The following is the text of a note I shared yesterday with current and incoming WashU Olin students.
We are aware of new requirements outlined this week by the federal government that could affect Olin students studying here on F-1 visas. Be assured: When such policy statements are released, we work with haste to understand the implications.
By now, students who may be affected should have received a detailed email outlining the university’s understanding of the policy update and steps being taken to address it. I would also refer you to the university’s statement on this new policy guidance.
We recognize this policy update raises questions about what it may mean for your studies here at WashU. I want you to know Olin values and supports all of you. We want to do everything possible to ensure your studies continue.
To reiterate what Chancellor Martin has already said, we have every intention of teaching courses in the classroom this semester, and indeed we have been working towards this since the outbreak of the COVID- 19 crisis.
We will review every international student’s schedule to ensure they have an in-person course experience, if returning to campus. We also will offer online learning for students who are unable to join us on campus.
Please stay tuned for a university-hosted town hall meeting for students to address your questions as best as possible.