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A Message to International Students from Interim Dean Mayo

Dear current and incoming TGS students:
Like you, I was very relieved to learn that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has withdrawn a directive that threatened to deport international students who do not attend in-person classes this fall. This directive was out of touch with the challenges facing international students. I am proud that many Northwestern students, faculty, and staff expressed their opposition to this decision and that the University joined several legal efforts to oppose this directive. This chorus of concern has clearly made an impact.
As Associate Provost for Global Affairs Annelise Riles mentioned in her recent message to international students, the presence and diverse perspectives of our international students are part “of what make Northwestern a great global university.” The Graduate School (TGS) joins University leadership and the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISS) in the steadfast commitment to support and address the concerns of our international students who form an integral part of our Northwestern community.
All of us are struggling with the new reality the COVID-19 pandemic, and our international students face particularly difficult challenges. Many consulates are closed, there are travel restrictions that ban or limit travel, and the flights that are available are often limited. We encourage international graduate students to reach out to their OISS advisor with specific questions about the status of their plans for the coming academic year.
Please know that TGS is committed to doing all that we can to minimize the impact of current circumstances on our international students, and indeed to our entire student body, so that all of you may thrive during your training experience at Northwestern. As we have more specific information on plans for the Fall quarter, we will share it with you. Please reach out to my office if you have specific questions or concerns.
Kelly E. Mayo
Walter and Jennie Bayne Professor of Molecular Biosciences
Interim Dean of The Graduate School and
Interim Associate Provost for Graduate Education
Northwestern University

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