Statement on International Student Visas (employee/student email) – July 10, 2020

TU community,

On July 6, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced international students who take courses only online would need to leave the country or apply to another institution offering in-person classes.

International students have always played an important role in campus life at The University of Tulsa, contributing to classroom experiences, research, culture and diversity. TU would not be the strong, inclusive institution that it is without the vibrancy that international students bring to Tulsa, and we view as highly counterproductive any policy that jeopardizes the ability of these bright scholars to attend TU and share their worldviews with our domestic students.

Fortunately, this ruling may not directly affect those attending The University of Tulsa. TU is implementing rigorous safety protocols to ensure a healthy return to on-campus learning to the fullest extent possible this fall while also realizing that COVID-19 infections may require us to return to virtual classrooms at some point.

Despite the careful precautions being made to allow students to return to our campus, we view this policy as unfairly and unnecessarily targeting international students during a global pandemic. TU stands with ALL of our students – as well as those at other American universities – and calls on the federal government to rescind this disturbing policy shift before it creates any further harm.

Janet K. Levit
Interim President