Bell issues statement on Executive Order

Bell issues statement on Executive Order

President Bell issued an email statement Monday, Jan. 30 concerning President Trump’s recent Executive Order. The order imposes a 120-day suspension of the refugee program and a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. from citizens of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan.

“Our state and our nation have benefited immensely from the global intellect and engagement offered through our institutions of higher education," Bell said. "Our international faculty, students and researchers provide quantifiable value to all of us through their respective fields, impacting our lives in countless ways – from health care and technology invention, to culture and the arts, and to our economy.”

He went on to offer support to international faculty, students and researchers and for their "continued success and well-being in light of the recent Executive Order.”

President Bell concluded his statement with suggestions for UA students, faculty, and staff affected by the Executive Order.

“If you are directly impacted by these developments, we ask that you contact our International Student and Scholar Services Office at 205-348-5402 or international@ua.edu. Their office is located in Room 105 of B. B. Comer Hall," Bell said. "Other services are also available through the Counseling Center and Student Care and Well-Being. We will continue to gather information and evaluate the impact this order may have on members of our University community.”

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