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Support for our international students
Author: Stephen Percy and Susan Jeffords
Posted: July 8, 2020

Dear PSU Community:

Federal guidance announced earlier this week will create unnecessary and punitive impacts on international students at PSU and across the country. The proposed action from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security prohibits foreign students from remaining in the United States if they are enrolled in exclusively online or remote courses. The abrupt change ignores the realities of the global pandemic and is yet another ill-timed and ill-conceived attack on our international students.

The international community at PSU is nearly 1,200 strong and they are an essential part of our academic and research excellence. These undergraduate and graduate students fuel innovation, foster cultural richness and bring the world to our campus and our community. We stand by these students as they are again asked to endure an uncertain and stressful future.

We have asked our congressional delegation to join us in rejecting and working to reverse this decision, and we will continue to work with university leaders across the nation to halt this egregious threat to deport many of these talented students. More than one million international students study at universities across the United States, contributing more than $40 billion to the nation's economy last year alone. 

The Office of Academic Affairs is working closely with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS) to identify strategies to support international students should the rule changes go into effect. Affected students were already contacted and will be provided regular updates. If you have additional questions, we encourage you to contact OISSS.

Sincerely,

Stephen Percy
President

Susan Jeffords
Provost