Message to Faculty and Staff—Supporting Our International Students (July 7, 2020)

To my faculty and staff colleagues,
 
I am sure you saw yesterday’s news that the US government issued guidance foreshadowing rules regarding the status of nonimmigrant students who hold F-1 and M-1 visas with respect to both online courses and residence at schools that offer either hybrid or fully remote models.
I have pasted below the note that I sent to our international students last night. We began work yesterday with our lawyers to understand the specific issues and the constraints this places on our students, and to develop the best plan possible to support them.  
 
While there is more we need to learn, if you have students who have come to you with questions please feel free to have them get in touch with Khoa Khuong, our dean who works with international students.
 
We will keep you up to date.
 
Thank you.
 
Clayton



To our international students,
 
As many of you know, this afternoon the US government, specifically the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), issued new guidance regarding the status of nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 visa holders and online classes. These new rules appear to affect students at many colleges and universities in this country, including here at Bowdoin.
 
I am writing to let you know that, along with our outside advisors, a number of us are at work to understand this guidance and to create the best plan possible to support you. As I said in my note to you last week, I know that this is an extremely challenging and stressful time for you, and today’s news adds further to this burden. We will keep you informed about what we learn and as a plan is developed to support you. In the meantime, please reach out to Dean Khuong, others in the dean of students office, or counseling if you would find it helpful to talk with someone about the challenges and issues you are facing. 
 
All the best,
 
Clayton