The University of Iowa

Iowa State and Iowa lose visiting scholars following Trump ban

February 1st, 2017
A student walks past the Campanile on the Iowa State University campus in Ames on Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2015. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

By Vanessa Miller, The Gazette

Two visiting scholars from overseas who planned to be on the University of Iowa and Iowa State University campuses this semester are no longer coming after running into obstacles over President Donald Trump’s order temporarily banning immigration from seven countries.

The UI visiting scholar was supposed to arrive on a J-1 visiting scholar visa from Iran, but was blocked from making the trip. ISU’s visiting scholar planned to be on campus by Wednesday but has chosen not to come at this time, according to an ISU news release.

UI officials reported Tuesday that one student’s spouse will not be allowed to come here during the ban.

ISU has had two others directly affected by the ban, which went into effect Friday and blocks for at least 90 days citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen and bars for at least 120 days — indefinitely for Syrians — refugees from entering the United States.