UT Dallas President Issues Statement on Immigration Executive Order

Dear colleagues and students:

From its founding, UT Dallas has benefited from the advantages of a diverse community. This University stands firmly committed to the educational growth that comes from cultural exchange that takes place when we interact with scholars from around the world. 

So, it is understandable that the events of this weekend related to the executive order that bars individuals from seven countries into the United States have prompted many questions about the impact upon our campus. The order suspends admission for nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen for at least 90 days from the date of the order.

Of immediate concern is the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. To the best of my knowledge, no member of our campus community has been barred from entry.

The issues related to the executive order will continue to unfold in the coming days. Let me reassure you that the leadership team and I will continue to monitor the events at hand and remain in touch with The University of Texas System and its Office of General Counsel

I urge anyone with questions, especially those related to international travel, to seek guidance from Cristen Casey in the University’s International Center at [email protected], or 972-883-4189.

Finally, I want to strongly reaffirm that UT Dallas serves the entire University community, regardless of race, religion, immigration status or nation of origin.


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Dr. Richard C. Benson
Eugene McDermott Distinguished University Chair of Leadership

Media Contact: The Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected].