Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all students. Hobart and William Smith have a long and proud history of enrolling international students and employing international faculty and staff.

The Colleges will provide on-going resources and information to the campus community in order to affirm our values of a culture of respect and inclusion on our campus.

Students or employees of the Colleges on visas that hail from the nations implicated by the Executive Order and that require legal guidance are encouraged to reach out to:

  • Louis Guard, Vice President and General Counsel, at (315) 781-3065.

Students with general questions about international student services may reach out to:

  • Robb Flowers, Vice President for Campus Life, at (315) 781-3900
  • David Gage, Director of International Student Affairs, at (315) 781-3900
  • Alejandra Molina, Director of Intercultural Affairs, at (315) 781-3319

What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?

Deferred action is a relief from immigration which, via the Department for Homeland Security, authorizes a non–U.S. citizen to remain in the U.S. temporarily. A grant of deferred action is temporary and does not provide a path to lawful permanent resident status or U.S. citizenship. However, a person granted deferred action is considered by the federal government to be lawfully present in the U.S. for as long as the grant of deferred action is in effect. For more information, visit the National Immigration Law Center and other resources below.

According to the American Immigration Council, deferred action is granted on a case-by-case basis. More information about the program can be found here.

What information is released about undocumented students?

Our actions related to immigration status are consistent with our non-discrimination policy and our commitment to safeguarding the privacy of all community members. To be clear, the Colleges do not track or maintain a list of students who may be undocumented. The Colleges require warrants and subpoenas from law enforcement seeking access to student and employee records or access to campus buildings for non-emergency circumstances. Our Campus Safety Officers have no responsibility or authority to enforce U.S. immigration law, nor can they detain anyone based solely on immigration status.


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