By now, you have probably encountered multiple communications about the newStudent and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidance. This new guidance, to quote NYU President Hamilton and Provost Fleming, is "arbitrary, callous, and lacks any educational rationale or merit." I want to make sure you have seen the latest on this, including:
- The memo from NYU's Office of Global Services (OGS)
- The full statement from NYU President Andrew Hamilton
- My earlier note to our entire student community
What actions are we taking?
I also want to reassure you that we at NYU, and specifically at Tandon, are moving swiftly to make sure our international students are protected in light of this policy.
- Examining fall semester courses: NYU and Tandon will be operating under a blended/hybrid model. We will ensure that our international students who are in New York, or who choose to come, have enough options to be in compliance. We have already been and are continuing to work to add more in-person components to courses to make sure any student who wants to can take an in-person course. This is still a work-in-progress that will continue in the coming days. If you are an international student and concerned that you are unable to register for an in-person or blended course, please let us know via this form so we can update you once this process has been complete in Albert.
- Applying pressure to Congress: NYU President Andrew Hamilton has written a strongly worded statement to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Congress condemning this latest move.
- Joining forces with fellow institutions to decry these policies: In addition to outreach to lawmakers, NYU is working directly with our colleagues at the Association of American Universities (AAU) and American Council on Education (ACE) to pursue other legal and advocacy options to mitigate the impact of these policies, including filing an amicus brief in support of litigation against the rules.
It's important to note that students who are registered for "Go/Start Local" should not be affected by these new policies.
To our international students: I want to reinforce how valued you are to us at NYU and, more specifically, to our entire community. Collectively as engineers and technologists, we have the responsibility and opportunity to solve the most pressing and intractable challenges facing society. We absolutely cannot do that without the vibrant, diverse, global perspective and experiences that you bring.
Personally, as someone who came to this country as an international student myself and was able to create a dynamic life and career here, there are few things more sacred to me than protecting the right to pursue the American Dream. When we talk about being Born Anywhere, Made in Brooklyn, we're not just recognizing that we have all found a common home for our aspirations here; we are proudly celebrating the diversity that makes our community thrive. We are deeply disturbed by any restrictions on our international students' ability to get the best possible education and to contribute their immense potential to our school, university, nation, and world. We are all better off for their success here.
In the meantime, if you are an international student with specific questions about how this impacts you and your decision-making for the fall, I urge you to reach out to the Office of Global Services via email at email@example.com or schedule an appointment with an OGS advisor. We will also continue to communicate with all of you as often as necessary to keep you updated on new developments and expanded options, and will continue to update the Tandon Your Way page with the latest information and FAQs.
Dean Jelena Kovačević