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Information on SEVP Broadcast Guidance of July 6, 2020

Posted on: July 14th, 2020 by blair

Please note that SEVP rescinded the widely criticized July 6 guidance discussed below.  Unfortunately the rescission has left us with questions that need answers quickly so that UM can continue to plan course delivery for the fall and properly advise international students.  Advice will be made available to the UM community as soon as SEVP clarifies the applicable fall 2020 semester regulations.

 

Monday, July 6, 2020, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) published a broadcast message titled, “COVID-19 and Fall 2020.”  We understand the confusion and frustration that this new guidance has caused students.  We are here to help support you during this time and put your worries at ease.

The message affects students in F-1 status and gives instructions to schools and students based on the fall instructional plan of their institution. By the definitions in the SEVP broadcast message, the published operational plan of the University of Mississippi falls into the hybrid model which is a mixture of in-person and online classes. 

 Under the hybrid model, students will have a temporary exemption for the fall semester that allows for more than one 3 credit online or remote course, unless you are in a pathway program or language training program. Check your I-20 to see the “Educational Level” listed in the” Program of Study” box to see your classification.  If you are in a pathway program or language training program, you must take all in-person or in some cases, hybrid courses.  

The SEVP guidance does not set a minimum number of classes, so the recommendation is that students cannot be in all remote or online courses, and if there is a choice in format, in-person or hybrid is preferred by SEVP.

It is important to ensure that you have a schedule that meets these requirements. In the university’s coding in my.olemiss.edu, section (in-person) and hybrid classifications mean the class has an in-person component.  You should have at least one in-person or hybrid course in your course schedule.

Thesis and dissertation hours count as in-person hours, so any graduate student with thesis or dissertation hours is compliant with the regulation. 

Many of you have asked and worried about the consequences if the university must move online at any point during the fall semester due to high COVID-19 infection rates.  The University of Mississippi is considered to be operating under a hybrid model according to SEVP’s guidance, and our plan is to remain a hybrid model for the fall semester, as long as we are able to mitigate virus spread with our protocols and the status of our state, system, and community allow it.  Our goal would be to make changes to the delivery format of courses on an individual basis, and we have worked to create a course or course schedule for international students that will enable international students to be certified as having a hybrid schedule for the fall semester.  If you are not enrolled in thesis or dissertation hours, then we will be in contact with you about the course.  You, your status, and your ability to remain here to complete your degrees are critically important to us.  If you have questions about your schedule once you have reviewed it in my.olemiss.edu, please email ipdept@olemiss.edu.

Students in J-1 status also have flexibility with their schedules, and we recommend enrolling in in-person or hybrid if that is offered by your program. Information from the Exchange Visitor Program related to COVID-19 can be found at: https://j1visa.state.gov/covid-19/

Statement of Support during the COVID-19 Crisis

Posted on: April 30th, 2020 by blair

The fear and uncertainty that accompanies widespread illness can lead to many reactions. Members of the university community may have friends and family overseas who are affected and may be anxious or sad about the situation. They may also be overwhelmed by the volume of media coverage, both through news channels and social media.

As a university community known for caring about each other, we all need to be understanding and compassionate toward people who may be affected by the news. We should also be aware of and avoid broad generalizations and assumptions about China and people from Asian countries. Classifying Asian people as dangerous or sick, or making assumptions about a person’s nationality based on their physical appearance, reinforces long-standing histories of xenophobia and racism (whether intentional or not). Please treat all members of our community with respect and empathy as our university and the entire world deals with this challenging and evolving situation.

During this time of heightened anxiety and swift transition for our community, we must reject online behavior that vilifies, demeans, or disrespects others. COVID-19 is not specific to any ethnicity, race, or community. It is important that all members of our community feel included and supported. Students, faculty, and staff who experience bias related to race, national origin, or other protected identity are encouraged to complete a Bias Incident Report Form.

We ask that all members of the UM community be especially vigilant in supporting one another – whether on campus or remote, sick or well, majority or underrepresented – and that they condemn any discriminatory acts or hate speech targeting any identity group or community.

The Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement (CICCE) and Office of Global Engagement (OGE) staffs are available to discuss concerns about COVID-19 bias.

Resources are available and updated at the following link:

Support within the UM community

Additional resources are outlined below:

Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement

662-915-1689

https://inclusion.olemiss.edu/

 

Office of Global Engagement

001-662-915-1618

https://global.olemiss.edu/

 

Division of Diversity & Community Engagement

662-915-2933

https://diversity.olemiss.edu/

 

UMATTER

662-915-7248

https://umatter.olemiss.edu/

 

Office of Conflict Resolution & Student Conduct

662-915-1387

https://conflictresolution.olemiss.edu/

 

University Counseling Center

662-915-3784

http://counseling.olemiss.edu

 

University Police Department

662-915-4911

http://upd.olemiss.edu

 

Staying Successful during COVID-19: https://inclusion.olemiss.edu/staying-successful-during-covid-19/

Coping during COVID-19: https://diversity.olemiss.edu/files/2020/04/Coping-during-COVID-19.pdf