DACA and Undocumented Student Information

What is DACA?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program created in 2012 that makes use of discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. If you meet certain guidelines, you may request deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. 

IUPUI's Commitment

IUPUI remains unwavering in our commitment to ensuring a welcoming, safe, civil, and inclusive community for all of our students, faculty, and staff members. We recognize that the language used in the recent presidential campaign has created concerns among certain groups, including undocumented students. We want to assure you that regardless of immigration status and other factors, we support all of our students who are important members of this community.


As a public institution bound by federal and state laws, IUPUI, a campus of Indiana University, is able to, and will, take several steps to support all of our students, regardless of immigration status:

  • We respect the privacy of all students equally, in their studies, work, and personal lives, and therefore will only inquire into, record, use, or communicate a person’s immigration status when required by law or when necessary to protect a person’s safety; in particular, we protect the privacy of all student records as required by the Federal Educational Records Protection Act (FERPA).
  • We provide counseling and support to students on immigration-related concerns through the Office of International Affairs. The office can also provide referrals to attorneys on immigration-related legal issues, including attorneys who work for reduced or no fee. Please contact Casey Windhorst in that office at cwindhor@iupui.edu or call (317) 278-6050.
  • We will counsel students about and connect students to available resources for educational and living expenses for which they are legally eligible. Please contact Kim Stewart-Brinston in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at kastewar@iupui.edu or (317) 278-7808.
  • We vigorously investigate and prosecute anyone who threatens, intimidates, or harasses any member of our community, and make special efforts to protect those who are targeted or at risk for physical harm, threats or intimidation. You may report a concern online through the Office of Student Conduct's webportal or by contacting director of the Office of Student Conduct Brian Tomlinson at betomlin@iupui.edu or (317) 278-3421. You may also call the IUPUI Police Department at (317) 274-7911. Of course, call 911 if you face an immediate threat.
  • We will continue and intensify the university’s long-standing advocacy for expanded access to higher education for all Indiana University students living in the United States, including specifically advocating for the continuation of the DACA status and for the equal treatment of such students in all educational programs. Indeed, President McRobbie has just signed the Statement in Support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and our Undocumented Immigrant Students.

At IUPUI, we recognize the absolute necessity of a diverse and inclusive community to an excellent education. All IUPUI students are welcome in our community, regardless of their background or country of origin. With this in mind, we will closely monitor any developments in federal policy on immigration status and the DACA program in particular in the new year.

Hiring an Attorney

You may wish to hire a legal professional to review your case. You should choose one that is a member of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association (AILA). It is the only legal association for immigration attorneys in the United States. IUPUI has compiled a list of AILA Lawyers in the Indiana Chapter offering pro bono (free) or low cost services to DACA Students at Indiana University. Learn more here »

There are many important things to consider when you're looking for an attorney to hire. Learn more about this process here »