we will continue to ensure our campus remains an inviting and safe learning environment for all who study, work and visit here.


Denise A. Battles