Updated: Rutgers' Position on Protecting Student Rights

December 4, 2018

The following statement is an update of President Barchi's December 2016 statement of the University's position on protecting student rights.

Protecting PrivacyRutgers University will continue to steadfastly protect the privacy of all our students and their records. Rutgers does not and will not share undocumented student records without a warrant, subpoena, or court order. Rutgers University police do not inquire into nor record the immigration status of students or other persons unless required by an Attorney General's directive, as discussed below. We expect all persons associated with the University to protect student privacy and confidentiality as well. Rutgers University does not use E-verify for any purposes other than to comply with longstanding federal law regarding employment eligibility. Immigration status is not a factor in student housing decisions. Rutgers University will insist that any engagement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement on our campus follow due legal process, including requiring a warrant where appropriate.

DACA. Rutgers University will continue to vigorously advocate for the continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. As one example, President Barchi publicly co-signed a letter through the Association of American Universities supporting the continuation of this policy. In New Jersey, undocumented students who graduate from New Jersey high schools receive in-state tuition by the state’s 2013 Dream Act, not by federal law, and are eligible to be considered for state financial aid programs under a law passed in 2018. The University strongly supported both pieces of legislation and would strenuously oppose any efforts to rescind them.

RUPD Procedures. The Rutgers University Police Department, in cooperation with the Rutgers University community, strives to maintain a safe learning, living, and working environment. The RUPD does not stop, question, arrest, search, or detain anyone based on an individual’s actual or suspected immigration status. Nor does the RUPD inquire into immigration status, except as required by New Jersey Attorney General Directive 2018-6. The RUPD does not detain anyone on behalf of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement absent a judicial order.

Resources. All Rutgers students, regardless of their location, have access to the services of our Rutgers Immigrant Community Assistance Project (RICAP), operated through Rutgers Law School.  RICAP strives to foster a safe environment on campus and to remove barriers to student success by providing immigration legal services. Students who feel anxious or upset may always seek assistance from counseling professionals at the student health services locations across the University.