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University of Michigan School of Information


UMSI disagrees with Homeland Security policy affecting international students

Tuesday, 07/07/2020


At the University of Michigan School of Information, we join with many others in higher education to express our strong disagreement with the temporary policy announced July 6 by the Department of Homeland Security, to restrict the educational opportunities for international students. 

UMSI has been in continual contact with U-M's International Center and we have been assured that our Fall 2020 plans for a mixture of in-person, hybrid, and remote instruction will allow UMSI's international students studying on the Ann Arbor campus to continue their desired academic plans. It also allows UMSI students outside the country awaiting visas to take U-M classes fully online.

We concur with the U-M's position that institutions of higher education need to maintain flexibility in how we choose to safely deliver our curricula. Our international students must not be penalized if our best judgments dictate that we need to return to fully remote instruction. We agree with the statement from the Association of American Universities – of which U-M is a member – that calls this policy “immensely misguided and deeply cruel to the tens of thousands of international students who come to the United States every year."  

The School of Information is glad that the University of Michigan is joining with our AAU colleagues and many others in corporations and education to communicate the impact of this new guidance and work with congressional leaders and administration officials to rescind or substantially alter this unnecessary and disruptive policy.


Elizabeth Yakel
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs,
Professor of Information

Laura Elgas
Executive Director of Academic and Student Affairs