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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:
    1. Lifting of pandemic status designation by the World Health Organization due to COVID-19 (or any other health issues). 
    2. 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.  
    3. Adjustment of CDC advisory from Level 3 (Avoid Nonessential Travel) to Level 1 (Practice Usual Precautions) or 2 (Practice Enhanced Precautions). 
    4. 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.

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