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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 studying at CCU on visas.
  • 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 2021. 

  • Deliver 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 U.S. to evaluate whether an online program of study is possible for Fall 2021, or assist the student to defer admission or return for a later semester as appropriate.

Establish and communicate to the campus community adjustments to resumption of travel during COVID, as well as processes for such travel, both domestic and international.  

  • As of June 16, 2021, University-sponsored domestic travel may be requested through the normal departmental channels, following those departmental processing requirements, submission and approval of a Travel Authorization by the appropriate channels. This means that all domestic travel, research and other, will return to regular processing. No Research Resumption Plans or additional travel risk committee reviews are required.
  • International travel may be requested by submitting the International Travel Request document (also located on Forms page) to the authorizing department for initial approval and then to globalengagement@coastal.edu for review by the International Travel Risk Management Group for recommendation, followed by final decision by the respective vice president, before any Travel Authorization is completed.

Further details of the application and review processes adaptations; resources to support healthy, safe, and secure travel; and University support for its travelers are provided via coastal.edu/globalinitiatives/travel

  • All University travelers are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 before travel.
  • Attestations for COVID-19 testing or vaccination are no longer required for any travel.
  • Faculty and staff travelers should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms before, during, and post-travel. Should the traveler experience COVID-19 symptoms or be in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, the traveler should immediately follow the employee protocol as provided at https://www.coastal.edu/hreo/covid-19/.
  • In addition, local destinations or transportation services may require COVID testing or vaccination to enter/use the services, and therefore travelers must remain aware of, and compliant with, these requirements and restrictions. Resources to help travelers remain aware of these changing restrictions and requirements are provided at coastal.edu/globalinitiatives/travel.
  • If a traveler tests positive for COVID-19 in the 72-hour window before departure, the traveler must not travel, should immediately isolate, follow the Employee and Supervisor COVID Protocolor Student COVID Reporting Protocol (covid@coastal.edu), and contact the department sponsoring the travel to cancel arrangements to work to recover expenses paid or committed.
  • All University travelers are also expected to follow COVID guidelines of the University as well as all conveyances and jurisdictions to and through which they travel. Additional information and resources to support full awareness of these restrictions are provided at coastal.edu/globalinitiatives/travel.
  • International scholars and international visiting lecturers are now able to be requested as permitted by the campus visitor protocols in Phase 2.

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