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Assembly Bill 21: Access to Higher Education for Every Student

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

I am writing to notify the UCSF Community about Assembly Bill 21 (2017) (AB 21): Access to Higher Education for Every Student and the procedure in regard to possible immigration enforcement at UCSF locations. While AB 21 is fairly recent, it has long been a goal at UCSF to foster a university environment that is safe and welcoming for all members of our community regardless of immigration status.

For a fuller explanation of UC’s current policies and procedures relating to undocumented members of our community, please see UC’s Statement of Principles in Support of Undocumented Members of the UC Community and Frequently Asked Questions for University Employees about Possible Federal Immigration Enforcement Actions on University Property as well as UCSF Undocumented Student Support Services. For up-to-date information, please visit the UC Office of the President online.

It is important to note that federal immigration agencies can and do enter campuses for non-enforcement activities, which can include recruitment and activities related to normal immigration visa processing. The procedure and information below relate only to immigration enforcement activities.

  1. Notify the Office of Legal Affairs as soon as possible if you are advised that an immigration officer is expected to enter, will enter, or has entered the campus to execute a federal immigration order.
  2. All students, faculty, and staff responding to or having contact with an immigration officer executing a federal immigration order should refer the individual to Chief Campus Counsel Greta Schnetzler, at 415-476-8005, for purposes of verifying the legality of any warrant, court order, or subpoena.
  3. Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff in the Office of Diversity and Outreach – Alejandra Rincónis available as a contact if you are or may be subject to an immigration order or inquiry on campus. Unless permitted by federal and state education privacy laws, she is prohibited from discussing your personal information, including immigration status, with anyone or revealing that personal information.
  4. For more information about your legal rights in an immigration enforcement situation, please consult Managing Attorney Rachel Ray at the UC Immigrant Legal Services Center and this “Know Your Rights Card.”


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor