Restrictions Rescinded for International Students Enrolling in Online Courses

Dear Campus Community,

Although it has been a tough week for our international students and our entire UCI community, it was great to see the news today of the announcement made in U.S. District Court that restrictions related to international students taking classes online have been rescinded. This latest update returns to the status quo established by the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program in March, which allows international students to enroll in a fully online course of study and remain legally in the U.S., due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We realize that so many of you experienced undue stress related to this issue. We are grateful to the numerous staff, faculty and students who worked around the clock this past week to file our own lawsuit, support our students and develop contingency plans.

We hope this update will be welcome news as we move toward the upcoming fall quarter. We are still awaiting guidance on additional details, particularly around incoming students. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as appropriate.

UCI is committed to the success and well-being of all of our students, and we are grateful to have international students in our community. Should you need additional resources during this difficult time, please access the relevant offices below:

Sincerely,

Willie L. Banks Jr., Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs

Gillian Hayes, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of Graduate Division
Robert A. and Barbara L. Kleist Professor, Informatics