1. U-M remains committed to helping all students succeed

    March 2, 2018

    The University of Michigan remains committed to taking all necessary steps to assure every student on our campus has the opportunity to succeed.

    The U.S. Supreme Court has recently decided not to take up a key case related to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. By declining to immediately consider the case, a prior federal court ruling will stand. This means that the federal government must resume renewals of DACA, and the injunction remains in place prohibiting the Trump administration’s plan to rescind the program on March 5.

    As we wait for a final determination of the DACA program, we continue to strive to ensure that all members of our community will be able to pursue their ambitions at the University of Michigan.

    Every student and scholar at U-M has earned the opportunity to succeed. We want everyone to know that we welcome them and deeply value and cherish their essential contributions to our academic community.

    In recent months, we have taken several actions to support our students while urging our elected leaders to continue the DACA program. Those actions include:

    • We are aggressively working alongside hundreds of universities, colleges and other organizations to pursue federal legislation that would provide a longterm solution that will ensure the DACA program continues.
    • In January we added a program manager, Hector Galvan, in the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives to focus on connecting self-identifying undocumented students on our campus to the services that they may need to access.
    • We created a guide with DACA information and resources for support.

    The university’s specific actions related to immigration status are consistent with our long-standing positions on non-discrimination, privacy and public safety. They can be read here.

    I appreciate all of the many individuals here at U-M and across the nation – including educators, business leaders, and elected officials from both parties – who stand with us in seeking a permanent DACA solution that allows us to uphold our highest values of academic excellence and inclusion for all.