International Students and Programs
Ensure international students physically present on student visas are able to maintain the requirements of their visa status.
- Ensure compliance with shifting immigration regulations is met for all international students.
- Maintain communication with students and CCU departments to support student and campus awareness of regulations and coordinate class schedules that meet requirements.
- Maintain filing status with federal immigration authorities on campus reopening plans, including reporting any adjustment to campus practices to the Department of Homeland Security within 10 days.
- Evaluate and facilitate, as needed, access to on-campus alternative locations for visa-holding international students to participate in live-streaming classes to meet in-person attendance requirements of their visas.
Facilitate adjustments for international students who are unable to re-enter the USA for Fall 2020.
- Deliver appropriately accurate immigration advice and support in documentation/mentoring to each student affected by this disruption so that they remain in compliance.
- Collaborate with campus units to help students who cannot return to the United States to adjust to a fully online schedule for Fall 2020 or to defer admission or return for a later semester.
Establish and communicate to the campus community the timeline, constraints, and recruitment strategies required to reopen education abroad programs.
- Suspend all international travel on behalf of Coastal Carolina University and develop a process for requesting exceptions.
- Continue to work to recover 100 percent of expenditures tied to canceled education abroad program initiatives.
- Reevaluate risk management processes related to international travel.
- Identify and approve framework for conditions tied to return to international travel:
- Lifting of pandemic status designation by the World Health Organization due to COVID-19 (or any other health issues).
- Adjustment of Travel Advisory by US Department of State from Level 4 (Do Not Travel) or Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) to either Level 1 (Exercise Normal Precautions) or 2 (Exercise Enhanced Precautions) for any country to which our students and faculty would be traveling to or through.
- Adjustment of CDC advisory from Level 3 (Avoid Nonessential Travel) to Level 1 (Practice Usual Precautions) or 2 (Practice Enhanced Precautions).
- The ability of all persons on a program to enter focal countries of travel (to or through countries) without a 14-day quarantine requirement must be in place within two weeks of intended travel. Otherwise, the program would be canceled.
- Communicate to proposers of faculty-led programs for 2020-21 that decisions on program proposals will be delayed to early October 2020, as will the decision on whether to offer Spring 2021 long-term education abroad programs.
- Advance information and initiatives on virtual international engagement opportunities.
- Collaborate with human resources and other offices to resume international campus visitors as conditions and campus operating practices permit.