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ISS Statement on Support over University Break

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Statement from International Student Services on Support over the Extended University Break

October 9, 2020

Dear students,

With the announcement of classes moving online after Thanksgiving and the extended winter break, we want you to know that the university has been planning for how to support international students during this period. Initiatives planned and ongoing include the following:

  • Housing and Food Services will continue to accommodate students living in on-campus housing. This cost is included in your fall and spring charges.    
  • The university will work to keep students with on-campus jobs employed after classes move online, and during the winter break if students wish to remain employed. The International Student Response Task Force, led by CIS Dean Fritzen, is coordinating with campus operations to identify alternate opportunities of employment for students working in departments that might move to reduced operations or whose jobs cannot be performed remotely.
  • The International Student Response Task Force is further leading a fundraising campaign to raise emergency funds for international students with pandemic-related financial challenges.  We will be posting a link to the online application next week.
  • The ISS International Student Programming team in collaboration with Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is planning socially-distanced and virtual programming events to help students stay connected.
  • CIS will be holding an International Student Town Hall to discuss these initiatives and listen to your concerns next Wednesday, October 14, from 2-3:30 pm; please save the date and watch this space for a zoom link.

More information about these initiatives will be made available as plans are finalized and we near the Thanksgiving break. 

We also want to confirm that the university’s move to all online instruction following the Thanksgiving break will not cause any international student, new or continuing, to be out of compliance with their enrollment requirements.

Lastly, if you are planning to travel outside the US between the Thanksgiving holiday and the start of the spring semester, ISS will send another communication out with important information about traveling. Please be sure to check your email regularly, and as always, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.



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