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Know Your Rights

Even as non-US citizens or permanent residents, international students and scholars are entitled to certain US constitutional rights and protections while in the United States. We recommend that you consult the information resources provided below so that you can educate yourself in the event you come into contact with a police officer or by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). At all times, international students and scholars should contact an International Center advisor with any questions about their non-immigrant visa status and for assistance in seeking additional information regarding their legal rights while in the US.

Please note that the information provided on this page does not constitute legal advice but is intended for information purposes.

Participating in a Protest?

The United States has a long tradition of speaking out publicly against opinions, policies or politics you may disagree with.  Peaceful protest and demonstration are protected rights in the First Amendment of the US Constitution.  The First Amendment applies to international visitors who participate in public demonstrations or peaceful protests.

Tufts on Gatherings, Protests and Demonstrations

While peaceful protests are a protected right, please be sure you review Tufts Community Standards.  Protests on university campuses, including Tufts, have played an historic role, sometimes bringing about important changes.  Please be sure, before participating, that you understand what is allowed at Tufts.  You can review the Trustees Declaration on Freedom of Expression at Tufts as well.

Campus Resources

Other Resources

Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Know your rights

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

  • Know Your Rights handouts (multiple languages) explaining your rights in the event you are visited by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at home, in a public space, or at your place of employment.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Immigrant Defense Project

Additional Resources