Jan. 30, 2017

University of Calgary supporting community members affected by U.S. travel ban

Students, faculty and staff from around the world welcome


University Relations Staff

The University of Calgary is committed to supporting students, faculty and staff who are impacted by President Trump’s recent executive order to restrict travel from seven countries to the United States.

“Our university is based on diversity, inclusivity, and the free exchange of scholarship and ideas across international boundaries,” said President Elizabeth Cannon.  “These values are the foundation of great universities worldwide.  Any restriction that prevents students and scholars from going abroad for study, teaching or research is deeply concerning, and has a profound impact not only on scholarship but also on family relationships of our university community members.”

Added Cannon: “The University of Calgary stands with Universities Canada and other Canadian universities in continuing to welcome students, faculty and staff from around the world, including those seeking refuge from violence and hardship. Within the university community, our diversity is our strength.”

During these uncertain times, the university is assessing the impacts of the executive order to ensure that students, faculty and staff, including international students and scholars, can continue their studies, teaching and research. Following is information and contacts for affected individuals.

All students, faculty and staff who are currently travelling abroad and have concerns should call Risk Management and Insurance directly at 403-540-4552 or email at riskmgmt@ucalgary.ca; in the case of an emergency reach us 24-hour collect at Campus Security at 403-220-5333.

International students who have concerns or questions can reach staff at International Student Services at 403-220-5581 or via email at international.advice@ucalgary.ca.

Students who plan/were planning to go abroad can contact study.abroad@ucalgary.ca or 403-220-5581.

For those who are in Calgary and have to change/cancel travel plans, please reach out for assistance through the following contacts:

  • Undergraduate students should contact the Office of Student Experience at vpse@ucalgary.ca or (403) 220-6580.
  • Graduate students should contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies at graduate@ucalgary.ca or (403) 220-4938.
  •  Postdocs should contact the Postdoc Office at postdoc@ucalgary.ca or (403) 210-9104.
  •  Faculty should reach out to their dean.
  •  Staff should reach out to their manager.

We offer those in our community who are impacted by the travel ban to the U.S. emotional support, including counselling. Students can access services through the Faith and Spirituality Centre (artuliss@ucalgary.ca or 403-220-5451) or the SU Wellness Centre (403-210-9355, Option #2). Staff can access services through our provider Homewood Health (1-800-663-1142 or www.homeweb.ca).