Penn State Will Not Adopt ‘Sanctuary Campus’ Title

Susan Snyder, Philadelphia Inquirer, January 3, 2017

Pennsylvania State University will not become a “sanctuary campus,” a term that President Eric Barron said is “ambiguous” and has “no legal validity.”

His statement comes as the nation’s college campuses debate how to respond to the possibility that President-elect Donald Trump will repeal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), put in place by President Obama to protect undocumented college students from deportation. {snip}

Penn State had received a student petition, requesting that the university adopt the sanctuary campus designation. But Barron said that declaring the state’s flagship university a sanctuary campus will not offer any additional protections.

“If used, it could imply that our university has the authority to exempt our campus from federal immigration laws, when in fact no university has that authority,” Barron said in the statement. “It also implies incorrectly a university is able to provide special protections to undocumented individuals beyond the law. That also is not the case.”

Barron said Penn State will comply with the law, including keeping student information private “except in accordance with the law.”

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