A message regarding the presidential proclamation restricting travel

September 29, 2017

Dear MU Faculty, Staff, and Students,

Earlier this week, a presidential proclamation restricted entry to the U.S. by citizens of certain countries. We have had several questions about how this impacts MU, and I want to take this opportunity to address them.

It is important to know that those who are already in the United States or have a valid U.S. visa are exempt from the entry ban. Also, for six of the countries specified, the issuance of student visas is not suspended―though additional vetting may be required. Our International Center is reviewing the new requirements closely and has been in contact with current students who may be affected either directly or indirectly.

MU is home to more than 3,000 students and scholars from more than 100 countries. We attract the best and brightest minds from around the world to our campus. Our international faculty, staff, and students are essential members of the Mizzou family. They teach in our classrooms, engage in critical research, and share their talents with our community. They are our colleagues and friends, and we extend to them unwavering support and heartfelt concern for their well-being.

Just a few weeks ago we had the pleasure of welcoming Mizzou’s new international students and scholars to our campus. We were joined that day by MU staff, the mayor of Columbia, and representatives of numerous local organizations and businesses―all of whom echoed the same message to our international community that we want to emphasize again today―you are welcome here. We believe that international exchange builds a more peaceful and secure world.

There is still much we do not know about how the new proclamation will be implemented. Be assured that we are monitoring the situation carefully as it develops. The MU International Center is available to answer your questions or provide further information.


Garnett S. Stokes
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs