Sept. 5, 2017

Buena Vista University shares in the deep disappointment felt by many regarding President Trump’s administration’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In times like these it is important to reaffirm our commitment to our students, as well as continue our passion for an all-inclusive and open campus environment. We have always treated each other with respect and have valued diverse opinions/perspectives. We will continue to do so without question.
BVU joins together with countless universities, and at last report more than 37 higher education associations, who are urging President Trump to preserve DACA. Throughout the past few days we have witnessed thousands of voices across the country attesting to the fact that young people in this program are hardworking, bright, talented, and embody American values – we find the same is true at BVU. Our response to this matter is not in isolation and we continue to hope the decision is reversed.
President Trump’s action today allows for a six-month grace period before going into effect, yet it is not clear how that deferral will affect individuals causing fear and anxiety for many. We will continue to monitor the situation and are committed to providing support and care for students affected by this decision. Students can be assured that:

  • The executive action will not affect the institutional financial aid students receive.
  • For students no longer legally permitted to work on campus, the university is committed to working with them to identify the resources needed to remain enrolled and complete their education at BVU.
  • BVU does not consider citizenship status when making admission decisions.
  • Campus Security does not collect immigration status information from students.
  • The university does not disclose private information about our students, faculty or staff unless specifically required to do so by law.

Students in need of support may contact the Office of Multicultural Engagement at 712.749.2379 or Student Affairs at 712.749.2123. An open session is being planned, please watch the BVUNews campus e-newsletter for information as it becomes available.

BVU cares about our students' well-being and educational success.  We will continue to be an advocate for a permanent solution that allows young people to remain in college, graduate, and embrace their chosen life’s work within their local communities and throughout our great country.
Joshua D. Merchant, Ph.D.