Dear Members of the Campus Community,

The executive order recently issued from the United States has caused consternation around the world. Faculty, staff and students are understandably anxious. We must now work together to celebrate our diversity.

We have begun working with and reaching out to students from the affected countries, offering support and connections to resources and help in dealing with logistical details such as flights home. We are also working with students who are scheduled to go on exchange or on international experiences abroad to ensure that their trips can happen safely and without incident. The International Student Services Office stands ready to support all international students and students on exchange with resources, and the staff have made connections with Health and Counselling Services so they may accurately refer students in need of additional support.

The executive order from the president of the United States temporarily banning people from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia from entry into the U.S. affects those at Carleton who are from those countries. Faculty, staff and students who are originally from those named countries will probably be denied entry into the United States. The Government of Canada has indicated that Canadian dual citizens and permanent residents should not be affected by the ban. Therefore, to err on the side of caution, please advise any members of your faculty or unit (including faculty, librarians, staff, and students) who are originally from one of the named countries of this temporary ban and the uncertainty as to its implications.

The provost and vice-president (Academic) has indicated that it is good practice for anyone travelling outside Canada to check the Government of Canada’s travel advisory website ( for any potential concerns. If you need to change or cancel your travel plans, please note that reasonable cancellation fees and/or additional fare charges associated with approved university travel should be considered as legitimate expenses related to travel reimbursement. Getting travel insurance that covers cancellation or changes for any reason is to be encouraged.

Students who are planning to travel to the U.S. and have any concerns should please contact the International Student Services Office ( will provide information on the ban as it is received.

Students, staff and faculty who were planning to attend academic meetings or conferences and who are now unable to do so, should ask if they may join electronically by Skype or teleconference.If assistance is needed, please let the staff in Instructional Media Services ( know and they will endeavour to assist you.

We hope that Canada, and specifically Carleton, will continue to serve as a model of openness and peace during these difficult times.

Sincerely yours,

Roseann O’Reilly Runte
President and Vice-Chancellor

Peter Ricketts
Provost and Vice-President (Academic)

Suzanne Blanchard
Vice-President (Students and Enrolment)

Michel Piché
Vice-President (Finance and Administration)

Rafik Goubran
Acting Vice-President (Research and International)