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EMU Policies on Rights and Dignity of Immigrants and International Students

Greetings EMU community.

Our mission at EMU is globally minded: “to prepare students to serve and lead in a global context.” EMUhas long welcomed and supported many international and immigrant students, faculty and visiting scholars. As a recognized peace and reconciliation university on the world stage, we are grounded in our Christ-centered call to “welcome the stranger” and uphold our shared values of discipleship, community, service and peacebuilding.

EMU’s rich academic and compassionate campus culture would not be what it is without our students who come from all backgrounds, including our undocumented students. EMU welcomed its first international student in 1947. Since that time we’ve hosted well over a thousand international students. This semester alone 200 students identify their country of origin as other than the United States. EMU was an early adopter of international education with its cross-cultural program sending students throughout the world, including many conflict zones, every year since 1982.

As a Christian university with cross-cultural understanding at its core, EMU is committed to taking care of those in our midst affected by US immigration policy.

We are pleased to reiterate the EMU policies that protect the rights, the dignity, and the educational resources that our immigrant and international students bring to us:

  • Police (including Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials) cannot access EMU’s campus buildings unless they have written authorization from a court of law or in the case of an emergency.
  • All EMU faculty, staff and student employees uphold the rights outlined in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which prevents release of any details about a student without their consent. EMU may be required to release information under a subpoena issued by a court of law.1
  • EMU provides resources to students about their rights under the law. For F-1 and J-1 students, EMUworks to inform students of the applicable immigration regulations and encourages them to maintain their student status at all times.
  • EMU seeks to prayerfully and peacefully provide equal access and equal rights to all God’s children.
    If you have questions, concern or counsel for us, please reach out to the Multicultural and International Student Services department: iss@emu.edu

In the name of Christ, we prayerfully commit to providing safe harbor and outstanding educational services to all our students, regardless of origin.

Susan Schultz Huxman, President, EMU
Fred Kniss, Provost, EMU

1 In the case of F-1 and J-1 students, scholars and professors, EMU is required by law to release information to US Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) without a court order.