SIU Graduate Students Seek Clarification to Immigration Ban Assurances

Feb 13, 2017

The organization that represents graduate and professional students on the SIU Carbondale campus wants more from the administration when it comes to protections for international students.

Graduate and Professional Student Council Vice President for Student Affairs Johnathan Flowers told SIU Trustees last week that recent statements didn't go far enough.
"GPSC insists that we, as a campus, go beyond simple assurances of support for its international students, and demonstrate a willingness to advocate and serve through concrete, visible actions, so that there is no doubt of such support."
But administrators say they can't risk running afoul of federal law in shielding students, faculty, and staff.

President Randy Dunn says people affected by the new executive orders are being supported on a case-by-case basis.
"Each individual case is getting worked by some staffer at the two offices, and I think getting served well."
Dunn and other leaders say the rules are changing almost daily, and experts on each campus are working to make sure those affected know what's happening and how it applies to them.