Dear International Students:
This week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced new guidelines for nonimmigrant students taking online courses during fall 2020 semester.
In the wake of these modifications, I write to assure you that the entire Columbian College community—our academic chairs and program directors, our faculty members and administrative staff—stand by our international students. You are a valued and important part of our community, and we welcome the diversity of experiences and depth of scholarship you bring to our campus. During the days and weeks ahead, we are committed to working with you and with the American Council on Education to find a way forward in the face of this modified policy.
The pursuit of new knowledge knows no borders. We are a global research university with a core mission to advance excellence and opportunity. We encourage international and cross-cultural perspectives because we understand how vital it is to the learning experience. Let me assure you that we are more steadfast than ever to removing obstacles to learning and helping each of you achieve your academic goals.
Dean Paul Wahlbeck