Message from Dean Karpus on executive order on immigration

February 01, 2017

Graduate Students,

By now, you have undoubtedly seen various messages about the recently signed Executive Order that affects entry into the U.S. for some immigrants, particularly those from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen.

I am emailing to underscore the Chancellor’s statement and to express my support for you as a member our campus community. Graduate students in particular play an important role in the research and teaching mission of our university. During these challenging times, please keep in mind that you are welcomed and valued at UW-Madison as talented scholars, researchers and colleagues. It is important to maintain an inclusive environment of educational and research excellence and to respect and celebrate the diverse backgrounds of our university community members.

While the full the impacts of the President’s executive order are unknown at this time, UW-Madison is paying close attention to ongoing developments and will provide information resources in support of graduate students. I understand you may have questions and I advise you to consult with International Student Services ( and to watch for more information from the university as it becomes available ( If you need additional support services do not hesitate to reach out to the Graduate School, your department, your school/college, or the Dean of Students Office.


William J. Karpus
Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Wisconsin-Madison

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