Dear Members of the Barnard Community,

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal over President Trump’s March 6, 2017 Executive Order banning entry for 90 days for nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It partially reinstated the executive order while the case moves forward, but specified that the ban could not be enforced against against "foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” 

The Supreme Court ruling specifically cites students admitted to U.S. universities, workers with job offers from U.S. companies and lecturers with invitations to address American audiences as examples of such a "bona fide relationship" and therefore not subject to the reinstated travel ban. 

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments over the executive order in October. We will continue to monitor circumstances as they unfold. 

As we announced previously, Barnard will facilitate initial legal consultations for faculty, students or staff who have specific questions about changes in U.S. immigration policy. To take advantage of this service, students should work through Wendy Garay, the associate dean for international and intercultural student programs, Faculty should contact Giorgio DiMauro, dean for international and global strategy, Staff should contact Robin Beltzer in the Office of Human Resources,

For more information on immigration-related resources available to the Barnard community, please visit 


Rob Goldberg
Interim President & COO