Immigration Ban Statement
The following is a statement from Spartanburg Methodist College President Scott Cochran:
Since 1911, Spartanburg Methodist College has provided education and the opportunity for a better life to students from across the state, nation and globe. We believe that access to education is a fundamental human right and stand behind the United Methodist Church’s Social Principles which “recognize, embrace, and affirm all persons, regardless of country of origin, as members of the family of God. We affirm the right of all persons to equal opportunities for employment, access to housing, health care, education, and freedom from social discrimination.”
We also stand with colleges and universities across the country in voicing our sincere hope that the U.S. administration’s recent ban on entry into our country by persons from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen is resolved swiftly. We recognize and believe the security and safety of all Americans is vital; however, we believe it will only be achieved through fair policies which provide freedom and opportunity for all.
Spartanburg Methodist College will continue to live its mission to transform lives by providing a values-oriented, student-centered atmosphere in the Christian tradition and to carry out our vision of teaching, learning and caring for any and all persons who seek an education here.