Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff, All Students
Message From:Message from the Office of the President, Message from the Office of the Provost
Date Sent:Thursday, July 9, 2020 04:30 PM CDT

Loyola’s Support for International Students and Response to ICE Ruling

July 9, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Loyola University Chicago welcomes and supports students of all faiths and ethnic and economic backgrounds. We proudly welcome more than 1,000 international students, scholars, faculty, and staff across the University. Rooted in Jesuit, Catholic values, we embrace and encourage the diverse, global perspectives our international students bring to our Loyola community, city of Chicago, and our country. 

As we work on finalizing fall semester 2020, we want to make clear that our plans include offering on-campus academic courses to keep our international students enrolled with Loyola as they make progress toward their degrees. Additional information will be shared directly with these affected students.

We are dismayed and appalled by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) new temporary ruling on F-1 and M-1 students not being permitted to maintain their students visas if their programs and schools are fully online for the fall semester. This sudden ruling was issued without any consultation from postsecondary institutions, and the department did not even provide the opportunity for public comment–contrary to law, custom, and practice.

Loyola, along with the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), will participate in action plans across the higher education community in response to this new rule, including the pursuit of existing and planned judicial and legislative actions. 

In the meantime, we are currently working diligently with our campus partners and academic departments on a plan to assist our international students. The safety and wellness of the entire Loyola community continues to be our priority as we navigate the implications of this decision, as well as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to support and advocate for our international student population in this time of uncertainty and remain committed to helping them complete a world-class Jesuit education.

Please join me in supporting our international students who remain important members of our Loyola community during this challenging time.  Our entire community has been greatly tested over the past several months; by working together and caring for one another, we will come up with creative solutions and emerge stronger and more resilient.

Together in Loyola,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Norberto M. Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer