Amicus Brief in support of scholars of all national origins

USC joined 30 other colleges and universities to encourage the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the federal travel ban affecting international students, faculty and staff from six countries. The institutions argued that the international populations are vital to the culture and community on campuses across the United States. From the amicus brief:

Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention

The University of Southern California wants to better prepare for – and try to prevent – any future tragedies, by promoting a more mindful, compassionate, and healthy campus. We believe that organizing these efforts under one office will provide a more coordinated and comprehensive approach to ensuring the health and safety of our entire university community.

Information regarding Travel Restrictions for International Students and Scholars

The White House Executive Order on immigration and travel, first issued on January 27, 2017, suspended entry into the United States for immigrants and non-immigrants from seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. A revised order, signed on March 6, 2017, exempts existing visa holders from travel limits and removes Iraq from the original list of affected countries.  That order was blocked by a federal judge on March 15; it likely will be appealed by the Trump Administration. Changes also have been announced to premium processing of H-1B visa requests, resuming October 1.

Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

From an official communication from Provost Michael Quick: “The challenges of diversity, inclusion and equity traverse our national history and every sector of society, including… Read more »

Supporting Our International Community

On behalf of President Nikias and the entire USC administration, I write to express our concern about the recent executive order (Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States) limiting immigration and entry into the United States, and how it could impact hundreds of our international students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Support for Faculty and Staff

The tragic and untimely death of our esteemed colleague and friend, Professor Bosco Tjan, has touched all of us at USC. While I know you are all sending your thoughts, and best wishes to his family, I also want us to remember to take care of each other.