Dear Members of the Suffolk University Community, 

The president's executive order signed Friday that restricts entry into the United States by people from seven predominantly Muslim nations has raised concerns among many members of our community, including students from those countries. This is clearly a fluid situation, with federal court rulings overnight that stayed implementation of the executive order. 

Most immediately, I want members of our community to know that we have reached out to students who could be directly impacted by the order, and we are in contact with them.  The students we have from countries on the list are in Boston and are safe. We have not had any reports of Suffolk students detained in trying to enter the United States. We would advise members of our community from countries listed in the executive order to contact Suffolk's Center for International Programs and Services before traveling outside the United States until the situation clarifies.   

I want to assure members of our community that the leadership of Suffolk University supports you all. Suffolk is a diverse, inclusive, and global institution, and we put the highest value on welcoming individuals from all over the world. We were founded to provide access and opportunity to people of all backgrounds and walks of life, and we remain deeply committed to that historic mission. 

The Center for International Programs and Services stands ready to help and will be available for anyone in need of assistance. (Contact Kathleen Sparaco at or the office at or 617-573-8034). 

We will remain in close contact with members of our community who are affected by this evolving situation, including through information sessions starting Monday.


Marisa Kelly
Acting President