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July 9 Covid-19 Student Update

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Recent Announcement by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

UPDATE July 14, 2020: We are very pleased to share that the July 6, 2020 US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) directive that prohibited international students from remaining in the United States in fully online courses was rescinded on July 14, 2020. Should D’Youville need to return to fully remote learning at any point during the fall semester, international students may remain safely in the USA. International students should still be enrolled in at least 3 credits of face-to-face instruction in fall 2020. Please contact Sarah Cockcroft at with any questions.

Like so many of you, we heard with deep concern the July 6 announcement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement regarding limitations on the ability of international students to enroll in online courses while residing in the United States. The ability of international students to study and conduct research at D’Youville is of great importance to us, and the presence of international students on our campus and in our community enriches us all.  We are proud to welcome international students from around the world and across the US-Canadian border.  International students and faculty contribute the vibrant fabric of our academic community.  

Our current environment is a complex one with the COVID19 pandemic challenging us to devise a structure that will ensure that all of our students receive an education that is both safe and effective.  This includes online delivery of some components of programs

In reviewing the latest ruling by ICE, new and continuing international students at D’Youville should not be adversely affected because the campus is offering a combination of online and face-to-face instruction in fall 2020. If you have questions about your personal situation, Sarah Cockcroft at  or 716-829-7874 is eager to offer assistance.  If you are an international student registered for fewer than three credits of face-to-face instruction, please email Stephanie Atti or Ryan Miller in the Student Success Center at for help to revise your schedule. We thank you for your patience and promise to keep you informed of any new rulings or changes to the policy as they become available.

In the meantime, please know that D’Youville joins other colleges and universities across the U.S. to express our opposition to this harmful and ill-timed SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) policy.  At D’Youville, and at universities across the U.S., international students are vital to research, campus life and global engagement.

Please know that we will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that as an international student each and every one of you has the learning and training experience you richly deserve.