Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.90
Liaison Steve Mital
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Oregon
IN-30: Sanctuary Institution

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.50 Sarah Stoeckl
Assistant Director
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution been formally designated as an institution of sanctuary by Universities of Sanctuary (UK), University of Sanctuary Ireland, or an equivalent third party recognition program?:
No

Is the institution officially self-declared to be an institution of sanctuary?:
Yes

Documentation affirming the institution’s official sanctuary status:
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Website URL where information affirming the institution's sanctuary status is available:
A brief description of the institution’s policies and programs to welcome, support, and protect asylum seekers, refugees, and/or undocumented immigrants:

Following a major INS (precursor to ICE) raid in the 1970s, and the Sanctuary Movement in the 1980s, in 1987 Oregon passed a sanctuary law: "No law enforcement agency of the State of Oregon or of any political subdivision of the state shall use agency moneys, equipment or personnel for the purpose of detecting or apprehending persons whose only violation of law is that they are persons of foreign citizenship present in the United States in violation of federal immigration laws." Several cities adopted sanctuary city statuses during this time, however Oregon was the first to adopt a statewide sanctuary policy in the US.

In 2018 this law was challenged through the ballot initiative process. The challenge came in ballot measure 105 in Oregon, the challenge lost by nearly 500,000 votes (Oregon voters rejected changing the policy by a margin of 2 to 1).

As a State agency the University of Oregon is not only obliged, but also actively supports the State sanctuary law, through public statements from the UO President. This law supersedes any campus policy and the UO is proud to comply with this law.

Additionally, the UO has openly declared it's support for our DACA students (via the open letter from President Michael Schill linked above) and has also put in strong programmatic support for DACA students, including a professional development ally training for faculty, staff, and others: https://www.uoregon.edu/dreamers . On their home page the UO's General Counsel office also includes guidance for what to do if immigration enforcement comes to campus: https://generalcounsel.uoregon.edu/ . This policy follows, among other things, the state law referenced above that prohibits state resources “for the purpose of detecting or apprehending persons whose only violation of law is that they are persons of foreign citizenship present in the U.S. in violation of federal immigration laws.”


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