Messages to the University community

OCTOBER 11, 2017

Message from Cal State LA President William A. Covino

President Covino, along with other top college and university administrators, signed a letter from the American Council on Education urging congressional leaders to pass legislation to protect Dreamers. Nearly 800 college and university presidents and chancellors signed the letter.

Dear Speaker Ryan, Leader Pelosi, Leader McConnell and Leader Schumer:

On behalf of the undersigned colleges and universities, we urge you to take the action that President Trump requested when he rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, and pass a long-term legislative fix as soon as possible to protect Dreamers, outstanding young people brought to our country as children.

There is widespread support among your constituents and across the country on the need to protect these individuals. A Sept. 24-26 Fox News poll found that 62 percent of Americans say it is extremely or very important for Congress to pass legislation to address the Dreamers. A Sept. 18-21 Washington Post-ABC News poll found that more than two-thirds of adults—69 percent—support allowing these individuals to stay in the United States if they had arrived as a child, had completed high school or served in the military and had not committed a serious crime.

Colleges and universities have seen these remarkable people up close, in our classrooms and as our colleagues and friends. Despite the challenges they face, they have made incredible contributions to our country and its economy and security. They should continue to be able to do so. If we are unable to protect these Dreamers, we will be shutting the door to an entire generation of individuals who seek to contribute their best to America.

Our letter echoes the request made in the Sept. 20 letter from over 800 business and industry leaders in asking that Congress provide Dreamers with the permanent legislative solution that they deserve. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also supports this request. Children brought to the United States at a young age did not have a choice in the matter and are today Americans in every way but immigration status. It remains in America’s best interest to enable them to use their knowledge, skills and energy to continue to make the strongest possible contribution to our country.

We stand ready to work with Congress in a bipartisan manner to address this issue as quickly as possible.


SEPTEMBER 11, 2017

Message from Cal State LA President William A. Covino (updated 09/13/17)

Dear University Community:

At a campus forum last week, I announced a new initiative to support students in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Students whose DACA status or associated Employee Authorization Documents expire prior to March 5, 2018 must submit a renewal application to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The renewal application must be received by the DHS no later than October 5, 2017. To meet this deadline, we advise students to send in the application as soon as possible.

We recognize that the cost to submit a renewal application is burdensome for many—about $500. As part of our ongoing support of DACA students, we have made certain funds available to cover the fee associated with submitting a renewal application. These are non-state funds and non-state resources. Applications are available in the Office of the Vice President for Student Life, in Student Affairs, Room 108.

A photograph must be included with the renewal application. Students who need photographs may visit the Office of Communications and Public Affairs, in Administration 819. Photographs will be taken at no cost on the following days and times:

• Wednesday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
• Thursday, Sept. 14, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

We will continue to update you with information as it becomes available. The Chancellor’s Office has provided a comprehensive fact sheet.

With my best wishes,

Bill


SEPTEMBER 6, 2017

Message from the Vice President for Student Life at Cal State LA

Dear University Community:

Cal State LA students currently in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program should be aware of a critical deadline that is quickly approaching.

Students whose DACA status or associated Employee Authorization Documents expire prior to March 5, 2018 must submit a renewal application to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by October 5, 2017. Renewal applications will be processed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If a student’s application is renewed, it will remain in place until it expires.

Students whose DACA status or Employee Authorization Documents expire on or after March 6, 2018 will not be able to renew their application. However, their DACA status and Employee Authorization Documents will remain valid until the stated expiration dates.

The Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Engaged Learning is hosting a DACA forum today in the Golden Eagle Ballroom from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This is an opportunity for students to ask questions of University representatives and an immigration attorney.

For questions regarding the rescission of DACA, please see a fact sheet prepared by the Chancellor’s Office.

Sincerely,
Nancy Wada-McKee
Vice President for Student Life


SEPTEMBER 5, 2017

Message from CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White

Dear CSU community,

I was deeply disappointed by this morning’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program enabled thousands of academically qualified Californians to pursue their dreams at California State University campuses, and was widely acknowledged as a strategic benefit to our state and, indeed, our nation. I am joining with colleagues throughout the United States to urge Congress to pursue legislation that will restore the heart of this forward-thinking program in a timely manner.

The university’s enrollment and tuition policies are not based on DACA status so enrollment, tuition and financial aid for students is not impacted by the ending of the program. Additionally, state funding under the California Dream Act is not based on DACA status and will not change.

Our mission to provide excellent educational opportunities to all Californians shall not waver. We will continue to vigorously pursue the CSU’s commitment to advance and extend knowledge, learning and culture; to provide opportunities for individuals to develop intellectually, personally and professionally; and to prepare educated and responsible alumni who are ready and able to contribute to California’s culture and economy. To that end, I will continue to advocate for our current and future students and employees who are affected by this unfortunate development.

I encourage our DACA students to explore information recently posted here to learn more about your rights, the potential effect of the DACA repeal, and the steps we are taking to assist with the completion of your educational pursuits. This website, which also has information about legal support services, will be updated with any new information as soon as it is available.

To our wonderful CSU employees impacted by this revocation, I am troubled and dismayed that without any new federal action the CSU will be required to end the employment of some of its DACA recipients as early as March 6, 2018. While our hope is that members of Congress will pass legislation restoring the protections afforded by DACA, if they fail to act timely, regretfully, there are no options to allow CSU to continue to employ you. I am troubled by this uncertainty and the potential loss of your contributions, creativity, energy and expertise, but I am optimistic that Congress will act to address the issue. Campus Human Resource Officers and AVPs/Deans of Faculty are available to assist faculty and staff, Student Affairs will provide support to students, and Systemwide Human Resources and the Office of General Counsel will continue to provide information and additional resources. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to utilize the Employee Assistance Programs programs and counseling centers on their respective campuses.

Again, let me express my personal disappointment toward this action that will have such a profoundly negative impact on our nation, our state, our university, and so many of our colleagues, students and friends. I hope you’ll join me in urging members of Congress to work towards a long-term solution.

Timothy P. White
Chancellor


AUGUST 30, 2017

Message from Cal State LA President William A. Covino

Dear University Community:

I have spent a good deal of time this summer working with CSU officials on the system's position should federal authorities end or change DACA. While such action has not yet occurred, it is profoundly disconcerting for students, faculty and staff to know that this remains a very real possibility.

Cal State LA firmly believes, unequivocally, in the rights of DACA students to realize the dream of pursuing a university education. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to educating, supporting and protecting our students—regardless of their immigration status.

I join with the university presidents and those in our university community who have asked President Trump to maintain and defend DACA. At Cal State LA we recognize the value that DACA students add to our community. Our commitment to our undocumented students began long before DACA was enacted. That commitment will continue.

It is important to understand that the provisions of AB 540 are California law and will not be affected by federal actions related to DACA. Enrollment and financial aid for AB 540 students, including students who may be undocumented, will remain in place.

As we await a decision from federal authorities on the future of DACA, our position is absolutely clear: we stand with DACA students.

Sincerely,

Bill


JUNE 9, 2017

Message from Cal State LA President William A. Covino

Dear University Community:

Many of us have been deeply concerned about our student, Claudia Rueda, who was detained by Customs and Border Patrol on May 18. I’m pleased to report that Claudia will be released today or Monday.

We have made arrangements for Claudia to make up any course requirements that were interrupted by her detention, and will be offering her additional support to help ensure a successful transition back to campus.

Thank you to our students, faculty, staff, and administrators who assisted in the effort to win Claudia’s release. Concern for Claudia has extended throughout the campus and the CSU. Chancellor Tim White spoke about Claudia at a CSU Board of Trustees meeting. He and I submitted letters on her behalf.

We look forward to Claudia returning to campus and resuming her studies.

Sincerely,

Bill


MAY 18, 2017

Message from Cal State LA President William A. Covino

Dear University Community:
 
We have received information that a Cal State LA student was detained by Border Patrol authorities and is being held in Chula Vista. We are continuing to gather information about this incident.
 
I am deeply concerned about the well-being of our student and hope to learn more soon. Cal State LA does not support policies or efforts that seek to target our students or campus community because of immigration status, ethnicity, race, religion, LGBTQ+ status, or national origin. 
 
As I have said repeatedly, supporting the health and safety of all our students is our highest priority.
 
Sincerely,
 
Bill


FEBRUARY 22, 2017

Message from Cal State LA President William A. Covino

Dear University Community:

I’ve heard your frustrations, fears and concerns in the wake of recent executive orders on travel and increased immigration enforcement. I met with Chancellor White and other CSU presidents to discuss these concerns, and to develop the CSU’s response in the event that immigration authorities visit our campuses and request information from faculty, staff and students. Through our discussions, we reached an agreement on an approach. In consultation with the CSU presidents, Chancellor White has issued a statement that details our position. Click on this link for the Chancellor’s statement.  

If approached by federal, state or local authorities on campus and asked to provide documentation of immigration status, students, faculty and staff are advised to immediately call the Department of Public Safety for further guidance at (323) 343-3700. Be prepared to describe the specifics of your contact with authorities to Public Safety. Public Safety will act as a liaison with requesting authorities and work with others on campus to provide assistance. As always, we are committed to maintaining a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment at Cal State LA.

We will continue to provide you with information and guidance. We hope this information will help prepare our community to confront the uncertainties of the future. It is important for supervisors to review and discuss the Chancellor’s statement with faculty and staff. I encourage you to remain informed about issues that impact our community. Our Post-Election Communications website provides communications, articles and links to resources.   

Sincerely,

Bill


FEBRUARY 10, 2017

Message from University of California Undocumented Legal Services Center

The UC Undocumented Legal Services Center has just learned that the Department of Homeland Security, through its enforcement arm, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”), is conducting raids throughout Southern California, including Van Nuys, Downey, Norwalk, Oxnard, San Bernardino, and Santa Paula.

More specifically, ICE agents are targeting individuals with prior removal, or deportation, orders. We have also gotten reports that even individuals without prior orders of removal are being targeted. This includes people who do not have any criminal records. The reports describe that unmarked white vans are going through neighborhoods, with agents targeting specific individuals for enforcement.

We do not have any additional information right now, but when we do, we will notify you.

If any of your students or their family members are affected, please have them contact the Center attorney that works with your campus. Please direct them to Know Your Rights information in case they encounter ICE officers: http://unitedwedream.org/thank-deportation-defense-card-handy-phone/ (English and Spanish).

Additionally, if more immediate help is sought, please reach out to the following attorneys who have experience with these types of cases. If individuals reach out to other attorneys, please ensure that they are licensed attorneys (i.e. check Calbar.org) and have experience with removal defense and detention cases.

One tool that individuals can use if a family-member is detained is the online detainee locator: https://locator.ice.gov/odls/homePage.do. Furthermore, if your loved one is detained at Adelanto Detention Center, instructions on how to contact them is at: https://www.ice.gov/detention-facility/adelanto-detention-facility.

Below is a list of non-profit organizations that will not charge for their services:

  • Public Counsel
    610 South Ardmore Ave
    Los Angeles, CA. 90005
    213.385.2977
  • Immigrant Center for Women and Children
    ​634 South Spring Street, Suite 727
    Los Angeles, CA. 90014
    213.614.1165
    213.624.1163 (fax)
  • CHIRLA
    2533 West 3rd Street
    Los Angeles, CA. 90057
    213.353.1333

You can find attorneys in your area at http://www.ailalawyer.org/. Additionally, below is a list of experienced private attorneys that will charge for their services.

Los Angeles Area

  • Vera A. Weisz
    Weisz Immigration Law Group

    510 West 6th Street, Suite 200
    Los Angeles, CA. 90014
    213.347.0025
    213.623-2899 (fax)
    vera@wilawgroup.com
  • Nikhil Shah
    355 South Grand Ave, Suite 2450
    Los Angeles, CA. 90071
    213.943.1322
    213.943.1324 (fax)
  • Law Offices of Stacy Tolchin
    634 South Spring Street, Suite 500A
    Los Angeles, CA. 90014
    213.622.7450
    213.622.7233 (fax)
  • Braden Cancilla
    1564 North Fair Oaks Avenue
    Pasadena, CA. 91103
    626.765.6888
    626.298.6988 (fax)

Inland Empire Area

  • Law Offices of Andrea J. Garcia
    4480 Main Street, Suite B
    Riverside, CA. 92501
    844.846.5221
    andrea@ajgarcialaw.com
  • Law Office of Russel Jauregui
    1400 East Cooley Drive, Suite 210
    Colton, CA. 92324
    909.533.4977
    RMJlawgroup@gmail.com

JANUARY 31, 2017

Message from Cal State LA President William A. Covino 

Dear University Community:

I am writing to reaffirm the statement issued earlier today by Chancellor White and the CSU Presidents regarding the executive order issued this weekend by President Trump.

For many in our community, this executive order has caused fear and uncertainty. I want to assure you that we value our international students, faculty and staff; they are a vital part of the Cal State LA community. Their safety and well-being, and that of their families, is of utmost importance.

We are assessing the impact of the executive order on our community. For now, we recommend that students, faculty and staff from the countries included in the executive order, and anyone who feels uncertain about international travel, remain in the United States and seek the advice of an immigration attorney. We will provide updates as information becomes available. 

Cal State LA does not support measures that undermine the values of our community. We pride ourselves on our unity and our diversity.

Sincerely,

Bill


NOVEMBER 29, 2016

Letter to President-Elect Donald J. Trump

From University of California President Janet Napolitano, California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White and California Community Colleges Chancellor-Designate Eloy Ortiz Oakley

Dear President-Elect Trump:

College and university leaders across the country, and here in California, are concerned about reports regarding potential actions you might be considering, including ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. On behalf of DACA students currently pursuing their dream of higher education in the United States, we urge you to continue this important program and allow these young people to continue to pursue a college education and contribute to their communities and the nation.

DACA is rooted in the fundamental premise that no one should be punished for the actions of others. In order to be eligible for DACA, an individual must have been brought to this country as a minor, stayed out of trouble, and continued to pursue an education. These sons and daughters of undocumented immigrants are as American as any other child across the nation, in all but in the letter of the law.

Some never even spoke the language of their native land. They do not represent a public safety threat. In fact, they represent some of the best our nation has to offer. They voluntarily came forward, out of the shadows, to participate in the DACA program.

The University of California, California State University, and the California Community College systems each have thousands of DACA students studying at our institutions. They are constructive and contributing members of our communities. They should be able to pursue their dream of higher education without fear of being arrested, deported, or rounded up for just trying to learn.

There will be time for a vigorous debate and dialogue around immigration reform in the days ahead, and we look forward to engaging with you in a healthy and constructive conversation on this important issue.  But now, as you continue to build your new Administration and appoint members of your Cabinet, on behalf of these Dreamers, we implore you to let them know they are valued members of our communities and that they will be allowed to continue to pursue the American dream.

Yours very truly,

Janet Napolitano,
President, University of California

Timothy P. White
Chancellor, California State University

Eloy Ortiz Oakley
Chancellor-Designate, California Community Colleges

Link to the letter on the CSU website►


NOVEMBER 21, 2016

Message from Dean Emily Allen, College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology

Dear ECST students:

We know that many of you may be anxious and concerned, both for your own safety and future, and that of your friends, classmates or families. As you may have seen, both Cal State LA President Bill Covino and CSU Chancellor Timothy White have indicated that the CSU recognizes and values the contributions of undocumented students to our University community.  President Covino sent the following message:

"Our position is clear: Cal State LA will not enter into agreements with state or local law enforcement agencies, Homeland Security, or any other federal department, for the enforcement of federal immigration law. Our University Department of Public Safety will not honor immigration hold requests, and our officers will not contact, detain, question or arrest individuals solely on the basis of being - or suspected of being - a person who lacks documentation."

Please visit the campus post-election website for more information about campus activities. 

Here at ECST, we will continue to value every one of our students, and we encourage you to continue your own commitment to excellence, and your engagement with community. Together we will make the world a better place.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Dr. Emily Allen 


NOVEMBER 17, 2016

Message from Cal State LA President William A. Covino

Dear University Community:

Attached is an open letter from CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White that affirms the core values of the CSU and Cal State LA. We recognize and value the contributions of undocumented students to our University community.

Our position is clear: Cal State LA will not enter into agreements with state or local law enforcement agencies, Homeland Security, or any other federal department, for the enforcement of federal immigration law. Our University Department of Public Safety will not honor immigration hold requests, and our officers will not contact, detain, question or arrest individuals solely on the basis of being – or suspected of being – a person who lacks documentation.

To provide support and accurate information, we are holding workshops focusing on issues such as immigration law and community care. Please visit our post-election website for more information.

I am in continuing dialogue with students, faculty and staff about how best to approach this fluid situation and value everyone’s input.

As Chancellor White explains in his open letter, any actions that narrow opportunities for any segment of our community narrow opportunities for us all.

Sincerely,

Bill Covino
President

Message from Chancellor White►


NOVEMBER 17, 2016

Message from the Academic Senate

On November 15, 2016, the Academic Senate of California State University, Los Angeles approved unanimously the following statement reaffirming our campus values:

Members of the Academic Senate of California State University, Los Angeles recognize that the culmination of the presidential election cycle was filled with anxiety and uncertainty. The outcome of the election has failed to allay this fear and tension and has left many members of our Cal State LA community concerned about their dignity, personal safety, and communities.

The Academic Senate values and promotes tolerance and constructive dialog while ensuring that both freedom of expression and academic freedom are upheld. As such, the Academic Senate reaffirms the values stated in our Strategic Plan on diversity, inclusion, culture, and mutual respect. At Cal State LA we continue to “cultivate diversity, expect cultural competence, and actively seek perspectives and engagement from all constituents in our community, to develop just and equitable expectations.” We also remain “committed to cultivating a supportive and accepting environment where each of us commits to fostering a culture of respect for all.” President William Covino reiterates this sentiment in his message to the campus community, in which he states that “Cal State LA is committed to the fair and equitable treatment of all members of our community, and to a welcoming and inclusive campus.”

We share the sentiment of Chancellor Tim White and President David Lopez of the California State Student Association that “It is our duty- as a community- to listen to each other and support each other through this time.” We remain committed to promoting and protecting these values and urge our faculty, staff and students to do so as well.

Nancy Warter-Perez
Academic Senate Chair


NOVEMBER 16, 2016

Excerpt from report by CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White to the Board of Trustees

This past July, we provided guidance to campuses that clarified the relationship between our campus law enforcement activities and U.S. Homeland Security.

There is no ambiguity here. We are deeply committed to fostering a campus community that is safe and welcoming for everyone.

Primary jurisdiction for federal immigration laws rests with the federal government, not University Police or other local municipal law enforcement.

Unless directed by California Government Code or required by law, the CSU will not enter into agreements with state or local law enforcement agencies, Homeland Security or any other federal department for the enforcement of federal immigration law. Our police departments will not honor immigration hold requests. And our University Police do not contact, detain, question or arrest individuals solely on the basis of being – or suspected of being – a person that lacks documentation.

Further, we are joining hands with other universities, colleges and educational associations across America, to protect access, affordability, intellectual freedom, inclusivity and diversity for all students, including supporting DACA students and the communities that support them.

And finally, to our campus presidents, faculty, staff and students, I couldn’t be more proud of you.

Each campus has created just the right set of circumstances to allow a cacophony of views to be expressed – and provide support to those who seek to do so – interspersed with academic and community discussions and forums of the issues at hand.

The voices of non-violent protest have a sacred place on our campuses, and it will be one of many important forces going forward, just as it has been in past decades.

It is regrettable that – in a few cases – there are participants involved in criminal activity including vandalism and violence, and the campuses are responding properly with law enforcement and Clery notifications as situations warrant.

Let me close with a comment directed to those individuals who feel most vulnerable. Your university supports you!

And as I look around the room I see others –the trustees and presidents, CSSA, the Academic Senate, the Alumni Council and our labor partners—who will stand together to support you. And when I look across the state – as mentioned – I know we stand with the UC, the community colleges and many other political and business leaders.

Timothy P. White
Chancellor


NOVEMBER 14, 2016

Message from Cal State LA President William A. Covino

Dear University Community:

We are pleased and proud to be the home of the Glazer Family Dreamers Resource Center, which provides a dedicated space for academic guidance, referral assistance and other support to undocumented students. 

At this time of uncertainty, the work of the Dreamers Resource Center is of vital importance to the Cal State LA community.  The Center stands as evidence of the university’s steadfast commitment to serve all students.  Today we reaffirm that commitment.

We stand for the values that the Dreamers Resource Center upholds. We are a welcoming, inclusive campus that prides itself on its diversity and values every member of our community. We realize that our strength lies in respecting our differences and striving together for the public good.

This week, the Dreamers Resource Center will host events designed to inform our community and foster dialogue. 

  • Know Your Rights Workshop, Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 3:15 p.m.,  Student Affairs 214 
    Workshop by CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrants’ Rights Los Angeles) with experts on immigration law and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
  • Support Services on Campus for Dreamers, Thursday, Nov. 17 at 3:15 p.m., Student Affairs 214 
    Discussion with representatives of Counseling and Psychological Services and the Department of Public Safety.

I understand and appreciate the need for current and accurate information and guidance.  To that end, we are creating a website that will provide links to further resources and updates as they become available. 

This is a challenging time; however, it is also an opportunity for our community to demonstrate care and compassion for each other. 

Sincerely,

Bill Covino
President


NOVEMBER 9, 2016

Joint CSU/CSSA Statement on the Presidential Election

The California State University embraces its diversity and the way in which our students, faculty and staff achieve excellence through inclusion. We are unequivocally committed to supporting all members of our community. That is who we are. It is a core strength and part of our DNA.

Elections are essential to democracy. Yet, they are not easy. They test our resolve, but also our understanding and compassion. They can be difficult and sometimes even painful, especially for those who hoped for a different outcome.  

Today, many in our community may feel anxious and perhaps vulnerable about their personal future, the future of those they care for and the future of our nation. It is our duty – as a community – to listen to each other and support each other through this time.

It is also our responsibility to hold our political leaders to account, regardless of party. To meet that obligation, the California State University and California State Student Association will together be leading advocates in advancing the rights of our students, faculty and staff.

In this effort, we stand with California's political and civic leaders, our colleagues in the University of California and California Community Colleges, and our many peers nationwide who care about and are dedicated to a nation that lives up to its highest principles.

Timothy P. White
Chancellor

Original Message ►


NOVEMBER 14, 2016

Message from the Academic Senate

Dear Faculty colleagues,

In the wake of last week’s presidential election, many students along with other members of our campus community are feeling anxious and vulnerable.  I know that all of us deeply value the diversity of our campus community and strive to make everyone feel included.  Right now is a time to help all of our students feel safe – to listen to their concerns, support them, and help guide them to campus resources for additional support.  

In the weeks and months to come, the senate will be working with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the community to explore ways to support healthy, engaged dialogue; help students learn about various avenues for advocacy and engagement; and encourage campus conversations about the issues facing our communities and our nation.

Let’s hope and have faith that everyone within our country will emerge from this period of uncertainty with a better understanding of each other and a renewed commitment to help and serve others within their communities and beyond.

Warmest regards,

Nancy Warter-Perez
Academic Senate Chair


NOVEMBER 9, 2016

Message from the Division of Student Life

Dear Students,

The end of the election season has elicited many emotions and left some of you with questions. Now that the votes have been tallied, a new work begins. This is the work of coming together; the work of serving communities based on the ideals and principles that drive us.

You are invited to stop by and discuss the outcome of the election in the Los Angeles Room B & C from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today. In addition, you may want to participate in a DIY Craft Fair in the University Student Union Plaza from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Fred Smith, Director
Cross Cultural Centers