The University of Ottawa announces measures to assist students and academics affected by U.S. travel restrictions

Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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At the University of Ottawa, we have the great privilege to live, study and work as part of a diverse community that embraces people from all over the world.

“Universities must serve as a model for the diversity of disciplines, perspectives and people among us. This lies at the very heart of our mission and must not be questioned,” said Jacques Frémont, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa.

We were deeply concerned to learn about the United States’ executive order currently preventing individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

In response, the University immediately sought ways to support our own community and students and academics elsewhere who may need our assistance.

For students from the affected countries currently studying in the U.S., we will:

  • Make every effort to integrate those enrolled in U.S. universities and participating in graduate-level research programs into uOttawa research teams under the supervision of a professor who can provide support.
  • Evaluate all possible measures to immediately enroll them into similar courses.
  • Accelerate the processing of admissions into undergraduate and graduate programs by closely examining the possibility of crediting courses taken in the U.S.
  • Work with Canadian immigration officials so that affected students are assigned a status allowing them to pursue studies in Canada without returning to their country of origin.
  • Help affected students identify summer courses, find housing and access uOttawa’s support services.

For academics from the affected countries working in the U.S., we will:

  • Consider visiting appointments.
  • Help them find housing and grant access to our support services.

Please contact the University at [email protected] for more information.

For current students and academics:

  • If you are planning to travel to the U.S., for academic or other reasons, the University strongly encourages you to contact our International Office to discuss whether to proceed.

The University will continue to monitor the situation and is open to taking further measures to protect students and academics.

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