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Resources for Those Affected by Presidential Executive Orders

On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order titled Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals

What It's About

The executive order suspends entry into the United States of both nonimmigrants and immigrants from seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) for 90 days, except for those traveling on diplomatic, NATO, C-2, G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas. (Read a summary of the other provisions of the order here.)

The night of Friday, February 3, a federal judge in Seattle temporarily halted the enforcement of the ban.

On Thursday, February 9, A federal appeals panel maintained the freeze on the immigration order, meaning previously barred refugees and citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries can continue entering the United States.

What It Means

If you are a student or scholar from one of the above countries and currently in the United States in any nonimmigrant status, (e.g., B, F, J, H, O, TN, etc.) UMass Boston's International Student and Scholar Office advises against travel outside the United States, as you may not be permitted return in accordance with this ban. If you are affected by this executive order, please contact the ISSO immediately at 617.287.5586 or isss@umb.edu so that they can update you on the current state of this order. Many questions are answered on our FAQ page. The ISSO is one of several resources on campus.

Where UMass Boston Stands

As stated in Chancellor J. Keith Motley's email to the university community on January 29, UMass Boston is proud to be a diverse university, and home to students from many different countries. The chancellor previously stated the university's support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and our undocumented immigrant students.

Resources

On-Campus Resources

The Office of Global Programs provides counseling and information for international students and others with concerns related to immigration. 

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion can provide referrals to students. Call 617.287.4818.

The University Health Services Counseling Center is available for consultation to students, faculty and staff, and offers counseling appointments and walk-in emergency services to students. Visit https://www.umb.edu/healthservices/counseling_center or call 617.287.5690.

The Women’s Center has open office hours with Rachel Ring Thursdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in Suite 3100 of the Campus Center. She's also in the center Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:50 and Mondays from 5-6. For appointments, email Rachel.Ring001@umb.edu.

The Interfaith Campus Ministry is located on the third floor of McCormack Hall, off the Ryan Lounge. The Interfaith Center Sanctuary is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Prayer Space is open 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Juma Prayer is Friday at 1. Call 617.287.5938 or 617.287.5939. 

The Student Immigrant Movement (SIM) is a nonprofit organization that organizes undocumented students in Massachusetts. To be connected to UMass Boston's SIM chapter, contact Loan Dao at Loan.Dao@umb.edu.

The charge of the Queer Student Center (also known as the QSC, or "The Q") is to facilitate the educational and social development of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQQ) population at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Email qsc@umb.edu.

International Student and Scholar Office

The International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) serves as the institution’s resource for all immigration matters and visa benefits for UMass Boston students and scholars and employees (in student and scholar visa classifications). This office is your principal liaison to the U.S. government agencies that oversee your stay in the U.S. They provide counsel to UMass Boston-sponsored visa holders through drop-in advising sessions, scheduled workshops, and information seminars, so that you stay informed, ensuring that your principal focus is on your academics and/or research activities, allowing you to make valuable contributions to your community and to enjoy your stay in Boston. You can reach an advisor in the ISSO by calling 617.287.5586 or emailing isss@umb.edu.

International Travel

UMass Boston is a strong advocate of international education and programs, international research activities, and collaborations, as well as of international service learning experiences opportunities that support student learning and professional development, and strengthen faculty and staff scholarship and professional growth. The university is also aware that the potential risks related to international travel are varied, and at times could be life-threatening. These pages are provided for international travelers to research and prepare for their travel overseas.

Global Student and Scholar Support Forum

The Global Student and Scholar Support Forum is a dedicated group of staff and faculty from offices and departments across campus who meets monthly to share advice, information, ideas, and experiences working with and within the UMass Boston international community. A primary purpose of the forum is to foster open communication among university representatives with specific focus on topics pertaining to the needs of international students and scholars while deepening responsiveness and engagement with cross-cultural issues. This group advocates for global education to be a campus-wide priority. This forum was created to forge a space for meaningful collaboration, spreading understanding, encouragement, and support of the larger UMass Boston global network. To join or for more information, contact global@umb.edu.

Additional Support for Faculty and Staff

ComPsych® provides faculty and staff with confidential support, resources and information to help with personal and work-life concerns. Call 844-393-4983 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or visit www.guidanceresources.com and enter the company ID UMASS.

Off-Campus Resources

Some immigration resources, including attorney resources, are available here.

If Out of the Country and Need Immediate Assistance

If you travel abroad and you are not permitted to return to the U.S., contact UMass Boston Public Safety at 617.287.1212. UMass Boston Public Safety is available for response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and will notify Office of Global Programs staff and university emergency management immediately of your case. If you are at John F. Kennedy International Airport, you can call the ACLU hotline at 212.607.3310.

UMass Boston is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment free of intimidation, harassment, domestic abuse, and sexual misconduct, which includes relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. Such conduct is prohibited by federal law (Title IX) and by university policy and will not be tolerated—whether it takes place on or off campus. UMass Boston takes all allegations of sexual misconduct seriously and provides information, resources, and direction to members of the university community in an effort to prevent it and resolve all allegations. For more information about resources, polices and complaint procedures, please visit www.umb.edu/odi.