UMass Lowell Sanctuary Campus Petition
In the 2020 Strategic Plan, the University of Massachusetts Lowell committed itself to global engagement and inclusive culture (pg. 7-8), specifically:

* Becoming a university of choice for students from diverse backgrounds by strengthening recruitment and retention for such students

* Building on successful recruiting and retention strategies to support increased diversity and excellence in faculty and staff

* Supporting students, faculty, and staff in developing more effective inclusive practices and behaviors

* Continuing to strengthen international partnerships that enhance faculty, staff, and student experiences and collaboration

In the aftermath of the recent presidential election, we—UML students, faculty, staff, and alumni—ask that the university administration take concrete steps to make our campus a sanctuary.

We join the growing number of colleges and universities across the United States that have committed to becoming “sanctuary campuses,” or institutions that will provide safe haven for undocumented immigrants who face deportation. We believe that becoming a sanctuary campus upholds and reinforces UML’s commitment to diversity and social justice. We ask that the university administration formally addresses how sanctuary will be provided to undocumented members of our community. We list a few specific measures below.

* Formally declaring University of Massachusetts Lowell as a sanctuary for undocumented students, workers, and community members

* Guaranteeing student privacy by refusing to release information regarding their immigration status or collaborating with immigration officials (e.g. share data or reveal personal information, turn over individuals for questioning, enable warrantless arrests or holds, permit raids, etc.)

* Reaffirming current admission and financial aid policies regarding undocumented students, and ensuring that any financial awards given to undocumented students are not withdrawn (e.g. Continuing to provide in-state resident tuition to DACA students who have qualified previously)

* Regulating the presence of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on campus, (e.g. no showing firearms or driving patrol cars/vans on campus, banning ICE or federal immigration agency recruitment on campus, disallowing all federal immigration agencies from coming onto campus)

* Prohibiting campus housing discrimination based on immigration status

* Providing strictly confidential counseling services for undocumented students and DACA recipients regarding their educational situation

* Reaffirming the university’s commitment to create a campus atmosphere of respect by denouncing the hate speech directed at immigrant, ethnic minority, and LGBTQ students and workers, and by informing the campus of existing resources for reporting and responding to identity-based hate incidents

* Scheduling an open forum/town hall meeting so that members of the community can ask questions to the university administration.

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