At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Walter Leal, a UC Davis distinguished professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the College of Biological Sciences, realized it was in the public’s best interest to have access to the medical experts at UC Davis. Given the state’s stay-at-home orders, he decided to organize and host virtual COVID-19 public awareness symposiums featuring colleagues and longtime collaborators as panelists and guest speakers.
Greetings and welcome again to UC Davis! You have worked very hard to get here and we are proud to welcome you as part of our Global Aggies community. There are countless ways for you to learn from expert faculty, take your interests and skills to the next level, and form lifelong friendships. We are committed to making you feel as welcome and at home as possible and we are here to support you, whether you are in the U.S. or your home country to start.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security published new guidance for the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program related to online courses for fall 2020 that concerns students on F-1 nonimmigrant visas. This is concerning to us and UC Davis is working with the University of California Office of the President to determine the best way to support international students.
Yesterday (July 14), the University of California Office of the President confirmed that the Trump administration has canceled its plans to adopt and enforce new Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidelines and related FAQs for fall 2020, which were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on July 6 and July 7, respectively. At this time, we are analyzing what this reversal means to UC Davis international students, but we are hopeful that this decision to not move forward with the guidelines adds more stability as you plan for fall. We remain committed to supporting you and will update this webpage with guidance as soon as we have more information to share.
We are writing to share our sincere concern, empathy, and commitment to action related to the new guidelines for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) published July 6, by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Please be assured our entire campus and the entire University of California system remains committed to supporting you and we are here to help. We are heartened by the influx of messages we have been receiving in support of you from students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members, and more.
On July 6, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published new guidelines for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, or SEVP, that impacts thousands of our international students at UC Davis. Like our colleagues across campus and throughout the University of California system, we are deeply concerned by these new guidelines as they are an abrupt departure from the Homeland Security guidance provided for spring and summer 2020 and they run counter to our values at UC Davis. In fact, these guidelines are cruel and thoughtless. We want to assure you that UC Davis remains committed to supporting our international students and scholars who add enormously to the excellence that puts us amongst the world’s leading research and teaching institutions.
UC President Janet Napolitano and UC Davis administrators have issued statements regarding the announcement Monday (July 6) by the federal government that it would bar nonimmigrant international students from staying in the country during the pandemic if their class schedules consist entirely of online instruction.