DACA Resources


Our students, faculty, and staff are essential to the strength of UMB, which is committed to creating a University community where all feel welcome and safe.

During a time of uncertainty surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, students, faculty, and staff may face particular stress and have specific concerns and questions. This page exists to provide information to support students, faculty, and staff whose presence in the United States is undocumented, specifically those with DACA status.

These frequently asked questions (FAQs) are designed to provide information to the University community about DACA. If you still have questions about the effects of DACA, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What is DACA?

On June 15, 2012, the secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and who meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They also are eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is the use of prosecutorial discretion by the Department of Homeland Security to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status. 

How is UMB supporting DACA faculty, staff, and students?

UMB has listed several resources that are available to provide guidance regarding topics such as travel, ability to continue studies, and other issues of concern. UMB will continue to monitor events and refer students to appropriate and available resources at the University and in the community.

What is UMB’s level of cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)?

UMB abides by all federal, state, and local rules and regulations. It is important to know that federal law prohibits hiding evidence, concealing or hiding individuals who are subjects of law enforcement activity, or interfering with an arrest. Immigration status information is self-reported by students when they apply for admission to UMB. With the exception of international students on UMB-sponsored visas, the University does not verify or monitor immigration status. Members of the UMB community, regardless of background, are protected by strong federal privacy statutes.

If a member of the community is approached by law enforcement absent a judicial warrant, subpoena, or court order, UMB personnel are not required to affirmatively assist law enforcement in obtaining access to non-public spaces. Requests for non-public information also require a judicial warrant, subpoena, or court order. Written authorization from the person of interest is another acceptable basis for obtaining access to non-public records and can be done in accordance with applicable UMB policies and procedures. If in doubt, it is appropriate to seek guidance from your supervisor, UMB Police (410-706-6882), or the Office of University Counsel (410-706-5353). 

UMB Resources

Office of the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs
SMC Campus Center
621 W. Lombard St., 3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201


Student Counseling Center
601 W. Lombard St., Suite 440
Baltimore, MD 21201


Employee Assistance Program (UMB Employees)
419 W. Redwood St., Suite 560
Baltimore, MD 21201


Interprofessional Student Learning & Service Initiatives (ISLSI)
SMC Campus Center
621 W. Lombard St., Suite 302
Baltimore, MD 21201


Office of International Services (OIS)
SMC Campus Center
621 W. Lombard St., Suite 302
Baltimore, MD 21201


Office of the Registrar
601 W. Lombard St., Suite 240
Baltimore, MD 21201


External Resources

The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans awards 30 immigrants and children of immigrants each year with up to $90,000 in financial support over two years for graduate programs, in addition to cultivating a lifelong community for fellows once inducted. Read more about the eligibility criteria and the application deadline for the fellowship here.