U.S. travel restrictions under scrutiny

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UdeM is concerned by how the U.S. government's move to limit the travel of citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries will affect the international university community

Université de Montréal is preoccupied by the repercussions for the international university community of a new decree signed by U.S. President Donald Trump, in particular its effect on the activities of students and professors living in Canada. The new restrictions limit the movement of citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries, including that of professors and students who would travel to the U.S. on exchange programs or to attend research conferences.

"Intellectual life at universities depends largely on the movement of ideas and people," said UdeM rector Guy Breton. "We're very worried that the quality of transborder scientific exchanges could begin to deteriorate across the globe. Knowledge would be lost, and so, too, would the vitality of societies that believe in the furthering of knowledge."

Université de Montréal supports the position of Universities Canada on this issue and will work with it to limit the undesirable effects of the American government's action. In a communiqué yesterday, Universities Canada noted that "Canada’s universities continue to welcome students, faculty and staff from around the world, including those seeking refuge from violence and hardship."

Meanwhile, any UdeM student who stands to be affected by the American decree can get in touch with the university's Bureau des étudiants internationaux to obtain assistance. Professors and support staff should speak with their departmental director, dean or service administrator.

The administration of UdeM will be monitoring the situation closely and will take all steps necessary to support the members of its community.