Message to campus re: White House Executive Order

Monday, January 30, 2017

Dear Members of the Appalachian Community,

Please see below a statement from the University of North Carolina General Administration, issued yesterday in response to the White House Executive Order issued on Friday.

Our first priority has been to provide support and assistance to the members of our community who are directly impacted by the Executive Order. Academic Affairs and the Office of International Education and Development are working with these individuals and will continue to support all members of our academic community as needed. Should you or someone you know have questions or need assistance navigating specific situations regarding your academic or professional circumstances, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Office of International Education and Development.

Appalachian’s commitment to diversity of thought, belief and community is unwavering. Our institutional diversity statement affirms that we value diversity as the expression of human similarities and differences, as well as the importance of a living and learning environment conducive to knowledge, respect, acceptance, understanding and global awareness. We worked together as a community to develop this statement, and it demonstrates our institutional values, which remain steadfast.

We will continue to share updates with you as they become available.


/s/ Sheri N. Everts

Sheri N. Everts

/s/ Darrell P. Kruger

Darrell P. Kruger


Sunday, January 29, 2017

On Friday, January 27, the White House issued an Executive Order (EO) limiting immigrant and non-immigrant visa holders from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen from entering the United States. The EO also directed the US Secretary of State to suspend the refugee admission program for 120 days and to suspend all refugee processing of Syrian nationals. In response to the EO, the University of North Carolina issued the following statement:

“The University’s international students, distinguished researchers, and faculty are valued and important members of our University community. While the exact impact of the Executive Order (EO) on our University community remains unclear, we have asked each of our constituent institutions to advise their students and employees who are nationals of the countries identified in the EO to refrain from traveling outside the country. We are continuing to monitor the situation, and we will keep our campus communities apprised of new information as it becomes available.”