Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff, All Students
Message From:Message from the Office of the President
Date Sent:Wednesday, July 15, 2020 02:15 PM CDT

ICE Ruling Reversal: A Victory for Higher Learning

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

We are gratified by the U.S. government’s decision to rescind the July 6 ruling of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. That decision would have unfairly impacted international students by requiring them to take in-person classes or return to their home countries. This is not only a huge relief for these students, but a testimony to the advocacy of the Loyola University Chciago community as part of the family of higher education institutions. We were glad that other such institutions across the country voiced their concerns. We all spoke in unison against this sudden and objectionable ruling and responded with legal action to support our international constituencies.

Loyola was proud to have joined 15 other Illinois universities in filing a declaration with the Illinois Attorney General against the ruling. We were also one of 178 colleges and universities in an amicus brief supporting the legal complaint by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

We resolved to provide the on-campus academic experience needed to keep our international students enrolled at Loyola. Our schools began working with the Associate Provost for Global and Community Engagement to develop courses to fulfill this experience. This reversal ensures that an obstacle is removed from our path. We will thus continue to move forward toward a Fall 2020 semester with the health and safety of our community remaining a priority.

Possibly even more notable, we again experienced the devotion of Loyola faculty and staff. In a true demonstration of cura personalis, community members across the University quickly rallied around our international students with offers of assistance and support. Our Office of International Programs (OIP) and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) in particular responded with great resilience, and numerous Loyola teachers offered to come to campus so that international students could be here. Our faculty again demonstrated that the gift of instruction matures freely in the human spirit, and their compassionate actions in moments like these elevate the ensign of Loyola’s mission and values. We are grateful for our community’s deep commitment to each and every student.

Together in Loyola,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD

Norberto M. Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer