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Statement on ICE activity in Dane County

September 24, 2018 By Meredith McGlone

UW–Madison is working with local authorities to learn more about recent reports of increased activity by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and how it may impact students, staff and faculty as well as our broader community.

Our campus continues to abide by the following policies and practices:

  • UW-Madison will not provide information on immigration status of its students, faculty or staff unless required to do so under force of law.
  • The UW–Madison Police Department (UWPD) will not participate in immigration enforcement actions conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers (ICE). Our resources are limited and such enforcement is not part of UWPD’s mission.
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers must use appropriate legal processes if they are on campus and wish to contact individual students about enforcement-related issues. For example, they generally cannot enter an on-campus private residence without a proper warrant.

We encourage students seeking support to reach out to the Dean of Students Office in partnership with the Multicultural Student Center, a resource that provides assistance and support for the academic and non-academic success of DACA/undocumented students. For mental health support and assistance processing recent events, students are encouraged to connect with University Health Services.

In addition, we encourage members of the campus community to contact International Student Services (ISS) or International Faculty and Staff Services (IFSS) if they have questions about international students or scholars. If you or anyone you know has been affected by ICE, Dane County Immigration Affairs Specialist Fabiola Hamdan is an available resource and may be reached at (608) 242-6260.