Given the national dialogue and uncertainty surrounding immigration policy and enforcement, we want again to assure our campus community that we are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all.
We realize that some members of our community are concerned and uncertain about what to do if you are on campus and come in contact with federal law enforcement agents.
If you are on campus and federal law enforcement agents, such as the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), ask to speak with you, or present you with paperwork or a warrant, our legal experts suggest that you contact UIC Police immediately at 312-355-5555. Generally, you are not required to respond to questions or provide information, and if you are obligated in any way, the UIC Police will be able to help you make that determination.
UIC Police officers do not inquire about immigration status and do not detain or make arrests based solely on immigration status unless compelled by law to do so. Campus police will not detain an individual in response to any federal agency or ICE request unless doing so is required by law or unless an individual has been charged or convicted of a felony.
The university will continue to admit students without consideration of their immigration status. We do not inquire about or keep records for educational purposes about whether a student is an undocumented immigrant.
The university will vigorously protect students’ privacy rights in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and patient privacy rights in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Finally, many resources and services are available for students, faculty and staff as listed on the Office of Diversity website. This comprehensive list includes internal and external resources, information on undocumented student support, and campus diversity committees. We have also created a UIC Task Force on Immigration Issues to address changes in state and federal policy involving immigration and undocumented students that affect the UIC community.
We assure you that we remain committed to our core mission of serving students, staff and faculty in a community that values our differences and celebrates the positive impact we have on the world around us.
Michael D. Amiridis
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Robert A. Barish
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs