UH reaffirms commitment to undocumented and all students

A message from the President of the University of Hawaiʻi on September 5, 2017:

To our UH System ohana:

Today the Attorney General of the United States announced the termination in six months of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The University of Hawaii remains steadfast in our commitment to serve all members of our community, regardless of citizenship status.

Well over four years ago the UH Board of Regents adopted a policy to extend eligibility for resident tuition rates to undocumented students, including but not limited to those who have filed for DACA. I remain on record, with hundreds of my fellow college and university presidents, in public support of DACA. Over the next months we will strengthen our urging of Congress to extend the DACA program and protect the dreamers of our state and our nation.

Our undocumented students are an integral part of our community and will continue to be extended all the rights, privileges and services available to our students, from application through graduation.

The university provides a wide array of support services for all of our students. Students, or others, who experience intimidation or harassment should report it to campus authorities, and those who need assistance coping should reach out to campus support services, such as counseling centers.

As our state’s only public higher education system we have a deep responsibility to provide high-quality affordable education to advance all our people, our communities and our islands. That mission requires that we support and celebrate diversity, respect and caring. We must overcome hate and intolerance even as we support free speech and free expression. It is clear that UH, like universities around the country, is entering uncharted territory. Our clear and firm adherence to our values in challenging times is more essential than ever.

David Lassner