University statement on immigration concerns

We understand that many members of the Iowa State community are concerned about potential changes to the country’s immigration laws and the impact on undocumented students. We recognize this is causing fear and anxiety among many people on campus, and our top priority is the safety and well-being of everyone in the Iowa State community. We will continue to offer support and resources to anyone who is concerned about their status at Iowa State. Iowa State University Police do not gather information about the citizenship or immigration status of the people who have interactions with police officers and have no jurisdiction or role in enforcing United States immigration laws. The university has no plans to change this practice. President Leath and university administration do not have the authority to declare the campus a sanctuary and must operate within the policies and guidelines established by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.  

We have heard nothing from federal or state authorities to suggest there will be any changes impacting the status of undocumented students’ relationships with the university. As a land-grant institution, Iowa State will continue to adhere to its long-standing practice of providing a high quality, affordable education to all students. As we work through these issues, we encourage all Iowa Staters to embrace the Principles of the Iowa State Community: respect, purpose, cooperation, diversity, freedom from discrimination, and the honest and respectful exchange of ideas.

We urge anyone with concerns to reach out. The university has a number of resources that offer support, guidance and additional information: 

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs


College Multicultural Liaison Officers


   Agriculture and Life Sciences








   Human Sciences


   Liberal Arts and Sciences


   Veterinary Medicine


International Students and Scholars


Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion


Student Assistance and Outreach, Dean of Students Office


Student Counseling Service