Message to faculty and staff regarding international travel

Sent by email on February 21, 2017:

Dear Carleton Faculty and Staff,

We write to follow up on a question raised at last week’s faculty meeting about the best immediate course of action for any faculty or staff to follow if they are detained or otherwise blocked from entering the U.S. while on College international travel.

The College stands ready to support all faculty or staff who may find themselves detained or blocked from re-entering the country during the performance of their College duties. If you find yourself in such a situation, we urge you, as a first step, to contact one or all of the following College offices:

24-hour emergency line:  507-222-4444
President's Office:  507-222-5597
Dean of the College Office:  507-222-4303
Human Resources: 507-222-4068

We have engaged the firm of FaegreBakerDaniels to represent Carleton in this and other matters.  Faegre has a team of attorneys who specialize in immigration law.  In the sort of emergency situation described above, the College will put you in touch with these immigration lawyers (or other resources they advise) to seek counsel on your situation and will reimburse you for legal fees incurred while on College business.  The College will also reimburse emergency costs (lodging, meals, etc.) that you or others in your charge on College business incur if you are detained and will offer additional kinds of support as needed and appropriate. Because it is impossible to know in advance all the various circumstances that could arise, the College must retain some flexibility in how it will respond.

Consistent with the College's longstanding and resolute commitment to academic freedom and international education, we strongly urge all faculty to carry on with their teaching and scholarship in the same fearless and unencumbered fashion they have up until now.  We want you to continue to do your work as you see fit—to go where you need to go for research purposes or to lead top-notch off-campus study programs.

We should note that students are also receiving an email communication this afternoon offering support and relevant resources related to international travel.

If you have concerns about upcoming travel, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Bev Nagel

Steve Poskanzer

Fred Rogers