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No UGA faculty or students were affected by the executive order President Donald Trump signed Friday restricting travel from seven predominately Muslim nations, according to the university.
UGA President Jere Morehead, Pamela Whitten, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten and Associate Provost for International Education Noel Fallows released a statement this morning:
Recent regulatory and policy changes affecting international travel and visa holders will likely result in questions among students, faculty and staff. Specifically, an executive order has been issued that limits nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the country for 90 days, and places additional restrictions on individuals seeking entry pursuant to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.
The U.S. Department of State has issued the following notice at https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en.html regarding the executive order, and we will continue to closely monitor for any additional updates and guidance from federal officials.
As you know, the safety and well-being of the UGA community is our top priority, and it is important that we remain in close communication as new information and direction from the State Department becomes available in the coming days.
All international students, staff and faculty who might be traveling overseas in the near future are advised to consult with the UGA Office of International Education – at 706-542-2900 or https://international.uga.edu, or you can contact Dr. Fallows directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It appears that no University of Georgia faculty or students were detained over the weekend as a result of the executive order.
The staff within the Office of International Education is committed to serving our colleagues at UGA. We will continue to assess the impact on our students, staff and faculty, and will provide updated information and assistance.
Athens' mosque, the Al Huda Islamic Center, reported that none of its members have been affected, either.
Kat Khoury contributed reporting.