University of Missouri System

To the UM System community, 

We are writing today to offer support and guidance, as a new presidential executive order makes changes to the rules governing visas and entry to the United States.  The situation remains fluid and we will continue to monitor it closely, and update you as the situation warrants.

If these changes are affecting you or your ability to be a successful student or scholar, campus resources are available to assist you, including the counseling center, staff within your student affairs divisions, academic advisors, and professors or colleagues in your department or college.

As leaders of the university, we are also working with our national associations such as the American Association of Universities (AAU) and Association of Public Land-grant Universities (APLU) to communicate with the Administration how this affects not only our international students and scholars, but our ability to carry out our institutional mission.

We are committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment that makes our university a special place for learning, research and engagement.  The academic programs at the University of Missouri System are enhanced by the diverse contributions from students, faculty and staff who hail from over 100 countries. 

We close by reaffirming our support for international students, faculty and staff who make important contributions and enrich our university. 

Sincerely,

Michael Middleton, Interim President
Mun Choi, President-designate