Declare HYBRID Classes for Fall 2020 to Save CUNY International Students from Deportation.

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The U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced on July 6th, 2020 that nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States. 

There are about 9000 international students in the City University of New York and they contribute about 50 million dollars of revenue in tuition alone. These students pay taxes when they work and contribute to the growth of the American economy.

The new rule will impact international students negatively in many ways, some of which includes;

1. Limited access to technology/internet in their home countries (especially developing countries), therefore, not all students are able to take online classes from back home.

2. Timezone is different for many countries. Students who have classes in the morning EST might be taking a class in the middle of the night (of a different timezone) from their home country.

3. ICE did not consider that these students, especially current students in the U.S invested a lot (emotionally, financially, and academically) to be here and it will be difficult for many of them to travel back home in this current state of the world.

4. ICE did not consider how these students could get access to the library, counseling, and tutoring resources, and it was not specified if students will pay the full tuition rates.

ICE also mentioned that "Nonimmigrant F-1 students attending schools adopting a hybrid model—that is, a mixture of online and in-person classes—will be allowed to take more than one class or three credit hours online..." Therefore, in order to save CUNY international students from facing deportation as per ICE's order, the Board of Trustees has to declare a "HYBRID" class for the Fall 2020 semester.

The Board of Trustees should also put out a statement that mentions that CUNY is not going to operate entirely online in Fall 2020.

Please sign this petition to support CUNY international students in getting their voices heard.