Agnes Scott Joins the Amicus Brief in Support of International Students

Dear Agnes Scott College Community,

Earlier this week, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued new preliminary guidance for international students studying in the U.S. under the F-1 and M-1 visa categories. If implemented, this guidance would jeopardize international students’ legal status should the ongoing pandemic force colleges and universities to suspend in-person or dual-mode instruction. Agnes Scott College strongly objects to this new guidance that threatens to undermine the academic and professional opportunities for international students in the midst of an already challenging global situation.

In response to the DHS action, Agnes Scott’s Center for Global Learning (CGL) has reached out to support our international students on a one-on-one basis. The CGL is coordinating with the Office of Academic Advising to ensure that our international students register for the appropriate course format required for maintaining their legal immigration status.

As a college that values global understanding, we treasure our international students and appreciate the many contributions they bring to our campus community. We are deeply disturbed by the DHS announcement. As we work to support our international students, we are also reaching out to partner institutions, national organizations, legal experts and elected officials to advocate for a reconsideration of these new rules. Yesterday afternoon, I joined a President’s Alliance on Higher Education amicus brief in support of a lawsuit initiated by Harvard and MIT that challenges the new DHS guidance. Our hope is that this action will produce greater flexibility for international students in the United States.

The past several months have been extremely disruptive for all of us, but especially for our international community. Members of our international community, we stand with you. To our international students, we will do all that we can to enable you to continue your education in a supportive and safe environment. 


Leocadia I. Zak