Letter to campus community regarding travel ban - January 30, 2017

Dear members of the campus community,

On Friday President Trump announced an executive order that suspends entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, bans Syrian refugees indefinitely, and blocks citizens of seven countries—Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—from entering the U.S. for 90 days. Here is the full text of the executive order for those who are interested.

Some of you have asked whether this action directly impacts members of the Gettysburg College community.  Although we have no current students or staff who have citizenship in those countries, we have faculty whose travel will be restricted and members of our community whose families are affected.

Our staff members of the Center for Global Education and the Office of International Student Services are very willing to meet with anyone who has concerns about their individual situations or who would like to understand the executive order’s implications more fully.

At Gettysburg College, our core values are rooted in the worth and dignity of all people—regardless of their religion or country of origin. Please join me in upholding Gettysburg’s commitment to this important value.


Janet Morgan Riggs ’77