CWRU Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order; Info Session Today

Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder and Provost and Executive Vice President W.A. “Bud” Baeslack issued the following statement to the university’s students, faculty and staff on Sunday, January 29, 2017, regarding the Executive Order that President Trump signed Friday suspending entry into the U.S. of people from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for the next 90 days and which also bars from the U.S. refugees from any country for 120 days.

Knowledge and understanding have no boundaries.

This principle is so fundamental to who we are as a university that our 2008 and 2013 strategic plans both cited “promotion of an inclusive culture of global citizenship” as essential to our mission.

Over the last decade, we have dramatically increased our international programs—including admissions recruitment, study abroad participation and academic collaborations around the world. All of these steps, and many others, have enhanced learning and discovery even more than we could have imagined.

The Executive Order President Trump signed Friday, then, is antithetical to our core values, in that it directly hinders our ability to fulfill our obligations to our students—and to society at large.

More immediately, the order has created enormous uncertainty for those from the predominantly Muslim nations the order affects. To all of you, we express our deepest regret for the fear and worry you are experiencing right now. Please know that we at Case Western Reserve will do all that we can to provide you information, assistance and support as you deal with this development and its impacts.

To that end, officials from international affairs, student affairs and human resources will host an informational meeting regarding the order and available resources at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, in Ford Auditorium. In addition, we are reaching out to faculty, staff and students from the countries cited in the order to let them know of our concern and commitment to provide help and guidance. Those with questions now can email international@case.edu (for students) or carolyn.gregory@case.edu (for faculty and staff).

Meanwhile, we want to assure the entire campus that we are working closely with colleagues at other campuses as well as the Association of American Universities (AAU). The association’s president, Mary Sue Coleman, issued a statement on the order last night that we both endorse. You can read it on the AAU’s website.