Westminster Signs Amicus Brief in Support of International Students

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July 13, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY – Westminster College is proud to join the growing number of institutions opposing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regulations for international students. Westminster President Beth Dobkin signed the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration’s amicus brief that supports a federal lawsuit filed by Harvard and MIT. The lawsuit seeks to permanently halt recent ICE rules requiring F-1 international students to leave the U.S. if colleges move to remote/online instruction for the Fall 2020 semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joining the amicus brief is another demonstration of Westminster’s service and support for nearly 100 international students representing over 40 countries at the college. After the ICE announcement last week, Westminster’s Office for Global Engagement personally reached out to international students to clarify how the new ICE rule would affect them and their fall 2020 enrollment. A forum was also held for students to ask questions and express concerns. The regulations should not impact their education with Westminster under the college’s plan for in-person instruction as most courses will be in-person coupled with technology use.

Westminster’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion would be incomplete without the voices and lived experiences of our international students, as noted in the college’s Diversity Statement and Commitment to an Inclusive Westminster.

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Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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