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

UofMichigan: 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. 

University of Michigan is home to international students from "120+ countries, representing a highly diverse global community." As Michigan's current plan for Fall 2020 outlines that "In general, small classes will continue to meet in person, but larger lecture classes will be delivered remotely," Michigan 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 that are forced to return to their home country face many risks while travelling. They may face 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 Michigan 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 to create stability for all members of the Michigan 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 the international students both from the pandemic itself and from unjust deportation in the midst of this pandemic. Credit to Maya Canady and her Emory petition for this petition as well. Sign that one too. It only takes 10 seconds!