Undocumented Student Resources

Westminster is committed to protecting each and every member of our campus community—to providing a safe environment where everyone can pursue their educational goals and lead meaningful lives. Westminster is and will remain a safe haven where we respect diverse people and perspectives, advocate for personal and social responsibility, and safeguard those who are most vulnerable.

As a safe haven, we are committed to doing the following:

  • We will not share private information about our students, faculty, or staff to anyone, unless authorized by the student or required by court order or subpoena.
  • We will not voluntarily assist in any efforts by the federal government to deport our students, faculty, or staff solely because of their citizenship status, unless required by court order or subpoena.
  • We will continue to admit students consistent with our nondiscrimination policies so that undocumented students will be considered for admission under the same criteria as U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • We will stay abreast of potential policy changes or legislative efforts and actively share such information and guidance as it becomes available.
  • We will encourage alums and campus friends who share our commitment to make their expertise in counseling services or immigration law available to Westminster students, donating time to provide pro-bono services.
  • We will strengthen our campus ties to community partners that can assist in accessing resources for undocumented students in our community.
  • We will encourage the sharing of knowledge and dialogue that embraces the diverse experiences of our community members and find opportunities to facilitate conversations.
  • We will not tolerate hate crimes and are committed to fully investigate any such reported conduct.

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Applying to Westminster College as an Undocumented Student

We do not know what will happen to undocumented students in the future; however, Westminster is committed to supporting students and their learning. Our goal is to ensure that none of our students fall victim to intimidation and know that they are valued members of the Westminster College community.

We encourage prospective students to still consider Westminster College as an option and to move forward with their applications. Additionally, undocumented students can still receive financial aid from Westminster College. To apply for loans, you are only required to provide tax forms (from parents or students depending on the age of the student).

DACA

Expiring/Revoked DACA or TPS

If you know your DACA is expiring within a few months, you should consult with an immigration attorney on the next best step given the uncertainty of changes in policy.

If your DACA or TPS is revoked, visit Dan Cairo, director for the Student Diversity and Inclusion Center. The center can direct you to the offices and resources available depending on how you are impacted (e.g., financial aid, employment). You may also call (801.832.2806) or email (diversity@westminstercollege.edu) the center.

What to Know if the DACA Program Ends

Working While Undocumented

DACA recipients can work under rules and requirements similar to work study. Contact Allie Shorkey in the Career Center at ashorkey@westminstercollege.edu and Dan Cairo in the Student Diversity and Inclusion Center at dcairo@westminstercollege.edu for support.

Discrimination or Bias

If you witness or experience discrimination or bias, we want to know about it. The college is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory environment as supported by our Equal Opportunity and Title IX policies. Please report any incident (by an employee, student, or third-party) to an equal opportunity representative: Joy Sarr (jsarr@westminstercollege.edu) or Julie Freestone (jfreestone@westminstercollege.edu). You can also report your experience with bias.

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