Office of the President

Message Regarding Supreme Court Decision on DACA

June 18, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

Today the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to immediately rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, which provides legal protections and work authorizations to undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. Speaking on behalf of the entire university leadership, we are in full support of our students, staff and faculty impacted by this result and applaud the Supreme Court’s decision. We also recognize that a permanent solution is still needed.

We are working closely with the CSU Office of the Chancellor, our Undocumented Students Services leadership, and legal resources to understand the many nuances of the decision and its import for members of our campus community. More information about what this decision means to our community will be shared in the upcoming days. Please join us on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, for a Community Town Hall at which we will discuss the decision and its impact. (

As a reminder, free legal services for students, staff, and faculty remain available through the CSU Partnership with CARECEN. Please contact Coordinator Mecir A. Ureta and/or Attorney Elda Rosales for information on making an appointment.

Today’s ruling is a truly outstanding victory, but only a temporary one. While California and CSU enrollment and tuition policies are not based on DACA status and therefore would not be affected by any rescission of the policy, today’s development still leaves too many members of our campus community unsure about their future. Any potential changes to DACA could still dramatically impact our students’ and employees’ ability to work and seek employment. The CSU system and the 23 campuses are committed to working with other institutions and legislative leaders to permanently address this urgent matter.

We are in the midst of significant social and economic changes that are making an impact across our diverse communities. We understand the range of emotions, the anger, the fears, the mistrust that people are feeling. This is a deeply challenging time for so many. As an institution wholly committed to diversity and inclusion and expanding opportunities, we will continue to offer our unwavering support for faculty, staff, and students in achieving your goals and examining our institutional policies and practices that impact our ability to be true to our vision and values.

Soraya M. Coley, Ph.D