Policies and Resources for DACA/Undocumented Students

Trinity College connects students, faculty, and staff to form a diverse community of learning, and we support all members of our community so that they may take full advantage of the opportunities Trinity provides. This includes students whose immigration status may put them at risk, whether they are undocumented or are temporarily protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA)*.   We will continue to do all we can within the limits of the law to support our students and help them to achieve their potential.

To that end, Trinity affirms:

  • We will continue to maintain the confidentiality of student citizenship and immigration status, in accordance with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.  Furthermore, we will not voluntarily share such information with government agencies unless compelled to do so by court order. 
  • We will continue to provide access to legal advice to undocumented and DACA students.  This includes consultation with legal counsel, free of charge, as well as general educational programs and materials pertaining to immigration.
  • We will continue to maintain an emergency travel account through the office of the Dean of Campus Life and Vice President for Student Affairs to support the needs of our DACA students.  
  • We will continue to monitor our campus for acts of bias or harassment and will renew our commitment to the Campaign for Community. 
  • ​The College does not and will not inquire about a student’s citizenship or immigration status, once the student is on campus. 


*Given the strict laws and regulations governing the hiring of employees on campus, it is extremely unlikely that there are faculty or staff employees at Trinity College (whether employed by the College or by third party contractors) who lack proper work authorization.  Moreover, international students admitted from foreign countries must obtain a visa from the U.S. State Department, before they can travel to this country.  Accordingly, this policy statement relates exclusively to domestic students at Trinity who are entirely undocumented or who have been temporarily paroled under the DACA program.​