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Office of the President
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Response to President's 1.27.17 Executive Order

To the University Community:

On Friday, January 27, the White House issued an executive order suspending the entry of refugees to the U.S. for 120 days and blocking entry for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Refugees from Syria are banned indefinitely. On Saturday, a federal judge in New York issued an emergency stay, ruling that detained refugees should not be sent back to their home countries. Federal judges in Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington have also ruled to stay some of the order's impact. Until clarifying orders, regulations or rulings are issued, the situation is very unsettled.

To the best of our knowledge none of our directly affected students, faculty or staff (fewer than a dozen people) is currently outside the U.S. Many of us have friends, family or colleagues who will be touched by this executive order. Our Muslim community members and their many allies are also concerned by intensifying discrimination. Pacific pledges to do everything possible to help the members of our community who are non-citizens, and to continue to promote the principles of diversity and inclusivity that have been integral to our university since its inception. All of higher education has a responsibility to stand together against discriminatory acts blind to the richness diversity brings to education. We must remember that the quest for knowledge has no country.

With the current uncertainty, we recommend that students, faculty or staff who are citizens of the seven nations named in this order, or who plan to travel to these countries, delay or reconsider their travel until the situation has been clarified in the courts. Because the current order could expand in scope, and because visas may become harder to obtain, members of our university community who are not U.S. citizens may want to consider delaying non-essential foreign travel.

Any Pacifican with questions about his or her status or visa should contact International Programs and Services at or 209.946.2246. Director of IPS Ryan Griffith and his staff will help direct your inquiry to the appropriate contact. You can also access information on our website.

I want to assure you that University of the Pacific remains steadfastly committed to the well-being of all students regardless of their immigration status or religious background. We will continue to provide a respectful, safe and inclusive environment, and continue to embrace the intellectual freedom, religious freedom, and freedom of expression that are the hallmarks of being a Pacifican.


Pam Eibeck