BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo is assessing the
executive order and is actively monitoring the order’s
potential impact on UB students, faculty, staff and visiting
scholars who are from countries cited in the order.
Until there is clarity and legal analysis of the executive
order, the university is advising that affected members of the
university community monitor this evolving situation to assess how
they may be impacted. The university will provide updates to
the university community as the situation becomes clearer and
stands ready to provide support and advice to members of our
university community who may be affected by any changes in
UB is an international community. And since our
university’s founding in 1846, UB has been enriched by
students, faculty and staff from around the world.
Despite current and pending executive actions affecting access
to the U.S. by persons from designated countries, UB is a welcoming
campus for students, faculty and visitors from across the globe,
and is committed to remaining so.
It is important to keep in mind the valuable and far-reaching
contributions our international students, faculty and staff make to
UB’s research, education and engagement missions. UB’s
international community benefits all of us, enhancing the diversity
of our community, our global learning opportunities and the
richness of our cultural and intellectual life.
- 122 UB students, primarily from Iran, are from the countries
affected by the executive order. The university intends to be
in contact with each student to offer support and guidance as the
spring semester begins next week at UB. In addition, the university
will reach out to visiting scholars and permanent residents from
the affected countries.
- The university is currently assessing the impact of the
executive order on faculty, staff and visiting scholars from the
countries cited in the executive order.
- As a matter of policy and practice, at UB, the privacy of
student educational records is protected pursuant to the Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
- A Jan. 24 resolution by the SUNY Board of Trustees affirms SUNY
policy that its university police departments do not participate in
the enforcement of federal immigration law unless compelled to do
so by court order or other legal mandate. This is consistent
with guidance issued recently by the New York State Attorney
General regarding the participation of local law enforcement in
federal immigration enforcement.
- At UB, University Police does not and shall not routinely
inquire about an individual’s immigration status.
- At UB, University Police does not make inquiries into the
immigration status of students, faculty, staff or our visitors
unless there has been an arrest.
- It is important to note that U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) policy characterizes colleges and universities as
“sensitive locations”—meaning enforcement
actions should not occur unless necessitated by extraordinary