A Texas college is standing by its decision to reject the applications of potential students from countries the government cites as "at risk" for Ebola.

A copy of an Oct. 2 letter from the the director of International Programs at Navarro College, a 2-year public institution in Corsicana, informed an applicant he was denied because he was from a country with confirmed Ebola. The letter sparked controversy in the last few days, and news of the denial has been reported nationwide.

In a statement released Thursday, sent from Vice President of Access and Accountability Dewayne Gragg, the college sticks by its decision to postpone the recruitment of students from "at-risk" nations.

The statement reads in full:

"The safety of all our students and our community is our top concern. We are proud of our robust legacy of attracting and educating international students, including a significant population of Africans. Our African students are important to our educational experience and enrich our campus life here at Navarro College.

The current Ebola epidemic is a fluid, dynamic, unprecedented situation for our country and our school. At this time, we believe it is the responsible thing to do to postpone our recruitment in those nations that the Center for Disease Control and the U.S. State Department have identified as at risk. We will continue to monitor the situation closely. We are eager to resume accepting student applicants from these countries as soon as possible.

We’re sorry that some disagree with our decision, but we believe that at this time, this is the right and responsible action to take for the safety of our students and community."

The college currently has about 90 students from West Africa.

This story provided by The Corsicana Daily Sun.

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