Immigration and DACA Information

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With the uncertainty of the changes that may be made to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the future, Rockhurst University desires to reaffirm our mission to our students, faculty and staff. Rockhurst is home to students, faculty and staff from many backgrounds and nationalities. Each person is a valued member of our community and adds a diverse perspective that helps us grow as individuals and as a University. We strive to be a welcoming and safe place for all students, faculty and staff, regardless of immigration status and nationality.

Rockhurst University is committed to the concept of “cura personalis” or “care for the whole person.” This means that we seek to support others within and outside the classroom, and to understand and embrace each person’s human dignity. We recognize that our students, faculty and staff may be affected by recent national policy decisions related to immigration, including the decision to rescind the DACA program in several months in the absence of a legislative resolution, such as the DREAM Act. We offer our support to DACA students during this stressful time. Please know that Rockhurst University will continue to protect student information and privacy rights to the extent permitted by law.

In the unusual event that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers come to our campus, students, staff and faculty should interact with them respectfully and immediately call Security at 816-501-4010. Either the director of security, the dean of students, or the director of human resources (or their designees) will engage with these officers regarding their requests – and will consult with legal counsel as necessary.

Rockhurst University offers resources or referrals for those who seek counseling, legal assistance or knowledge about these issues. Contact Matthew Quick, Ph.D., vice president and dean of students (Massman 1; 816-935-3259; if you are in need of assistance or support. 


Video: DACA recipient grateful for opportunities at Rockhurst University
Working student, scholarship winner and DACA recipient Mariana Valles talks about why she chose Rockhurst University, what it’s like to be a dreamer in the U.S. and how she reacted upon receiving her Phi Theta Kappa scholarship news.