Policy guidance currently exists directing ICE to avoid enforcement actions at sensitive locations, such as our campuses, unless prior approval from an appropriate ICE supervisory official is obtained, or exigent/emergency circumstances exist concerning national security, terrorism, or public safety. Under the policy guidance, sensitive locations include, but are not limited to:
• Schools - such as known licensed daycares, pre-schools and other early learning programs; primary schools; secondary schools; and colleges and universities, including SJCC.
An enforcement action under this policy guidance includes any action taken by ICE. These may include interacting with students, faculty, or staff to apprehend, arrest, interview, or search an individual, or to surveil an individual for enforcement purposes.
what sjcc should do if ice seeks access to campus
• Request for Access to Campus: If a federal immigration enforcement official, such as an ICE agent, requests access to a campus, SJCC personnel should immediately refer the federal official and his/her request to the Office of the President. The Office of the President will, in turn, work with the SJECCD's legal guidance team to make a final determination on whether the request is lawful.
• Request Access to Student Information/Record: Similarly, if a federal immigration enforcement official requests access to a student's information/record, SJCC personnel should immediately refer the federal official and his/her request to the Office of the President. The Office of the President will, in turn, work with SJECCD's legal guidance team to make a final determination on whether the request is lawful.
• Refusal to Follow Protocol by Federal Immigration Enforcement Official: If a federal immigration enforcement official refuses to follow the above-mentioned instruction, the SJCC personnel should immediately call 408-288-3725.
• Reporting the Presence of Federal Immigration Enforcement Officials on Campus: Even where no direct request is made by a federal immigration enforcement official, the SJCC personnel, in addition to students, should immediately call 408-288-3725 to report federal immigration enforcement officials on SJCC property.
do's and don'ts for sjcc personnel/students
• Do immediately notify the Office of the President if a request is made by federal immigration enforcement officials to access a campus or a student's information/record;
• Do immediately notify the Office of the President if you observe the presence of federal immigration enforcement officials on campus;
• If after hours, contact campus police regarding requests made by or the presence of federal immigration enforcement officials on campus.
responsibilities of all employees for student information/records
SJCC will only provide student information to ICE in response to a lawful subpoena as required by law. No requests for information should be made to college staff. Records requests should be directed to the SJCC Office of the President for review by the custodian of record.
SJCC will only request immigration status for purposes of determining residency as it relates to student tuition and fees. Employees are not authorized to release a students' immigration status and are strictly prohibited from disclosing that information except as it relates to international students and the processing of F1 student visas. These procedures are consistent with SJECCD Board rules and are in place to ensure that no student information is released unless authorized by the student or through a lawful subpoena.
Let's continue to be vigilant and supportive of our students as well as mindful of the overall well-being of our diverse community.