USF World News

US Supreme Court Rules Students Are Excluded from Travel Ban

To Current and Future USF Bulls,

On Monday, June 26, 2017, the United States Supreme Court allowed parts of President Trump's visa/travel ban Executive Order to go into effect for foreign nationals who lack any "bona fide relationship with any person or entity in the United States." According to the Supreme Court, examples of bona fide relationships include students admitted to a United States college or university; those with a close family relationship with an individual in the United States; those who have accepted offers of employment in the United States; and those invited to give a lecture in the United States. Based on the Supreme Court decision, the travel ban does NOT impact continuing or prospective students.

The University of South Florida (USF) would like to remind our global community that USF remains at our core a community of global scholars and that our international students are valued, respected, and essential to the free flow of ideas, the transfer of knowledge, and the innovative research of this globally engaged university. USF is deeply committed to the diversity of our student body and will respect each and every student on our campus. We are all Bulls; we are all USF.

We feel it is important to write to you and share this information so that as a member of the USF community you can continue to be assured of the absolute dedication of this institution to our global mission and our continuous pursuit to always make ALL students feel like USF is home. The transfer of knowledge and the diversity of thought are essential to a globally engaged university, and we honor the perspectives that international students have brought (and will continue to bring) to our academic community. Each of you brings a worldview that has enhanced our understandings and we celebrate that diversity!


Dr. Roger Brindley, USF System Vice President, USF World 

Dr. Glen Besterfield, Assistant Vice President, International Admissions and Global Partnerships

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