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ACCU Press Releases & Statements


7/15/2020  ACCU Statement on Rescission of DHS Guidance

The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities is relieved by the decision reached on July 14 to rescind the earlier guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency regarding international students.  We thank Harvard and MIT for bringing suit challenging the guidance and for the more than 70 higher education associations who signed onto the amicus brief in the case. 

The Department’s directive would have been deleterious for the universities that educate international students, but was also bad health policy and bad for the U.S. standing in the world.  Yesterday’s decision resolved these issues for existing international students.  We hope the administration will address the needs of new international students using the same flexibility during this pandemic.


7/8/2020 ACCU Statement on Guidance Released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued guidance — soon to be a final rule — that international students must return home unless their university provides classroom-based instruction for their programs.  In a pandemic, containing infection and protecting public health must remain utmost priorities.  In light of the continued spread of the coronavirus, the decision by DHS is not only bad health policy, it is heartless.  Last spring, universities had to pivot on a dime to shift instruction online in order to keep students, faculty, and local communities safe from contagion.  International students were accommodated by the government and allowed to finish their courses online, despite policies against online education for international students.  These are young people fully vetted by the U.S. government, given clearance to study here, and now partway through their programs.  Sending them home, without a degree, would force them to start their lives over simply because a university is trying to keep its faculty and students safe as contagion levels continue to be unpredictable.  There are difficult decisions to make in challenging times, but this is not one of those.  Allowing all students, regardless of country of origin, to be given equal access to online learning is the fair, sensible, and moral thing to do.  We can keep students safe and keep these young people on track. 


6/18/2020 ACCU Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision on DACA

The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities is gratified by today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision permitting those eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to renew their status.  These are individuals brought to the United States as children, who know no other country and who simply aspire to live the American Dream.  The White House’s attempt to target them is both a moral and a political failure.

The Catholic higher education community stands committed to the individuals in the DACA program who are enrolled at our colleges and universities.  We pray that today’s decision means they will be able to continue their studies without interruption and that, one day soon, others in their situation will be encouraged to pursue their education goals. 

Today’s decision is likely not the final word on the DACA program.  We call upon our nation’s leaders — and especially Congress — to permanently protect the dreams of all students who seek to realize the promise of our country.


6/5/2020 ACCU Statement on the Passing of Bishop George Murry, SJ

The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities mourns the passing of Bishop George Murry, SJ, bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio. Bishop Murry was a full and ardent supporter of Catholic higher education. He chaired the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Catholic Education and hosted and was a great friend to our institutions and the important work being done there.  Our presidents held him in the highest regard.

Bishop Murry also led the Conference’s Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism and, at this critical moment in our country’s history, the nation will surely feel his loss.


6/1/2020 ACCU Statement on Racial Injustice

ACCU has released this statement in the wake of the death of George Floyd and the protests that have followed.


4/22/2020 ACCU Statement on Emergency Relief for Students

Read the association's reaction to the exclusion of undocumented students from the benefits of the CARES Act.


1/28/2020 ACCU Statement following today's decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals

Read the association's statement following the decision in the matter of Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit v. National Labor Relations Board.

Read the opinion of the U.S. Court in this matter.


For earlier press releases and statements from ACCU, please visit our News Archive page.


ACCU in the News


In Support of DACA (June 19, Inside Higher Ed)

Catholic colleges, universities face pandemic's financial punch (May 19, Catholic News Service)

Catholic colleges struggle with coronavirus challenge ahead of fall term (May 18, Crux)

Top Higher Ed Groups Create New DACA Resources Website (May 8, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education)

Catholic colleges and universities fight to avert fiscal disaster amid the coronavirus pandemic (May 7, America)

Catholic colleges, strapped for cash during pandemic, struggle with reopening plans (May 4, National Catholic Reporter)

Catholic entities expect to receive aid under emergency relief bill (March 27, Catholic Courier)



Members in the News


The DACA ruling is huge for higher education (June 19, New York Daily News)

How one university is changing the summer session model (June 5, University Business)

Catholic college graduations: No pomp, but a lot of circumstance this year (May 15, Catholic News Service)

The coronavirus gives Catholic universities a chance to strengthen their identity (May 15, America)

Villanova University retaining all staff through COVID-19 pandemic (May 8, 6ABC)

Loyola New Orleans Goes Test Blind on Admissions (May 7, Inside Higher Ed)

Catholic universities extend hand to Catholic hospitals, health care staff during pandemic (April 27, Catholic Health World)

Private university coming to Tucson has local business leaders lining up to collaborate (April 18, Arizona Daily Star)

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. Redux: All Educational Institutions Should Include Instilling “Serving Others” in Their Mission (April 16, Forbes)

Pandemic Presents Special Challenge to 2-Year College Built on a Cohort Model (April 14, The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Commentary: Private Colleges Deserve Fair Share of Relief Package (April 3, The Rivard Report)


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