Texas College Rejecting Applications of Nigerian Students Due to Ebola Fears

Navarro College in Texas has rejected applications for at least two students that are said to hail from Nigeria due to fears of Ebola.

The two year community college has a campus that is roughly 60 miles from Dallas where the recent U.S. cases of Ebola have been reported. Navarro College has confirmed the rejection of the applications and in a letter states 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.”

Kamorudeen Abidogun is a Texas resident that is originally from Nigeria states that he received  two letters that were meant for his family members that are currently in Nigeria. Relatives of Abidogun used his address in Richmond, Texas as a U.S. mailing address in hopes of gaining admittance to the college.

CNBC.com received an email from Navarro’s vice president for Access and Accountability, Dewayne Gragg, which states:

“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.”

The email goes on to says, “As part of our new honors 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 we may have shared with students. Additional information regarding our progress with this new initiative will be posted on our website.”

Students that have been rejected from Navarro College that were in receipt of the letters stating Ebola as a factor have taken to Twitter with thoughts of discrimination and anger. The letter received by applicants doesn’t exactly jive with what Gragg is stating in his email, however.

The college’s website does mention the virus on the admissions page, but any reference to a policy of not admitting those from countries with Ebola is oddly missing.

When pressed for further information about this glaring omission, Gragg states that “the prior email speaks for itself.”

The students that were rejected are said to live in the city of Ibadan, in Oyo State, Nigeria. Ibadan is located about 80 miles from Lagos and hasn’t had any reports of new Ebola cases since September 8.

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