Undocumented or DACA Student Information


The University has put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions, found below. Scroll to the bottom of the page for resources about the DACA program or being an undocumented student. 

Will I be safe on campus?

Sewanee has made it clear that we support the DACA program.  Further, the University will not release information about any student’s status to anyone outside of the University, unless legally compelled to do so.

Can I renew my DACA status?

Due to a federal court order on January 9, 2018, individuals who were previously granted DACA, including those whose DACA expired on or after September 5, 2016, may file a renewal request. Individuals who were previously granted DACA but whose DACA expired before September 5, 2016 cannot file a renewal, but can file a new initial request for DACA. Individuals who have never had DACA may not file for DACA now.

 Note that this renewal program may be available indefinitely or it could be stopped by another court decision. It is important to weigh the pros and cons of applying. This fact sheet from United We Dream and the National Immigration Law Center may be helpful in answering questions: https://www.nilc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/DACA-USCIS-Announcement-FAQ-2018.pdf

Will I be allowed to attend Sewanee?

Yes. Undocumented students, with or without DACA, are welcome on our campus and should continue to pursue higher education.

Will the University turn over my information to ICE?

Only if we are legally compelled to do so.

If I have DACA, can I leave the country?

Effective September 5, 2017, DHS will not approve any new applications for advance parole (approval to leave the country and re-enter the country and maintain DACA status). Current DACA recipients are advised not to leave the country at this time as they may not be permitted to return to the United States.

Will I lose my financial aid?

No. Any undocumented student, with or without DACA, currently receiving institutional financial aid will not lose their funding from Sewanee.

Who can I reach out to for support?

The Dean of Students Office is ready to help.  There are staff and offices that are ready to assist you if you have concerns or questions as a result of the announcement about the DACA Program. 

General Concerns and Support:

Multicultural Student Affairs: Eric Benjamin

Dean of Students Office: Dr. Becky Spurlock

Office of Global Citizenship: Abby Colbert (Global Travel and Study Abroad)

The Wellness Center (Counseling Services)

The Chaplain’s Office

What do I do if ICE or other government office asks me for information on a student? (for faculty and staff)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of information contained in student education records. Information from those records may be shared outside of the university only with the written consent of the student or if an exception to FERPA’s consent requirement applies (e.g., directory information, health and safety emergency). The Registrar’s Office is available to help guide you through issues regarding student records privacy and to respond to requests for student records. Faculty and staff should not, and have no responsibility to, provide information to a federal or state official requesting immediate information on a phone call or during an in-person visit. Any oral or written request you receive should be referred to the University's Office of General Counsel in Walsh-Ellett Hall. More information can be can also be found on the Provost’s webpage.

Additional Resources:

Vice-Chancellor’s Statement on the Immigration Executive Order

Vice-Chancellor's Message about Immigration and Citizenship

NAICU List of Support for DACA

ACE Support for DACA

DHS Memo on Rescission of DACA

FAQ on Rescission of DACA by DHS

National Immigration Center FAQ on DACA

Today's DACA Announcement

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Chart on Options