MU Chancellor addresses international students
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri addressed international students via email in regards to the guidelines enforced by the Department of Homeland Security Student and Exchange Visitor Program.
Earlier this week, the DHS announced all international students enrolled in universities planning to use online-only instruction will not be allowed to remain in the United States.
In Chancellor Mun Choi's email sent out Wednesday afternoon, he immediately clarified that the "rule does not apply to students enrolled at Mizzou."
The University has offered a blend of in-person and online classes for the upcoming fall semester, so international students will not need to leave the country.
Noting the stress caused by the DHS's latest rule, Chancellor Choi also wrote the "DHS guidance was released without taking into account input the agency received from higher education leaders."
The chancellor also provided a resource page to assist international students with information on travel, enrollment, and housing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We cannot stress enough that at Mizzou, we will always do everything in our power to ensure our international students are supported as vital members of our Tiger family, and that they receive the high-quality education they have come to expect," he wrote.
Along with their own remarks, Mizzou acknowledged their support to statements from the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Universities (AAU).