Friday, December 9, 2016

Information to Support Undocumented Students at SDSU

Many members of the San Diego State University community have expressed concerns about the status of undocumented students, including those qualified under the California DREAM Act or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This memo provides information that faculty and staff can share to support student success.

SDSU is committed to providing a safe and welcoming campus environment for all students, faculty and staff. In recent statements, California State University Chancellor Timothy White has affirmed the University’s commitment “to protect[ing] access, affordability, intellectual freedom, inclusivity, and diversity for all students . . . including supporting DACA students.” Additionally,
SDSU is working with our legislative representatives to ensure support for undocumented students. 

If a student approaches you with concerns about their status at the university, SDSU will maintain a FAQ webpage with current information supporting undocumented and DACA students.

The following sources of information may also be helpful:
  • Assistant Deans for Student Affairs and Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) counselors are trained to provide guidance to impacted students. Students can call (619) 594-6298 or email to schedule an appointment with EOP.
  • SDSU’s Financial Aid Office can provide information to students with questions about aid eligibility.  Counselors are available (no appointment necessary) at SSW 3605 every day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or call (619) 594-6323.
  • Education Without Borders (EWB) is a student organization providing support for undocumented students. For additional information visit
  • SDSU’s Counseling and Psychological Services can provide support to students experiencing concern: call 619-594-5220 or visit for more information.
Additionally, faculty who seek to create a welcoming classroom environment might consider including a brief statement on their Spring 2017 syllabi: 

“The CSU has affirmed its commitment to ‘protecting access, affordability, intellectual freedom, inclusivity, and diversity for all students . . . including supporting DACA students.’  Discrimination, harassment, or retaliation against students, faculty, and staff on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexuality, disability, nationality, immigration status and other categories of identity is prohibited.  If you have concerns about your status at the university, please visit for information or contact the Dean of Students or the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in your College.”