When President Donald Trump issued his first executive order banning certain foreign travelers, the Faculty Council at the University of Texas responded with a resolution of opposition. On Monday, the council adopted a resolution in support of students who are in the country illegally, including those enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Established by former President Barack Obama, the DACA program gives young people temporary protection from deportation as well as permission to work.
“There is a continued effort among faculty to show strong support for our students who are experiencing great uncertainty and anxiety as a result of the current political climate,” said Jody L. Jensen, a professor of kinesiology and health education who chairs the Faculty Council. “This resolution doesn’t change any existing policy. It is an affirmation that our undocumented and DACA students are entitled to the same protections as all of our students.”
Here’s the full text of Monday’s resolution:
Resolution in Support of Undocumented and DACA Students
The University of Texas at Austin guarantees all rights afforded to its students under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Therefore, be it resolved, that undocumented and DACA students, as members of our University community, are included in this protection under FERPA.