Yesterday, we learned that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has indicated that it will issue a temporary rule in the next few weeks that would expel or block entry to international students whose course of study is entirely online for the Fall semester. This is a deeply concerning development for students, colleges and universities across the country, and public health and safety. We recognize the anxiety this news has caused and we want to let you know that we are doing everything possible to ensure that all New School students can continue their programs unimpeded. 

Students from around the globe are a vital part of this academic community and we are unwavering in our commitment to those from outside the U.S. who choose to learn, explore, and create at The New School. We are working closely with elected officials, the Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities in New York (CICU), and national associations to ensure that any final rule reflects these important concerns.

University students are already working hard to stay focused, optimistic, and goal-oriented in the unusually difficult circumstances precipitated by this global pandemic. This is a time when flexibility and support from universities and government agencies is crucial. We all need to be doing everything we can to help students stay on track and continue their academic progress. 

Our decision to conduct classes online this fall was made out of a prevailing sense of responsibility to prioritize community health and safety, based on the best federal, state, and local guidance available to us. It is important that any federal policy change respect such prudence, protect the important educational needs of international students, and avoid causing additional, serious challenges for colleges and universities as well as our nation’s ability to attract and retain great global talent. That said, we are going to be looking at every possible alternative to support our students in a safe and responsible way. We stand in support of our international students and will continue to keep you updated. 

Dr. Dwight A. McBride, President and University Professor
— Tim Marshall, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs