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Pennsylvania State University To Focus On Providing Support For International Community

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Pennsylvania State University has announced that it will be providing support for its international community. The resources are especially focused on the students affected by President Trump's travel ban executive order.

In its official website, Pennsylvania State University's executive vice president and provost Nick Jones told the university community that the institution will continue its firm commitment to make sure that every student, faculty and staff member feels safe and secure in campus. The announcement was made during the school's town hall meeting on the University Park campus last week.

Jones said that they want to nurture a welcoming environment. He added that the progress of education and research is one of Pennsylvania State University's top priorities.

The meeting was held in the HUB-Robeson Center in collaboration with Penn State Global Programs. Jones urged international students and faculty who are affected by President Trump's travel ban executive order. He encouraged them to consult with Global Programs for guidance and assistance for any trips that they have planned.

The Penn State executive VP and provost added that the university deems the ability of its students to travel abroad for research as "extremely important." He admitted that they will do everything they can to protect that opportunity.

It was previously reported that President Trump's executive order suspends entry for 90 days from certain Muslim-majority nations based on statute related to the Visa Waiver Program. Individuals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen will not be allowed entry from the nation.

According to Penn Live, Penn State President Eric J. Barron and Temple University President Richard M. Englert have joined the Association of American Universities last month to petition for Trump's travel ban executive order to be ended as soon as possible.

17 universities have filed a brief last week in support of a court challenge to President Trump's immigration policy. The brief was filed in a civil action sought by the attorney general of New York and several others in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

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