July 8, 2020
Dear Data Science, Faculty, Staff and Students
Recent instructions from US government regarding eligibility requirements for foreign students to enter and/or stay in the US have understandably caused significant anxiety among our foreign students and their academic advisors resulting in a flood of inquiries fielded to our faculty and staff. In response, the university leadership has made the case for continuity of studies even as we strive to comply to county and state guidance on combating the growing health emergency by restricting campus gatherings.
The International Students & Program Office (ISPO) is tasked with the implementation of Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) at UC San Diego. I enclose their latest guidance as of Tuesday, July 7 that outlines how university seeks to address different groups of new and continuing foreign students. In short, the SEVP plans to issue I-20 documentation outlining the hybrid nature of our planning campus opening in fall quarter with explicit declaration that “the school is not operating entirely online, that the student is not taking an entirely online course load for the Fall 2020 quarter, and that the student is taking the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree program.” We anticipate this approach to address concerns in this regard for majority of our students. For more details please see below.
This guidance may change should there be a change in university’s planned opening in the Fall quarter or any further regulations or clarifications from US government agencies. Despite the challenges ahead, please be assured that we remain committed to serving the needs of all our students, and will continue to provide timely updates, guidance and support as the situation continues to unfold.
Please note the following webinars scheduled by ISPO:
- Continuing Graduate Students: TUES 07/14 4:30 PM PST
- Continuing Undergraduate Students & Families: WED 07/15 4:30 PM PST
- Newly Admitted Graduate Students: FRI 07/17 4:30 PM PST
- Newly Admitted Undergraduate Students & Families: MON 07/20 4:30 PM PST
If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to HDSI student affairs, or to the institute leadership.
Dr. Rajesh Gupta