Forum to Feature COL Dean Jackie Gardina and Kelly Scott, Chief Deputy District Attorney for Santa Barbara County
We write today directly address the Executive Order President Trump signed on Friday restricting people from seven countries from entering the United States. Anxieties are high as we wait with the rest of the world to understand the impact of this Order. In light of this uncertainty, our first concern is you, our students. We also recognize that you may have family and friends affected by the travel restrictions.
We are vigilantly following updates as they evolve to ensure that we are offering the best support for all of our students. The Colleges of Law is currently not certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which means we do not offer student visas; however, we understand that the Order can potentially impact students in many different statuses. The Office of Global Engagement at TCS Education System (of which COL is an affiliate) has a dedicated team monitoring the events as they unfold. We are in constant communication with them. They are available to support students with questions and concerns. Please contact us or our Office of Student Services should you need any support.
As Dean Gardina communicated this morning, this issue will continue to evolve as lawyers and the courts seek to identify the constitutional limits of the order. As always, we invite your questions, thoughts, and feedback.
Dr. Matt Nehmer
The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law