Affirming the rights of our undocumented community members

To: Campus Community

From: Cynthia Larive, UCSC Chancellor & Lori Kletzer, UCSC Interim CPEVC

Dear campus community,

We write to strongly reaffirm that UC Santa Cruz will not participate in any immigration raids and will uphold the civil and privacy rights of all of our community members regardless of immigration status. The recently announced plan to increase immigration actions is designed to create fear and to divide our community. Instead, our community will stand together. Our campus is built on a foundation of social justice, and our commitment to the rights of our students and employees, without regard for immigration status, is essential to that foundation.

UCSC's police department will not aid any effort to investigate, detain or arrest individuals for violation of federal immigration law. On Sunday, University of California President Janet Napolitano issued a statement outlining UC's commitment to the rights of all students, staff, and faculty, regardless of immigration status.

Previously, we shared important contact information and instructions on what to do in various scenarios if you encounter an immigration official on campus. We would like to share that resource again and also highlight the UC resources below:

While we have no indication that Imigration and Customs Enforcement plans to come to campus, it is important that every member of our community understands and works to support these rights.