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Amicus Brief filed in Support of International Students

Cornell University is one of 59 colleges and universities from 24 states to file an amicus brief (PDF) in support of the lawsuit filed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to block the new guidance released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on July 6. 

The new guidance requires international students in the U.S. to leave the country if their classes for the fall semester are classes are all online. Cornell will have an in-person semester with hybrid instruction. The ICE policy states that "F-1 students attending schools adopting a hybrid model—that is, a mixture of online and in-person classes—will be allowed to take more than one class or three credit hours online."

President Martha Pollack shared her support for Cornell's international community in a statement released on July 8, where she said, "I write today to express our unqualified support for our international students, who enrich our community in so many ways. Cornell has, since its founding, welcomed students from around the globe to study here; simply put, we would not be Cornell without them." Read the full statement.

Get answers to important questions for international students on the new ruling and other immigration questions on the International Services FAQ page.  

Learn more about the ICE ruling and reaction from institutions of higher education:

Please contact communications@ovpia.cornell.edu if you need accommodation for the PDF linked above.