Guidelines and Contacts for Our Community
March 3, 2017
Dear Members of the Loyola Community,
As you know, Loyola’s longstanding commitment to undocumented students on all our campuses is unwavering. I am writing to share information regarding this commitment; to detail certain University guidelines regarding subpoenas, warrants, or other requests for information; and to apprise you of how we will coordinate on behalf of our Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students moving forward.
The University has taken a leadership role in supporting undocumented students for several years, and we have garnered national attention for our support of DACA students in the Stritch School of Medicine. Our commitment to students regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or immigration status is central to our Jesuit, Catholic mission. This includes upholding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to protect the privacy of student education records and partnering with Campus Safety to preserve the personal safety and dignity of all Loyola students, faculty, and staff. We will continue to work across University departments and with our local, state, and federal allies to support and advocate for DACA students to the fullest extent of the law.
We are closely monitoring the DACA issue and related executive orders. This is a dynamic situation with wide-ranging implications for our institution, our students, and students at higher education institutions across the United States. We are working closely with our higher education partners and coalitions, including the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, and the American Council on Education, to strategically leverage our resources and maximize our efforts on behalf of our students.
I want to make sure that all members of our community are informed of certain University guidelines regarding subpoenas, warrants, or other requests for information. If a subpoena relates in any way to undocumented students at Loyola, including but not limited to DACA students, or an immigration enforcement action, you must immediately notify the Office of the General Counsel at 312.915.6200. This includes, but is not limited to, subpoenas related to education records of undocumented students, information regarding Loyola’s policies or procedures pertaining to undocumented students, and/or criminal investigations or other law enforcement activities related to undocumented students at Loyola.
Additionally, please be advised that if you are served with a warrant of any kind, the only action you should take is to politely ask the law enforcement officials serving the warrant (e.g. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), FBI, IRS, Chicago Police Department) to wait in the office while you immediately contact Thomas K. Murray, chief of police and director of Campus Safety, at 773.508.6039 and Katherine Kenny, assistant general counsel, in the Office of the General Counsel at 312.915.6200 for instructions. Our University guidelines stipulate that faculty, staff, administrators, and students do not otherwise engage with the law enforcement officials.
I have charged K.C. Mmeje, EdD, assistant vice president and dean of students in the Division of Student Development, to serve as the point of contact for all DACA-related information, issues, and concerns. He will coordinate with colleagues on the Health Sciences Campus as well as with Arrupe College on all DACA-related issues. Please contact the Office of the Dean of Students directly at 773.508.8840 so that we can ensure timely and effective communication and collaboration on behalf of all our DACA students at Loyola.
Thank you for your continued commitment to our students and our mission.
Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD