Hofstra University, along with other universities across the United States, is deeply concerned about the impact on our community, and the academic community of this nation, of the executive order signed Jan. 27, 2017 instituting a travel ban for immigrants and refugees coming from certain countries. Hofstra remains committed to doing all that it can to support the rights of all students and faculty to live, work and study without fear of harassment or intimidation, and in fostering an environment based on our core values of tolerance, inclusiveness and respect.
We have been in contact with a Hofstra student from one of the seven countries identified in the executive order who was prevented from boarding his scheduled flight to the U.S. over the weekend, despite holding a valid student visa. We are deeply disturbed that this student may be unable to return to continue his studies, and are exploring all options. This student is the only one currently enrolled at the University from a nation listed in the travel ban.
In addition, some of our international students from parts of the world not directly affected by this executive order have expressed concerns, and we continue to offer counseling and support to all of our students, and particularly to our international students.
As a university and a community, we support and promote diversity in all its forms, recognizing that it is essential for the free and open exchange of ideas. Creating an environment that nurtures and protects all members of our community will always be our first priority.