Approve Zero Credit hour In-Person Course for International Students

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Approve Zero Credit hour In-Person Course for International Students

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Andres Resto started this petition to Chancellor Robert J. Jones and

Campus Enrichment Proposal

The University of Illinois at Urbana Campaign is missing a campus enrichment course that allows students to enroll in a class to ensure that their presence on campus can self reflected upon. We wish to add to the History department in college of Liberal Arts and Sciences a Campus Enrichment course immediately for the upcoming academic year.

The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign states, 

"This [2019] Fall we welcomed an all-time campus record of 3,360 new international students,
... second highest the campus has ever seen, with Fall 2019’s number of 10,610 topped only by Fall 2017’s 10,834. Graduate students account for approximately 52.5% (5,572) of this international enrollment, outnumbering undergraduate students for a second consecutive year. Undergraduate students make up 47.5% (5,038) of the international student enrollment, which means both populations are over 5,000 for the fourth consecutive year

Our students represent 113 countries, with 87% of students coming from Asia which is consistent with recent years. The top five countries of origin remain the same as last year and are China (5,738), India (1,483), South Korea (917), Taiwan (391), and Indonesia (137). Of specific note this year is the continued growth in students from the continent of Africa, which is up 35% over the past two years"

 

The University of Illinois would lose an enormous part of its culture and enrollment without its international students. Recently, ICE has set restrictions on immigration for international students threatening suspension of their F-1 and M-1 visas if courses are to be strictly online or be taken online. With uncertainty, students might be sent back if larger waves or peaks come from this pandemic. Deportation and emigration would result in transnational contact resulting in greater risk of spread of Covid-19. We need a course to run the whole year that can be identified as an in-person class that all students can take to enroll as an in-person student.

 

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This petition is not for the removal of laws set or restrictions set by ICE. ICE is difficult to work with. We must work around smartly.

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