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Grand Valley State University addresses travel ban

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ALLENDALE, Mich. — Grand Valley State University has responded to President Trump’s executive travel ban order. University President Thomas Haas says the university continues to support their students and offer study abroad opportunities to them. Below is the full statement released by Grand Valley.

Message from President Thomas J. Haas:

Good morning. As this is written, there is much uncertainty revolving around executive orders issued by President Trump that affect international study, travel, the employment of faculty from and the enrollment of students from other nations. This much is certain: Grand Valley will continue its long tradition of study abroad and welcoming to our campus students and faculty from other lands. These activities enrich our campus and prepare our graduates to succeed wherever their learning takes them. Engagement with the world is a hallmark of Grand Valley and it has my absolute support; maintaining it is one of my most important duties as your president.

Toward that end, I have directed staff from the Padnos International Center to be in touch with students who may be impacted by the orders and to provide regular updates as circumstances may require. I have also asked the Department of Human Resources to communicate with faculty and staff whose visas or work permits may be affected. As further detail and guidance comes from federal agencies we will be sure to share it with those impacted.

We will take every available step to ensure that Grand Valley’s commitments to students, faculty, staff, and our international partners are fulfilled. I encourage any member of the Grand Valley family who is experiencing an immediate problem to contact the appropriate office for assistance — students at the Padnos International Center in Lake Ontario Hall, faculty and staff at Human Resources in Zumberge Hall.

Very respectfully,

Thomas J. Haas


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  • Brian Philips

    Its so funny that the ones who didn’t vote for Trump or didn’t vote at all, or said they would leave the country if he was elected are all still here complaining again. Not only are they the ones complaining, but they are also the ones who WILL NOT be complaining when they receive the HUGE tax break!!! Funny how that works. They are also the same people who complain when people are killed in our country by terrorists, but have NO SOLUTIONS on how to solve the problem other then to LOVE everyone. There is nothing wrong with taking “a time out” to begin the process of resolving a national security issue. TRUMP ran on this issue, no one should be surprised that he is proceeding with this plan. Unless of course you voted Democrat in the past and are use to washy-washy decisions / non-decisions. He is president now and he is making good on his plans to resolve the problems we have in our country. He hasn’t hid anything and is following through for his constituents….. I am happy!

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