Message from the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)
The Executive Order issued by US President Donald Trump on Friday, restricting entry to the United States by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, may present restrictions on the movement of McGill’s students, faculty, and staff, as well as of the University’s academic activities. Such an order is also contrary to our institutional character as “a community that embraces diversity, welcomes the best and the brightest from around the world and celebrates the freedom of our professors and our students to engage with their peers everywhere to study, pursue research and discover” (see the Principal’s message to the community, here.)
Principal Fortier has tasked me to work expeditiously with the senior leadership within my office, as well as others with appropriate insight and expertise, to understand the actual and potential scope of the Executive Order, and to identify measures to mitigate its impact on members of both the McGill community (students, faculty, and staff) and the broader academic and scholarly communities with which we interact.
I would like to thank the hundreds of McGillians who have shared their input. I am currently reviewing your submissions and will provide information on actions the University may take shortly.