SUNY New Paltz

Dear New Paltz faculty, staff and students,
I am aware of and share the concerns in our community about the impact on higher education in the United States of Friday’s Executive Order by President Donald J. Trump banning travel to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries. As reflected in today’s message from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall, which I am forwarding below, they also express their concern and are tracking these developments.
We will share further actionable guidance as SUNY provides it. 

Donald P. Christian

For Immediate Release: Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017
Statement by SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall and Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher
"The State University of New York enrolls approximately 22,140 international students from 180 countries, including 320 students from the seven countries affected by the current ban on travel. SUNY is reviewing President Trump's Executive Order and surveying its campuses to determine the impact it may have on our students, faculty, and staff both abroad and at home on our 64 college and university campuses.
"As always, our commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion are unwavering. Our founding principles and support for undocumented students, restated by the SUNY Board of Trustees at its meeting last week, continue to guide our actions as we review and react to new federal mandates with regard to immigration.
"SUNY leadership and university police will do all we can, within the law, to support any students, faculty, and staff affected by the Executive Order. In the meantime, we recommend suspending travel plans to the countries included, and urge individuals affected to keep in contact with their campus Office of International Student and Scholar Services.
"SUNY has established a website ( to provide students and families with current resources as well as additional information as it becomes available."
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