Disclaimer: These FAQs are meant for informational purposes only, and are not provided for the purpose of addressing individual situations. The FAQs are not meant to be considered specific legal advice, which can only be given by lawyers to their clients. You should contact your own attorney or a legal clinic if you need guidance about a specific legal question.
For more thorough information regarding the specifics of the DACA Rescission, see the US Department of Homeland Security Frequently Asked Questions
If I am a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) student, does rescinding DACA allow me to continue to attend UH and obtain my degree?
Answer: First and foremost, please be aware that UH does not check citizenship status when a student enrolls at the University. Secondly, the Attorney General’s ruling does not affect the expiration date of current documents that grant individuals legal status under DACA, and all properly filed pending DACA renewal requests will be considered by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Finally, DACA students should consult an immigration lawyer or clinic in relation to their situation. Students from any of the UHS universities may contact the UH Immigration Clinic at (713) 743-2094 for a free intake consultation. Be sure to indicate you are a student with the UH System and ask for an intake consultation.
Since my personal information is in the governmental system, how can I be assured that my house will not get raided?
Answer: While UH cannot guarantee how any governmental agency will proceed in a specific instance, the US Department of Homeland Security has indicated on its Frequently Asked Questions page that information provided to UHCIS in DACA requests will not be proactively provided to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or to the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Where can students who are affected by this determination find support on campus?
Answer: The University of Houston Law Center’s Immigration Clinic is available to UH students from any campus who need a free intake consultation. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the clinic main number at (713) 743-2094. Be sure to indicate you are a student with the UH System and ask for an intake consultation.
Counseling to help cope with the anxiety of uncertainty is also available through UH Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). CAPS promotes the well-being of the diverse campus community by balancing high quality mental health services and clinical training with accessibility to foster student success through self-discovery, learning and interpersonal engagement. CAPS believes that the mental health of students is a vital component of their academic, personal, and professional success. CAPS is able to provide emotional and psychological support for students who may be experiencing a range of emotions, including fear, shock, anxiety, sadness, helplessness, and/or anger. After business hours, CAPS is available to you 24/7 by calling the main number at 713.743.5454 to be connected to an after-hours counselor. CAPS is located at Student Services Center 1, Room 226.
The Urban Experience Program (UEP) in the UH Division of Student Affairs complements the larger mission of the University of Houston by expanding opportunities for the university's diverse student population by preventing minor obstacles from becoming major setbacks to degree achievement. The priority at UEP is to help students thrive by offering a variety of services that students need to get the most out of their college experience and prepare for a successful future. The UEP Office is located in Student Service Center 1, Bldg., 524, Room 302; email: UEPUH@central.uh.edu; phone 713-743-6032.
Youth Empowerment Alliance (YEA) is an immigrant youth led organization at the University of Houston that aims to improve the present reality faced by undocumented students by being their voice in and out of campus.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) provides workshops, programs, student leadership opportunities, and safe space environments to promote cross-cultural communication and culturally-responsive practices that help diverse communities connect. CDI is located in the Student Center South, Suite B12; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion along with a committee of students, faculty and staff created the DREAMzone Ally Training modeled after Arizona State University’s DREAMzone Training. The workshop educates the University of Houston community about the undocumented student experience, discusses the challenges that undocumented students and their families may face, and provides local and national resources that assist undocumented students through their collegiate journey. The goal of this training is to create a more inclusive campus environment for undocumented students who are often considered an invisible population.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
12:00pm – 1:00pm, Student Center South: Bayou City
This workshop will provide participants with the relevant knowledge, skills and resources that will help them to better support the needs of the UH undocumented student population.
If DACA is permanently rescinded/eliminated how would I obtain work in the country and in my field? Is obtaining my degree worthwhile?
Answer: Obtaining a work permit – and finding a job in any field – is an issue which is fact dependent on each individual’s situation. However, a University of Houston degree is an indication of the education that a student has received, which maintains its value throughout your life.
Does rescinding DACA affect my status as a student receiving in-state tuition?
Answer: No. UH will continue to provide in-state tuition for Texas DREAMers that qualify which is essentially based on one’s residency status. As a public university, UH opens its doors to all individuals, and accepts for admission those students who meet the academic qualifications. Indeed, diversity is one of the cornerstones of a UH education. As part of that foundation, UH embraces and encourages DACA students and provides opportunities that have been and remain available under state law.
Should faculty or administrative staff inquire about a student’s immigration status?
Answer: Generally, no. The very limited exception to this inquiry is if the faculty or administrative staff member works in a capacity to assist DACA students or otherwise assist with immigration questions and the student asks for information or assistance.
Who do I contact if I feel my rights are being violated on campus?
Answer: If you are concerned that your rights are being violated, you can file a report with the UH Office of Equal Opportunity Services (EOS), which processes and investigates all complaints regarding protected classes and Title IX protocols. To inquire or file a complaint, please contact EOS to set up an appointment or visit the EOS office in person. The EOS Office is located in Student Service Center 2, Bldg. 526; email: EOS@uh.edu; phone 713-743-8835.
Additionally, you can file a report with the Fraud & Non-Compliance Hotline by logging on to their website, or calling 1-800-461-9330 to make a report 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The call center supports more than 300+ languages.
The University of Houston embraces diversity and recognizes our responsibility to foster an open, welcoming environment where students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds can collaboratively learn, work and serve. We value the academic, social, and broader community benefits that arise from a diverse campus and are committed to equity, inclusion and accountability. Diversity enriches our university community and is a driving force instrumental to our institutional success and fulfillment of the university’s mission. We commit to engaging in an ongoing dialogue to thoughtfully respond to the changing realities of our increasingly interconnected world. We will continually strive to work together to address the challenges of the future in a way that removes barriers to success and promotes a culture of inclusivity, compassion and mutual respect. The competencies gained through diverse experiences across campus prepare all of our students, staff and faculty to thrive personally and professionally in a global society.