Nearly 60 U.S. universities filed a brief supporting Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in their effort to stop the Trump administration from enforcing new visa guidelines that would bar some worldwide students from entering and staying in the country to attend college.
While NU's campuses will be open for in-person, on-campus instruction this fall, university leaders are expressing their full support for global students not just in Nebraska, but across the country, according to NU System President Ted Carter. Although Notre Dame will be holding classes in-person this fall, the injustice of the policy compelled the University to join the brief.
In March, the attorneys general argue, ICE issued guidance to students and education institutions saying that because of the ongoing pandemic, students on M-1 and F-1 visas would get exemptions to fulfill their coursework "for the duration of the emergency".
Iowa City joined 25 other cities and counties in filing an amicus brief opposing the recent announcement that worldwide students will have to leave the US if their university is offering virtual-only instruction. Universities throughout the U.S. including Harvard and MIT are looking to opt for a completely online mode of classes considering the public safety issues for the following semester.
There are more than a million foreign students at United States colleges and universities, and many schools depend on revenue from foreign students, who often pay full tuition.
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Also last week, the state of California sued the Trump administration over the new policy, and USC announced it would offer free in-person classes to help worldwide students avoid being forced out of the country.
ICE announced last week it would revoke the special provision that allowed foreign students to take all courses online during the spring semester just as some schools began to unveil hybrid reopening plans.
The announcement read, "students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States".
"This heartless policy interferes with colleges' ability to do what's best for their students, faculty and staff and could lead to universities rushing to reopen despite public health guidance", wrote Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein.