Dutchess Community College was established on the belief that everyone should have
access to higher education and be given the opportunity to pursue academic and career
goals to the best of their ability. This is an opportunity that we believe includes
all students, regardless of citizenship status or national origin.
If you are an undocumented student or one who is temporarily protected by the Deferred
Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program (also referred to as “Dreamers”), we encourage
you to apply without hesitation. We welcome your participation both in the classroom,
and through involvement in the extracurricular activities offered on campus. Your
contribution will be valued and your perspective will add to the diversity that makes
As a member of the SUNY network of colleges and universities we wholeheartedly support
the position of SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall and Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson as outlined in their statement on the Repeal of DACA, dated September 5, 2017.
At DCC, we will continue to ensure that all of our students are able to attend classes
in an environment that is supportive, free from fear and sensitive to the unique challenges
they may be facing. It is not now – nor has it ever been – our practice to identify
or “track” students by their citizenship status. We will not provide personal information
about our students to immigration officials unless we are ordered to do so by law.*
If you should become a member of the DCC community, rest assured that we will do all
that we can to assist you in achieving your goals during your time on campus and after
Our admission counselors are available to answer any specific questions you may have
regarding the application process. Student Financial Services also can help answer
questions about in-state tuition requirements. You also may qualify for merit scholarships from the DCC Foundation, as the FAFSA requirement is waived for students who are unable to complete it.
We have also provided links to websites that will be helpful in answering general
questions pertaining to DACA immigration policies and who you can contact if you need
To be connected to the DCC Undocumented Student Group or others who can provide assistance
contact Steven Posada, chair of the Dutchess Consortium for Undocumented Students,
at firstname.lastname@example.org; (845) 431-8017 or Taconic Hall 307.
* A 2011 memo from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) designates college
campuses as “sensitive locations,” meaning that enforcement actions (i.e. arrests,
searches, interviews, and surveillance) cannot occur or be focused on college campuses
unless: (a) exigent circumstances exist; (b) other law enforcement actions have led
officers to campus; or (c) prior approval is obtained.