The Student and Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) announced on Monday that it intends to issue a Temporary Final Rule governing F-1 visa students for the fall 2020 semester. The new rule will be different than the temporary exemption regarding online classes that SEVP issued in the spring. Scripps College is concerned about the negative impact of these changes on our international students and we are discussing ways we can ensure their ability to continue their education whether in the United States or abroad.
The Claremont Colleges Presidents, Academic Deans, and Student Deans are collaborating to develop a consortial solution that allows international students maximum flexibility to choose whether to enroll in-person or online. Scripps College values the contributions of our international students and providing alternative options is among our highest priorities as we navigate the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic and its impact on our community. The College will provide guidance to international students as more information about the new rule becomes available and we determine what is required for compliance.
In the meantime, we encourage international students to contact Dean Gisvold if there is any immediate assistance the College might provide.