Statement from CICU President Mary Beth Labate on New Rules Barring International Students from Online Study

News Date: 7/7/2020

This week, ICE announced that international students on F-1 and M-1 visas who attend colleges that are fully remote in the fall will have to either transfer to a college with an in-person component or be deported. Essentially, online-only is not an option for international students. More information can be found here.

The following statement on changes to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program is from CICU President Mary Beth Labate:

“Simply put, this will harm students and communities across New York and is a gratuitous attempt by the Trump Administration to coerce campuses into fully reopening before they are ready to do so and to frighten international students into leaving the country. Forbidding international students from taking online courses at a time when colleges are working to provide flexibility to students will force students to choose between their health and their ability to remain in the United States. If students are forced to abandon their studies and leave the country, the colleges and communities that benefit from their contributions to research and campus life will also suffer. On behalf of New York’s private, not-for-profit colleges and universities, I urge the Department of Homeland Security to rescind this new rule and give all students the ability to continue their studies in the United States while also protecting their health.”