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Reported ICE request for UM-Dearborn library room reservation

August 16, 2019

UM-Dearborn’s student newspaper, Michigan Journal, reported on August 15, that according to an anonymous source, ICE contacted the university’s Mardigian Library requesting a room reservation. According to the story, the request was denied based on library policy to not reserve or rent space to external organizations (regardless of organization).

The article included a statement that UM-Dearborn was a sanctuary campus. The article also included a list of steps students, faculty and staff should take if ICE were to visit campus.

After investigation, the university has confirmed that U.S. Border and Customs Department contacted the library for a room reservation for a training session. The request was denied, per the policy reported in the article.

All three University of Michigan campuses are not sanctuary campuses. University policy on this subject can be reviewed here.

The campus policy regarding ICE is to have them work directly with UM-Dearborn Police and Public Safety (DPPS). DPPS works closely with local, state and federal agencies on a regular basis. UM-Dearborn will comply with all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations.

University administration has been in touch with the Michigan Journal regarding the errors in the story, which have been corrected.

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