Dear Members of the John Carroll Community,

I write to assure you that we join others in the worldwide higher education community to support those affected by President Trump’s executive order suspending entry into the United States from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. As a Jesuit Catholic University, we remain committed to an inclusive and diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

As I shared previously in the Statement of AJCU Presidents on Undocumented Students, we will take every action within the law to protect all members of our community, including Muslim students, faculty, and staff who are here on visas. Consonant with our Jesuit heritage, we will care for these, our students and colleagues.

We support those in our University community from the affected countries, and I recommend that those from the seven countries listed in the executive order who need assistance contact any of the following offices: Office of the Provost, the Office of Student Affairs, or the Office of Global Education.

We join the leaders of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities; the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU); and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) to advocate for sensible immigration policies that do not discriminate against our students, faculty, and staff, while still protecting national security.

We will update you periodically about the situation. I welcome your views and suggestions, and I appreciate those who have shared their concerns for our community.


Robert L. Niehoff, S.J.