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Dear LAS students, faculty, and staff,

Like the chancellor and many others across our campus, the LAS leadership team read Monday’s announcement of new visa limitations for international students with great concern. During this time of uncertainty, we know that this provides added stress for many across our college.

Creating an environment that is welcoming and inclusive for all students is a foundational principle for our college. We believe wholeheartedly that diverse people and perspectives are one of our college’s greatest strengths and are a critically important component of the education we provide. We are grateful for our international students and the many contributions they make to our campus community, and we are committed to ensuring that they are able to continue their studies with us this fall.

The college is working closely with colleagues at the campus level and in our LAS departments to interpret and respond to this policy change. More information is available on the Illinois International website, and additional information will be forthcoming to those students who are directly affected by this policy change.

Best wishes,
Gene E. Robinson
Interim Dean Designate
Swanlund Chair of Entomology