Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff, All Students
Message From:Message from the Office of the President
Date Sent:Monday, July 13, 2020 04:30 PM CDT

ICE Ruling: Loyola Supports Our Students through Legal and Legislative Action

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

We remain troubled by the disruptive guidelines announced July 6 by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. These guidelines would prohibit international students living in the United States from enrolling exclusively in online classes. Last week we outlined our commitment to providing continuing opportunities for international students. In parallel, we continue to pursue legal and legislative remedies to overturn these unfair rules and want to update you on some of those actions.

Loyola University Chicago, as a member of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, joined 178 colleges and universities in an amicus brief filed in support of the legal complaint by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The plaintiffs seek an injunction against the new guidance from ICE. Additionally, we have filed a declaration with the Illinois Attorney General’s office in support of a multi-state lawsuit led by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This lawsuit seeks to block the ICE rules on the grounds that they are arbitrary and capricious. The lawsuit also claims that the rules are harmful to both students and institutions of higher learning.

We are pleased that our national associations for post-secondary education are united in their opposition to this disruptive guidance. These associations include the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, (AJCU), the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), and the American Council on Education (ACE). Loyola is coordinating its own advocacy with these associations. The higher education community has also issued a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Hon. Chad Wolf. The community is urging the withdrawal of the July 6 guidance. Late last week, members of Congress also wrote to Acting Secretary Wolf. We were pleased to see many members of the Illinois Delegation with whom we work closely as signers to this congressional letter.

The ICE directive disregards guidance issued in the spring that recognized the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. That guidance provided flexibility to prioritize the academic needs of all students. Forcing any international student who is in the U.S. legally to leave the country at this unprecedented time is misguided and inhumane. The safety and wellness of the entire community is our priority as we navigate the implications of this decision and plan for a safe, restructured fall semester. We affirm our commitment to the members of our international community as companions in our global Jesuit mission. We will always welcome, support, and advocate for you as you pursue a Loyola education.

Together in Loyola,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Norberto Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer