President Frank’s message on DACA

Editor’s note: This message was sent to the entire Colorado State University community by President Tony Frank on Sept. 5, 2017.


U.S. Attorney General Sessions announced this morning, as expected, that the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program is being rescinded. While Congress considers next steps, our focus at Colorado State University is and will continue to be on our own students. I want to recognize that we have approximately 189 students at CSU who we believe will be personally impacted by this action. These are students who call Colorado home – they came to CSU from the Denver Public Schools, the Mapleton School District of north Denver, the Greeley area, Adams City High School, Hinkley High School, and from many locations along the I-70 corridor.

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These students have performed exceptionally well academically and are outstanding members of our campus community. They, in many ways, embody the spirit of the Land Grant mission – to provide access to an excellent education to anyone with the ability and drive to earn it. We are deeply concerned at the potential loss to our country and to these students personally if their educational dreams are cut short.

CSU has argued, and will continue to do so, that the benefit to Colorado from retaining and graduating these students who have attended both high school and college in the state – and have strong family ties here – is significant. Certainly, the benefit to our campus community from the presence of these strong, hard-working, and talented student leaders is also significant. We support any efforts to allow these students to complete their educations at Colorado State University. To that end, we have been in touch directly with our Congressional leadership, lending our voice in support of this program, and we have also been working through our national higher education organizations, which have been strong champions of DACA.

We have had a team for many months working at CSU to support our impacted students and to look at options related to financial aid, online degree-completion, and legal and community resources. Detailed information on contacts and resources is available at this site. 

I have also included a list of campus resources below that may be useful to faculty and staff in advising students, as well as for our students themselves. Advocating for our students is a privilege we inherit from those who built this University, a role in which we take great pride, and a responsibility from which we shall not turn away despite the complexity of any situation that may face us. In the absence of much information about what comes next, I simply ask that we move forward with compassion and strong support for our impacted students.



Dr. Tony Frank


Additional resources and support for DACA students