Le Moyne College adamantly opposes the proposed ruling by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that would restrict international students from access to education within the United States if the institution they attend is only offering on-line instruction.
If enforced as written, this policy will be extremely detrimental to not only those international students directly impacted but also for the chilling effect it will have on potential future students. It is discriminatory and diametrically opposed to the values we hold as educators.
With more than 180 other Jesuit institutions, Le Moyne and its sister colleges and universities are part of a global network that together boasts a vibrant tapestry of individual and cultural diversity on our campuses. This proposal would impact that diversity by denying students the ability to continue studies at their institution of choice. Further, the precedent set through such a ruling could be the first step in refusing students from other nations the ability to matriculate at colleges and universities in the U.S. for other reasons.
We are committed to working with our elected officials to deny passage of this ruling, and stand in solidarity with all other institutions of higher education in the United States in taking a stand against this proposal.
Linda M. LeMura, Ph.D.