Undocumented Student Resources
Loyola University Chicago is committed to all of our students regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or immigration status. As part of that commitment, we are providing next steps, information, and resources including campus contacts, legal protections, and more for current and prospective undocumented students. Since the legal and political statuses of DACA and undocumented persons remain so fluid, students are encouraged to consult with independent resources – especially immigration attorneys – before making any decisions regarding DACA renewal.
Next Steps for Undocumented Students
Updated January 18, 2018
Though the White House had previously announced that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) would be repealed in a phased approach beginning September 5, 2017, a federal judge has recently granted a preliminary injunction – a temporary court order – blocking the phase-out of DACA from being implemented nationwide until the resolution of a pending legal challenge.
This development has left many undocumented individuals and their families confused as to their ability to apply for DACA renewal.
According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”), in a statement released January 13, 2018, “Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017.”
This means that some students who may have previously been ineligible to apply for DACA renewal may now be able to apply after all. For more details on who specifically is eligible, please see the USCIS Statement in its entirety here.
Due to the complex and changing circumstances in Washington related to DACA, students are strongly encouraged to exercise caution and to consult with an immigration attorney before applying for DACA renewal. The National Immigrant Justice Center (“NIJC”, www.immigrantjustice.org), a non-profit legal services agency, advises the following:
Undocumented and Proud
Loyola students who are undocumented are encouraged to participate in a group known as Undocumented and Proud (UP) which meets regularly throughout the academic year. This support group is closed to students who are undocumented seeking to build strength, solidarity, demonstrate pride and share resources among each other. Staff from SDMA organizes these meetings held at the Lake Shore Campus. To learn more about getting involved, e-mail email@example.com or visit the SDMA office during regular business hours.
Since 2012, Share the DREAM Undocumented Student Ally Trainings have been offered on Loyola’s Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses. The aim of these trainings is to bolster on-campus support for and the inclusion of undocumented students as well as increase understanding of the experiences and perspectives of undocumented students. Trainings are held several times a year and are open to faculty, staff, and students. To date, more than 550 participants have completed the training.
Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Associate Dean of Students
Stritch School of Medicine
Mark Kuczewski, PhD
Director, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics
Associate Dean of Students
Office of the General Counsel
If a subpoena relates in any way to undocumented students at Loyola, including but not limited to undocumented students, or an immigration enforcement action, you must immediately notify the Office of the General Counsel. This includes, but is not limited to, subpoenas related to education records of undocumented students, information regarding Loyola’s policies or procedures pertaining to undocumented students, and/or criminal investigations or other law enforcement activities related to undocumented students at Loyola.
Thomas K. Murray
Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety
Katherine Kenny, JD
Assistant General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel
If you are served with a warrant of any kind, the only action you should take is to politely ask the law enforcement officials serving the warrant (e.g. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), FBI, IRS, Chicago Police Department) to wait in the office while you immediately contact Thomas K. Murray, chief of police and director of Campus Safety, and Katherine Kenny, assistant general counsel for instructions.
Loyola Committed Allies
View the list of Loyola Committed Allies who have completed Share the DREAM Undocumented Student Ally Trainings and identified themselves as allies to undocumented students.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
Loyola upholds the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to protect the privacy of all our students’ educational records.
Illinois TRUST Act (SB 31)
The Illinois TRUST Act recently extended protections for undocumented Illinois residents. This act prevents Illinois law enforcement agencies and officials from detaining an individual based solely on an “immigration hold.” Also under this act, local police cannot stop, search, or arrest anyone based on their immigration or citizenship status.
Regardless of citizenship or residency status, all students can apply to Loyola. Residency status is not considered in the admissions process. Learn more
As a private, Jesuit institution, tuition at Loyola is the same for residents of the state of Illinois as well as out of state and US non-citizens. However, international and undocumented students are not eligible to receive federal or state financial aid, though students may qualify for other types of financial aid and/or scholarships, including the Magis Scholarship Fund. Loyola will continue to assist undocumented students with scholarship opportunities and loan support and will continue to investigate funding streams to assist with this task. Learn more about Loyola’s financial support.
While the Stritch School of Medicine does not guarantee financial support to undocumented students, the school works closely with accepted students to find funding. Past loans have been available through the Resurrection Project, Illinois Finance Authority, and Trinity Health.
Since 2012, Share the DREAM Undocumented Student Ally Trainings have been offered on Loyola’s Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses. The aim of these trainings is to bolster on-campus support for and the inclusion of undocumented students as well as increase understanding of the experiences and perspectives of undocumented students. Trainings are held several times a year and are open to faculty, staff, and students.
The mission of the Dreamer Committee is to develop equitable policies and practices to promote educational opportunities and improve the lives of undocumented students at Loyola University Chicago.
Please contact the Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs for further resources and information on support for undocumented students.