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Indiana University Won't Change University Policy After Immigration And Travel Executive Order
Updated February 7, 2017 6:49 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Officials with the Indiana University system say President Donald Trump's immigration and travel executive order won't change the university's policies.

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie said the executive order "is contrary to the very core of our values as an institution committed to excellence and innovation, a diversity of community and ideas, respect for the dignity of others and engagement in the economic, civic, cultural and social development of our state, our nation and our world."

Many of IU's international students are feeling frightened and unsettled. As a response, IU is advising citizens from one of the seven countries to not travel outside of the United States.

"We recognize the critical importance of a strong and effective visa process to protecting our national security, which is why we continue to support collaborative efforts that ensure our visa system prevents entry from anyone who wishes to harm Americans," he said. "At the same time, we remain committed to doing all that we can within the bounds of the law to vigorously protect and support IU students, faculty and staff."

According to Chirs Viers, associate vice president for international service at IU, the university's eight campuses will continue to accept qualified international students from the seven countries where travel is currently suspended.

Viers says the university will continue to review and process those applications and make admissions decisions on each application.

About 160 applicants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen have applied to IU campuses across the state.

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