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In Response to Friday’s Executive Order on Immigration

Paul Katz, MD, PresidentDear Campus Community,

Once again we find ourselves in a position to reinforce the culture of respect, diversity, citizenship, civility, and inclusivity that exists at University of the Sciences.

The executive order on immigration signed by President Donald J. Trump last week has caused confusion, concern, and uncertainty across the nation for students, faculty, staff, and their families from the countries of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. 

As a community of scholars, we pride ourselves on our diversity and value the considerable contributions of these students, faculty, and staff to science and to higher education in general. And as a University, we stand shoulder to shoulder with many other colleges and universities and those around the United States and the world who have expressed their apprehension about the recent changes to federal immigration policy.

Until more clarification is provided, we urge any nationals from those countries named above to seek additional information and defer travel. We are aware of a handful of our F-1 international students and a few faculty and staff who are affected at this time.

If you have any questions/concerns or are in need of support, we encourage students to reach out to Associate Dean and Director of Multicultural Affairs Dr. Walter Perry (215-596-8890 or, while faculty and staff should contact Director of Human Resources Michael Janes (215-596-8697 or

We promise to monitor this rapidly evolving situation and will reach out with additional information as it becomes available.

Thank you,

Paul Katz, MD

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