Every U.S. presidential transition brings changes to federal policy that affect virtually all of us. Each of the links below provides helpful resources, including information about—and the significant implications of—some of the policy changes that most impact members of our community. The information will be updated when changes occur.

Updated March 16, 2017

On March 15, 2017, a federal judge issued a nation-wide order preventing President Trump’s new travel ban from taking effect on March 16, 2017.  The travel ban issue remains complex and evolving.  Therefore, we recommend that all international students, faculty, and staff consult with an immigration law expert before traveling internationally. To arrange a consultation with the college’s outside immigration counsel, please contact General Counsel Lisa Rutherford at lrutherford@amherst.edu.


For more information about the March 7th executive order, see this Fact Sheet and QandA from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (Read President Biddy Martin's response.)


The White House - link to Immigration information

Immigration Enforcement

Educational, legal, regional and on-campus information and resources for undocumented and DACAmented students, and current relevant updates regarding travel bans.

Campus Contacts

We encourage you to drop-in, call or email with any concerns or questions.

Lisa H. Rutherford

Chief Policy Officer and General Counsel

105-A Converse Hall

Mimi Odgers

Asst to the Chief Student Affairs Officer & Dean of Students

202 Converse Hall