Letter Regarding Reversal of ICE Policy on International Students

July 15, 2020

To the UMB Community:
 
It is with great relief that I bring you excellent news, not only for our international students, but for our entire community to which they so richly contribute. Yesterday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reversed a policy that would have forced international students to transfer or leave the country if their universities chose not to hold in-person classes due the coronavirus pandemic.
 
If the administration had not backed down to pressure from the higher education community - including our own University System of Maryland (USM) - this policy would have disrupted lives, damaged the education and career trajectory of thousands of students, and cast a pall across campus communities throughout the country.
 
Please take a moment and read USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman's letter for more information and remember that, although we still have many challenges yet to face in the next few months, now we can face them the way we do it best, together.
 
Sincerely,
 
Roger J. Ward, EdD, JD, MSL, MPA
Interim Provost, Executive Vice President, and Dean of the Graduate School