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The Kearney Center has compiled all the most important information for this week in one place! We want to make finding information easy for you, so we've put all important announcements here in this of the Kearney Center Current Student Newsletter. Watch for the monthly newsletter at the beginning of each month! You can find this edition and others on the Kearney Center website.

KCISS Updates: April 27th - May 3rd, 2020 


Please spend 5-10 minutes to complete this survey about your life during COVID-19. Your responses will give the Kearney Center important information so that we can support you better during COVID-19. The answers you give will be seen only by the Kearney Center staff administrating this survey, and the information used to better assist you during COVID-19.

Pass/NC Grading Option

The Pass/No Credit Grading options is an alternative grading method that does NOT impact your overall GPA. If you choose the Pass/No Credit Grading option, then either a “P” or “NC’ will show up on your transcript. Please note that choosing the Pass/No Credit grading option does not impact your immigration status. HERE is more information regarding choosing that method.

COVID-19 & Advising

The Kearney Center for International Student Services is operating on a virtual basis starting March 17, 2020, due to COVID-19.  You may contact a staff person via email and they will follow-up with you. 

advising hours will be held online in the following hours:

Dan: 8 – 10 AM

Erika: 10 AM – 1 PM

Jordan: 1 PM – 3 PM

Alissa: 3 PM – 4 PM

Update Your Address

Students: please ensure your current address is up-to-date in e-services.  You are required by USCIS to update the University within ten days of any change to your address and the University is required to update your SEVIS record within 21 days of the change.  


Go to Kearney Center's COVID19 Website


For Further Information, See above and find the Zoom links to the different events. 


Immigration Updates

  • Graduation: If you are graduating this May 2020, below are a few considerations/options you may have—
    • Have you apply for graduation?
    • Interested in applying for OPT?
    • Accepted into a new Degree Program for Summer/Fall 2020?
      • If you are looking to Transfer Out your SEVIS record because you have been accepted into a new program at another institution, you will want to complete a Transfer Out FORM and provide your immigration advisor with an acceptance letter.
      • If you have been accepted into another degree program at MSU-Mankato, you will have to complete the I-20 Request FORM
  • Summer Curricular Practical Training (CPT): Before submitting CPT documentation, it is recommended that you talk with your immigration advisor to talk about if you are eligible. If you are eligible, you will then need to submit the following items to your immigration advisor:
    • Job Offer Letter that includes the following:
      • Dates of employment
      • Hours you will be working
      • Roles/Responsibilities
      • Printed on letter head and signed by hiring manager/supervisor
    • Register in an internship course for Summer 2020
    • CPT FORM completed by you and your academic advisor

Campus Updates

Remote Access to a Doctor! When MSU Health Services is closed, you have a remote option through your insurance plan to talk to a doctor.  It is HealthiestYou Telehealth.  1-855-870-5858    You will need your insurance ID number which is on your card or your account with UHC Student Resources.  This is free for anybody on UHCSR.    To access your card, go to    This is a great option for nights, weekends, winter break or when you are traveling.

COVID-19 Hotline: If you have concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus), please call the student health services hotline at (507) 389-5591 to discuss your symptoms. They also have a COVID self-check on your Patient Portal to enter symptoms and receive advice.  If it has been determined that you should be tested for COVID-19, the International Student Insurance is waiving any deductible or copay costs. 

Bridges International Food Pantry:

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