MSU : create a 1-credit in-person class option for int'l students to stay in the US

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On July 6, 2020, ICE issued an order that requires F-1 visa (non-immigrant) students at hybrid-Fall-plan institutions to take at least one in-person class to remain in the U.S. ICE may deport or deny entry to students who don’t take at least one in-person class. 

Michigan State University is home to international students from "at least 50 countries" and suggests that international students make up around 13.7% of their student body. As Michigan State's current plan for Fall 2020 outlines that "faculty members are working to put about half of their classes online and another quarter of their classes to a hybrid model" Michigan State would fall under the hybrid model. This hybrid model qualifies for exemption 3 of the ICE Student and Exchange Visitor Program regulations. 

“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. These schools must certify to SEVP, through the Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status,” certifying that the program is not entirely online, that the student is not taking an entirely online course load this semester, and that the student is taking the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree program. The above exemptions do not apply to F-1 students in English language training programs or M-1 students pursing [sic] vocational degrees, who are not permitted to enroll in any online courses.”

International students who are forced to return to their home country face risks while traveling as well as barriers to learning -- time zone differences, internet content restrictions, unreliable Wi-Fi, and political instability -- that they otherwise may not face in the U.S. 

We, the Spartan community, DEMAND that a one-credit in-person class available only to international students is created. We ask that the class be graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis, and that attendance is not required. International students that enroll in this class will be eligible to stay in the U.S In these uncertain times, we must ensure that we do all that we can too create stability for all members of the Michigan State family. Creating this one-credit in-person class gives international students the option to remain in the U.S.

We have a moral duty to protect our students from both the pandemic itself and from unjust deportation in the midst of this pandemic. 

CREDIT TO: MAYA CANADY - see and sign her Emony Petition below:

CREDIT TO: ZACH CORSUN - see and sign his UMICH Petition below:

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