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July
2020
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15:08 PM
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Update: Statement on federal reversal of rule impacting international students

Ohio State had signed on to an amicus brief opposing the rule

July 14 Editor’s Note: Ohio State University Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron and Dr. Hal Paz, executive vice president and chancellor for health affairs at Ohio State and CEO of the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, have issued a statement in response to the federal government’s Tuesday reversal of a rule that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online.

The Ohio State University is encouraged that the federal government will be maintaining flexibility for international students to continue their education this fall. Our international students are a vital part of our vibrant academic community, and Ohio State is committed to supporting their contributions to every discipline.

July 10 Editor’s Note: Ohio State has signed on to an amicus brief filed today on behalf of 180 Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration member colleges and universities in support of the Harvard/MIT lawsuit challenging the ICE Student and Exchange Visitor Program rules barring online-only study for international students in the United States.

Ohio State University Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron and Dr. Hal Paz, executive vice president and chancellor for health affairs at Ohio State and CEO of the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, voiced their opposition to new federal rules impacting international students. McPheron and Paz delivered the following joint message on July 9:

The Ohio State University disagrees with the federal guidance issued this week by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement about the autumn 2020 semester. We are committed to our international students and will work to develop a solution that ensures that students who attend our campuses can successfully complete their academic work this autumn.

Ohio State will offer in-person, online and blended courses to provide all students with a variety of options that also support the university’s plan for health and safety.

The latest ICE guidance will limit international students’ flexibility. These changes have the potential to create barriers to education for international students in every discipline. During a global pandemic, we support the expansion of educational opportunities to allow international students to pursue their studies in the United States, including fully online learning.

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