Columbia University in the City of New York

University Statements on U.S. Immigration Policy

March 2017
Message Responding to Second Executive Order on Immigration and Refugee Policy from President Lee C. Bollinger
“As we have said many times and on many occasions, we will continue to support students, faculty, and visiting scholars from the now six designated countries, and all others in our community who may be harmed by this policy.” 
  • Read the full message here.
February 2017
Reminder of Resources – and Support – for DACA and Undocumented Students from Executive Vice President for University Life Suzanne Goldberg
“These services and support are ongoing for as long as circumstances require, and will be updated as conditions change.”
  • Read the full message here.
February 2017
Columbia Joins Amicus Brief Opposing Executive Order
On February 13th, Columbia filed a friend-of-the-court brief with 16 other universities in a challenge to the immigration executive order issued in late January. The brief argues that “safety and security concerns can be addressed in a manner that is consistent with the values America has always stood for, including the free flow of ideas and people across borders and the welcoming of immigrants to our universities.”
  • Read the full message here.
January 2017
Message Responding to Executive Order on Refugee and Immigration Policy from President Lee C. Bollinger
“We join with many peers in decrying this action as discriminatory, damaging to America’s leadership in higher education, and contrary to our nation’s core values and founding principles.
  • Read the full message here.
November 2016 Message on Post-Election Issues and Concerns from Provost John Coatsworth Contains information about relevant policies and the University's plans for ensuring that every person at Columbia feels safe, is able to proceed unimpeded with their studies and their work, and understands beyond question that Columbia’s dedication to inclusion and diversity is and will remain unwavering. 
  • Read the full message here.
November 2016
Message Regarding the Presidential Election from President Lee C. Bollinger
“In these moments, we must turn to our fundamental values, among them a commitment to freedom of thought and expression, dedication to tolerance and reason, respect for diversity and differing points of view, and a determination to do what we do with the utmost integrity and courage.” 
  • Read the full message here.