Texas College Rejects Applicants From Africa Due To Ebola Concerns

October 15, 2014  |  

Navarro College is under fire after denying at least two applicants from Nigeria because of the Ebola crisis.

According to NBC News, Kamorudeen Abidogun of Texas, two of his relatives in Nigeria, who were using his home’s mailing address, received rejection letters from Navarro. In the letters, the two-year community college cited confirmed Ebola cases in the country as the reason the students were rejected.

“I received, last weekend, two rejection letters … saying the reason why they were not giving admission was … Ebola,” said Abidogun, who is originally from Nigeria as well.

He went on to say that he is highly disappointed by the school’s cited policy. A portion of the letter, which bears the signature of the college’s international director Elizabeth Pillans reads:

“With sincere regret, I must report that Navarro College is not able to offer you acceptance for the Spring 2015 term. Unfortunately, Navarro College is not accepting international students from countries with confirmed Ebola cases.”


Interestingly, once news of the rejection letters began to spread and requests for comment poured in, Navarro offered a rather different explanation for the students being denied admission.

“Our college values its diverse population of international students. This fall we have almost 100 students from Africa. Unfortunately, some students received incorrect information regarding their applications to the institution,” Navarro’s vice president for Access and Accountability, Dewayne Gragg said in an email to NBC.

“As part of our new honor’s program, the college restructured the international department to include focused recruitment from certain countries each year. Our focus for 2014-15 is on China and Indonesia. Other countries will be identified and recruitment efforts put in place once we launch our new honors program fall 2015. We apologize for any misinformation that may have been shared with students. Additional information regarding our progress with this new initiative will be posted on our website.”

When asked whether or not students had been rejected due to the presence of Ebola in their countries, Gragg replied:

“The prior email speaks for the college.”


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