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DACA Update

February 5, 2018

From the moment the future of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) became uncertain, Dartmouth has been taking concerted action to assist, support and protect its DACA students.

  • College officials, including the President, have been in direct and frequent communication with members of Congress to fiercely advocate for the continuation of DACA or new legislation that would ensure that those who were brought to this country as children and had obtained legal status under DACA can continue to pursue their studies freely and without fear.
  • Dartmouth has been offering and will continue to offer students referrals to legal services related to DACA, including outside attorneys, nonprofit legal clinics, and advocacy organizations. In the Fall of 2017, we offered students group and one-on-one consultations with attorneys and covered those costs, in full. We have also defrayed DACA renewal filing fees for students who could not afford them and established a system through Student Affairs that enables students who demonstrate need to request assistance with the cost of DACA-related fees. Our DACA Resource page online also includes a link to, a network of low-cost or free providers across the U.S.
  • We are in ongoing contact with the ACLU, which seeks to ensure the rights of individuals who are subject to U.S. Customs and Border Protection policies as they use public transportation in the Upper Valley, given the area’s proximity to an international border. Our aim is to ensure that we are able to share the most timely and accurate information with students about invoking their rights. Just last week, OVIS offered a “Know Your Rights” session, which was open to all students, faculty and staff, with presenters from the New Hampshire affiliate of the ACLU.
  • As a matter of course, Dartmouth’s Department of Safety and Security does not inquire about immigration or citizenship status, nor does it have the authority to detain individuals on that basis or make arrests. Dartmouth does not grant access to non-public campus property or disclose information about students, faculty or staff to any third parties in the absence of a subpoena, warrant, or other legal authorization.
  • Dartmouth continues to meet the full need of all admitted students. If students are unable to work for any reason, we assist them in identifying outside scholarships and Dartmouth loans that enable them to defer payment until after graduation.
  • Dartmouth maintains a robust infrastructure for mental health resources for DACA and undocumented students, including a website highlighting these resources.
  • OVIS provides and will continue to provide outreach and training to departments, offices, and individual faculty and staff members as well as an annual session for senior administrators on the status of DACA and issues facing DACA/undocumented students. 
  • We remain steadfast in our commitment to maintaining an environment free of harassment and discrimination based on immigration or citizenship status.

Last Updated: 7/25/18