CSN Supports International Students

Dear CSN Family,

On Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced its final guidance that the agency intends to implement in a few weeks that would ban international students from enrolling in online-only courses this fall. Specifically, this rule would prohibit our nonimmigrant F-1 students from returning to CSN this fall or remaining in the United States if CSN is forced to adopt an online-only model due to COVID-19.

At this point, CSN intends to offer a combination of courses this fall, including both online and in-person instruction. However, we have serious concerns about this new rule because it would prohibit our F-1 students from finishing their semester if our institution must transition to a fully remote learning environment again this fall.

At CSN, we value diversity and believe we are stronger because of that diversity. We are proud to stand with and support our international students. In the spring 2020 semester, we had approximately 345 students enrolled at CSN with a nonimmigrant F-1 visa. We value their contributions and oppose any rule that would discourage them from attending CSN or any of our sister NSHE institutions in the future.

Thank you.

Federico Zaragoza
College of Southern Nevada

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