Hiram College President Lori E. Varlotta, Ph.D. releases the following statement to the campus community, alumni and friends.
Like so many U.S. institutions of higher learning, Hiram College has a long history of fostering intellectual excellence and social responsibility in a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. At Hiram, our very mission calls us to face the urgent challenges of our times. As I have traveled to places near and far, I proudly see and hear of many faculty, students, staff, and alumni who commit their lives to doing exactly that. Hiram has long respected and protected the dignity of individuals of any nationality, religion, or social, gender, or cultural orientation. To this we will be true.
In response to the Executive Order signed by President Trump on Friday, January 27, severely restricting immigration from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia for the next 90 days, and Syria indefinitely, I reach out to you in the full transparency you are accustomed to from your college president. Hiram College stands shoulder to shoulder with its sister colleges and universities across the country in confirming its strong commitment to non-discrimination, privacy, and public safety.
As a matter of course, and in compliance with current federal regulations, Hiram College does not share sensitive information without the prior approval of the student, faculty, or staff member in question. This includes information regarding immigration status. The enforcement of immigration law remains a function of the federal government – U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Campus safety and administrative staff do not participate in that process unless subpoenaed by the federal government or otherwise required to comply with federal law.
As we work with our peer institutions to understand the implications of the new federal requirements and to raise our concerns with policy and lawmakers, we recognize many of you may have fears and concerns now. Please remember that you have a support network of administrators, faculty members, coaches, and student life/diversity/health center staff with whom you can discuss these issues. In the meantime, as we work together to better understand and respond to the situation at hand, we recommend that students, faculty, and staff from the affected countries refrain from international travel until we have resolution or clarity around this executive order.
Reach out. Show compassion. Support each other. We are Hiram.