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Support for our International Students

Date: July 9, 2020
From: Dean Alexis Abramson

Dear Thayer community,

Yesterday, Dartmouth shared its public statement on the US Department of Homeland Security's recent modifications to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) The SEVP modifications state that students holding F-1 and M-1 visas attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States. This has raised alarm and questions for members of our community, in particular our international students.

I want to underscore Thayer School's support for our international student community and to affirm that we stand with Dartmouth in opposition to this new guidance, which is antithetical to Thayer's culture of open collaboration and our mission of attracting the most talented students and scholars from across the world. At Thayer, we know that the path to innovation and uncovering solutions for the world's most pressing challenges have no boundaries.

This coming academic year and across our various programs, Thayer will be requiring specific in-person components for many of our classes. Our school is not operating entirely online. Nonetheless, the College’s senior leadership is exploring the potential ramifications of these new federal provisions and is working to address potential issues. Please know that I remain committed to providing the necessary support and resources to our international students at this challenging time. Please refer to Dartmouth’s Office of Visa and Immigration Service for periodic updates on the SEVP guidance and other federal immigration developments.

As this is an evolving situation, we will provide more additional updates as we know more.


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