The below message was sent to students, faculty, and staff on July 10, 2020
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:
We write today to share information about Bryn Mawr’s actions to support international students and to oppose new regulations issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding all international student F1 visas.
We strongly condemn the new ICE guidelines, which harm students, schools, and the U.S. We want to reassure the community and reiterate that, as Dean Walters wrote in her July 7 message to the campus, Bryn Mawr is committed to a hybrid model of instruction for Fall 2020. We have been advised that this approach will allow all international students to remain in residence at Bryn Mawr this semester if they enroll in at least one in-person or hybrid course. Our Deans Office and, in particular, the Director of International Student and Scholar Services are working with international students to ensure that they are able to continue their studies in the way that best meets their needs.
In addition, in support of our peer institutions and international students across the U.S., President Cassidy and Bryn Mawr College have joined with other colleges and universities in an amicus brief challenging the new ICE restrictions on international students, organized by the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration.
International students who would like to share questions or concerns are also encouraged to reach out to their deans and to Patricia Lausch, director of International Student and Scholar Services. We will continue to update the community as we build on our advocacy and protections for international students.
Kim Cassidy, President, Bryn Mawr College
Sharon Burgmayer, Dean of Graduate Studies
Patricia Lausch, Director of International Student and Scholar Services
Jennifer Walters, Dean of the Undergraduate College