AU’s response to the U.S. travel ban

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Athabasca University, Neil Fassina, #AthaU, AU, Travel Ban, Muslim, Donald Trump, Exclusion, Inclusion, Open Studies

Dear members of the Athabasca University Community,

On the weekend, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order banning visitors from seven majority Muslim countries from visiting the United States. A ban of this nature will have profound impacts on the international academic community.

Athabasca University is steadfastly committed to a culture of inclusiveness, respect, and diversity. As an open University, we strive to remove barriers to learners so that they may reach their highest potential. As such, Athabasca University supports the recent statement made by Universities Canada regarding the new executive order that can be found here.

Athabasca University is steadfastly committed to a culture of inclusiveness, respect, and diversity.

~ Dr. Neil Fassina, president, Athabasca University

Athabasca University is committed to supporting our learners, faculty, and staff who may be impacted by this ban. Faculty or staff affected by this order are urged to contact their immediate supervisor. Learners are encouraged to contact an advisor.

We will continue to monitor the situation and to work with Universities Canada and our sister institutions as the effects of this order become more clear.

Respectfully,

Neil