Dear CU Boulder Graduate Community,

I am writing to express my support of our international graduate students, who enrich our campus and community in so many ways.  I echo the Chancellor’s statement regarding the January 27 executive order that placed restrictions on immigration, as well as the update he issued on February 6.  I want to assure you that CU Boulder and the Graduate School will continue to support and protect our graduate students from around the globe to the full extent of our ability.  The CU Boulder Graduate School belongs to the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), an organization of around 500 US and Canadian graduate schools, and as Graduate School Dean I strongly endorse CGS’s statement encouraging the Trump administration to “reconsider the executive order barring entry or return of individuals from specific countries.”

As you know, the situation is changing rapidly: on Friday afternoon a temporary order was issued by a judge in Washington state blocking certain sections of the January 27 executive order. These blocked sections include the 90-day ban on entry to the United States for individuals from seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen). 

In this time of uncertainty, the Graduate School is taking steps to support our international students and other vulnerable groups. The February Graduate School newsletter includes a statement of support to our international students as well as a link to up-to-date information from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). In addition, campus administration has formed an Immigration Working Group, of which I am a member, to assess the needs of our students, staff, faculty, and visiting scholars. On Wednesday, February 1, I spoke with many graduate students at the ISSS Immigration Question and Answer Session, and I look forward to collaborating with United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS) leadership and other student groups on ways to further support our international students. 

We have also sent an e-mail to graduate applicants from the seven countries affected by the travel ban who have applied for fall 2017 admission.  We will allow admitted applicants from these countries to confirm their intent to enroll without paying a confirmation deposit prior to arriving on campus. Please do not hesitate to refer applicants with questions to If you have any questions regarding visa issues or the confirmation deposit, please contact

For up-to-date information regarding the immigration restrictions, please see ISSS News & Alerts.  On that webpage, international students, faculty, staff, and visiting scholars will also find other helpful information, such as a “Know Your Rights” document.

Please also do not hesitate to contact me at if you have concerns.


Ann Schmiesing
Dean of the Graduate School and
Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs
Professor of German
University of Colorado Boulder