Sanctuary Campuses and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

Published December 22, 2016

At the University at Buffalo (UB), we are committed to fostering an inclusive and welcoming campus community where all feel safe, respected, and valued. These core values, together with our principles of equity and fairness, are the bedrock of our university community, and they are embedded in our policies and our practices.  University Police does not and shall not routinely inquire about an individual’s immigration status.  Nor do University Police make inquiries into the immigration status of students, faculty, staff or our visitors, unless there has been an arrest and the individual’s immigration status is clearly pertinent to the investigation.  The university cannot refuse to cooperate with the federal government regarding immigration law; however, the university does not provide information to any agency unless required by law.

The university firmly believes that all students, including students who benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program here at UB and across our nation, should have the opportunity to pursue their educational goals and their professional aspirations. UB’s mandate as a public research university is to contribute to an educated citizenry that is so critical to a robust democracy.

To once again underscore UB’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive campus community, President Satish Tripathi signed the “Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and Our Undocumented Immigrant Students.” This statement of support, which was circulated nationwide and has been signed by a number of college and university presidents, is another expression of how we at UB strongly uphold the value of being a diverse university

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 circumstances. 

SUNY campus presidents do not have the independent legal authority to declare their school a sanctuary campus.  Should action on this issue become necessary, evaluation will begin with the SUNY Board of Trustees. 

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