Postelection Frequently Asked Questions
In his postelection message, President Stephen Jordan emphasized that “nothing in the national election changes MSU Denver’s commitment to its core values of community, access, diversity and respect, nor does it change our commitment to support all members of our community. We must also remind ourselves that election rhetoric is a long way from actual policy, and that we hold all members of our community — with or without documentation, regardless of immigration status or religious affiliation — as full and protected members, and I want to take this opportunity to affirm my unqualified commitment to policies and practices that support their participation in our academic community. And, we have no intention of ever abandoning these commitments.”
This document is meant to provide further guidance and support to our students and staff. Responses to the below questions are informational only and do not constitute legal advice. Links to local and national immigration resources and MSU Denver services are incorporated in the appropriate responses.
1. As an undocumented student, will the election of Donald Trump affect my tuition status at MSU Denver?
No. Senate Bill 13-033 (ASSET) is Colorado state law. ASSET (Advancing Students for a Stronger Economic Tomorrow) allows U.S. citizens, permanent residents, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and undocumented students to qualify for in-state tuition in the state of Colorado under certain conditions: ciccoloradoasset.org/. Students who are eligible for in-state tuition and Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF) can continue to enroll in this program. Please go to the MSU Denver Admissions Office for information: msudenver.edu/admissions/apply/first-timeundergraduate/assetdaca/.
2. Will undocumented students continue to have access to institutional student aid and private donor scholarships?
Yes. Although undocumented students do not have access to federal financial aid, all MSU Denver students, including DACA, ASSET and other undocumented students, do have access to institutional aid and private donor scholarships if they meet eligibility requirements. As an alternative to completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), MSU Denver students who are undocumented may complete the DAIA (Dreamer Application for Institutional Aid). Please go to the MSU Denver Office of Financial Aid for information: msudenver.edu/financialaid/undergraduate/apply/assetstudents/.
3. Will MSU Denver share students’ immigration status with federal immigration officials?
MSU Denver will not release or share student information with federal immigration officials unless required to do so by court order.
4. As a DACA student, what effect will the election have on my employment status at MSU Denver?
No one knows which federal programs will continue under the new Trump administration. Until actions are taken to repeal the executive order authorizing DACA, MSU Denver students will continue employment under its protections. For more information about DACA, go to:
- National Immigrant Law Center: nilc.org
- United We Dream: unitedwedream.org
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center: ilrc.org
5. Has MSU Denver joined the national call in support of DACA students?
Yes. Dr. Jordan is one of more than 500 committed institutional leaders across the country who signed a statement offering to meet with U.S. leaders to uphold, continue and expand DACA in support of our students. For more information, go to pomona.edu/news/2016/11/21-college-university-presidents-call-us-uphold-and-continue-daca. In addition, MSU Denver is listed among the Presidents for Latino Success in a letter released by Dream.US and Excelencia in Education.
6. What should I do if I feel I have been the victim of discrimination or harassment?
If you feel you are experiencing discrimination or harassment on campus, you may schedule a meeting with a member of the Office of Equal Opportunity (EOO) team to discuss concerns, rights, and how to file complaints. For more information, go to msudenver.edu/eoo/.
If you have witnessed or experienced an act of violence, contact the Auraria Police Department at msudenver.edu/emergency/securityandpublicsafety/.
7. What other support services are available on campus to students experiencing depression or post-election concerns or anxiety?
MSU Denver provides numerous support services for our students and staff, including counseling, advocacy and other supports. For more information, please see this Campus Resources document.
8. As an undocumented student, why should I stay in school?
MSU Denver wants you here and will support you through degree completion. You are an important resource to our institution and to communities across the Denver metropolitan area. While none of us yet know what immigration, employment or other policies will emerge from the Trump administration, you need to know that a college degree holds value throughout the world. Finish your degree with us and allow us to serve as your advocate today and as you prepare for your future career.
9. What should I do if I want to understand my immigration rights?
Seek advice and guidance about immigration status and how you can pursue your legal rights from reputable immigration attorneys. Along with links to national resources provided above, for a list of available local resources, please see this Colorado Immigration Resources document. Also, you can seek an immigration attorney from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) at ailalawyer.org/ (English) or ailalawyer.org/spanish/default.aspx.