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KU chancellor joins other college leaders in pushing back against DACA repeal

Dr. Doug Girod, executive vice chancellor of the KU Medical Center, speaks with media members after being named as the 18th chancellor of the University of Kansas on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Lied Center.

Dr. Doug Girod, executive vice chancellor of the KU Medical Center, speaks with media members after being named as the 18th chancellor of the University of Kansas on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Lied Center.

September 6, 2017

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University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod has released a statement expressing his “strong disappointment” with the White House’s recent decision to rescind DACA.

The federal policy, officially called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, allows students who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children to live, study and work here. In his statement Tuesday, Girod said he would join fellow leaders in the Association of American Universities in co-signing a letter urging Congress to enact immediate legislation “enabling DACA participants to remain in the United States without fear of deportation.”

“The University of Kansas is committed to providing equal opportunity for all students,” Girod said in the statement. “For the past five years, DACA has enabled these young people to pursue education and employment. I believe they represent what is best about America, and it is unfair to penalize them for circumstances outside their control.”

Girod’s statement also called for a permanent solution that would codify DACA’s protections. The Trump administration’s decision to rescind the policy could affect as many as 800,000 Dreamers, as DACA recipients are known. Girod said KU would work with colleagues across higher education in contributing to the policymaking process in the weeks ahead.

In his message, Girod stressed that the DACA announcement “does not impact KU policies regarding disclosure of student records” under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, otherwise known as FERPA. The federal law protects the privacy of student education records and applies to all schools that receive funds through an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

KU cannot release student records without written consent from the student or a lawfully issued subpoena, warrant or judicial order, Girod said.

In the meantime, the university has created a website, www.undocumented.ku.edu, with information and resources for DACA students and others “who may be in a position to aid others,” the statement said.

“We remain deeply committed to supporting all our students, and we powerfully embrace the fullness of the diversity they bring to our university,” Girod said.

This story originally referred to the Association of American Universities as the incorrect "American Association of Universities." The error has since been corrected.

Comments

Richard Aronoff 2 months, 1 week ago

The former president issued an executive order that was declared unconstitutional by a federal court. The current president has told Congress to do what it has neglected to do for the last thirty years --- what was, in fact, its job to do in the first place.

Presidents take an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. They don't get to choose which parts they will preserve, protect and defend.

If Mr. Girod does not understand that, KU is in big trouble.

I think the dreamers should be allowed to stay and it should be a bipartisan effort in Congress. It will be interesting to see which members try to torpedo the effort for purely political reasons.

Calvin Anders 2 months, 1 week ago

Richard you are repeating lies and distortions. Federal courts have not ruled on DACA directly. There was a ruling on the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, a plan that was essentially an expansion of DACA to include some family members of DACA kids. And the ruling was not that this act was unconstitutional. It was blocked on procedural grounds that the Obama administration failed to publish its new rule as an official regulation. It appears you, Richard, are the one who does not understand how the law and our Constitution work. And I don't think your poor understanding or gullibility to partisan lies will land KU in that much trouble. You need to learn that just because Jefferson Beauregard Sessions claims something is true, that does not make it so. He lies just like most of Trump's cronies.

Calvin Anders 2 months, 1 week ago

But Richard, now you are changing your story. You said, "The former president issued an executive order that was declared unconstitutional by a federal court." Now you've changed to a link to someone's web site declaring DACA unconstitutional. And since you asked, I do not think Jonathan Turley knows more than I do. Turley is a partisan hack. And regardless of Turley's supposed credentials, your claim was that a federal court had declared DACA unconstitutional. That is a lie. It's just a complete falsehood.

Bob Summers 2 months, 1 week ago

Obama says it is illegal for a president to grant amnesty to illegal alien immigrants.

Why do people under the influence of dopamine receptor D4 gene polymorphism have a propensity to break the law?

https://youtu.be/Gw4BIWiWyQg

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