Create 1 guaranteed in-person class for International Students at St. Lawrence University

Create 1 guaranteed in-person class for International Students at St. Lawrence University

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Yesterday, July 6th, 2020, ICE announced that all F-1 visa holders (all student visas) will have to leave the United States and have their visas revoked if they are unable to attend at least one in-person class this Fall semester, despite many colleges opting for a fully online semester or academic year. This also comes with the condition that this class will be an in-person class for the entire semester, and if at any point becomes an online class, and international students are unable to fulfill their one in-person class requirement, they will be deported. This decision puts tremendous strain on international students and prevents many of us from making plans as to how to go about this coming academic year (or the future of our studies) as we may be deported at any time in the semester. 

We are asking St. Lawrence University to develop one class exclusively for international students that will be guaranteed to be an in-person class for the entire semester; and, if need be, that this class can be added as a 5th credit and free of charge. This would guarantee that all international students will be able to fulfill their visa requirement and continue their education in the United States without the constant stress that they may have to withdraw from their education and leave the country. It would also ensure that international students do not have to forfeit credits or classes that they need for their intended degree.

St. Lawrence University's student body is over 20% international students and in 2018, the university received the NAFSA Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. Needless to say, this should be a high priority for the university's.