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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.

Updates: July 6-July 12, 2020 

Important Message from Jacy Fry

Dear Students, 

I hope you heard about the exciting and deserved news that the July 6th guidance from ICE has been rescinded. The Minnesota State system has played an active role in Minnesota joining the lawsuit that reversed the July 6th guidance! Please read through this news article from "Inside Higher Ed" to learn more about it. 

"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security rescinded a July 6 policy directive that would have required international students to take at least some in-person college coursework in order to remain in the U.S.

The government agreed to rescind the guidance to resolve a lawsuit filed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The rescinding of the directive, and an associated FAQ released on July 7, means the government reverts back to a March guidance that allowed international students to remain in the U.S. while taking a fully online course load. 

At least 20 states and dozens of universities filed suit to block the policy change from going into effect. Harvard and MIT -- both of which plan to conduct most of their fall coursework online -- argued in their lawsuit that the directive reflected an effort by the government to force universities to reopen despite continuing dangers posed by the coronavirus pandemic 

They said the directive put universities "in the untenable situation" of either moving forward with online coursework at the expense of the welfare of their international students -- "or to attempt, with just weeks before classes resume, to provide in-person education despite the grave risk to public health and safety that such a change would entail."

We are happy to share this news with you. Please join us today at noon if you have any further questions. 

Kearney Center Open Sessions

Every Wednesday, Kearney Center staff will be available to talk through concerns, questions and policies for one hour. Find more information on our calendar.

Food Assistance

The Kearney Center updates our social media frequently with offers and help that we hear about. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to find out the most updated information.
Go to Kearney Center's COVID-19 Website

Immigration Updates

Fall 2020 registration: Fall 2020 registration is open—this semester, to make registering easier, you do NOT need to receive an access code. For undergraduate students, you must enroll in at least 12 credits. For graduate students, you must enroll in at least 6 credits to maintain your full-time student status

Traveling: If you are planning on traveling internationally during this time, please make sure you meet with your immigration advisor to talk about travel considerations and travel restrictions. The COVID-19 FAQ site contains information about potential travel restrictions from your home country.

Need a Currently Enrolled Letter?: You can request a currently enrolled letter online. Once you submit the form, you will receive a letter within 3-5 business days. 

ISA Election Updates

It's time to vote this week for the International Student Association's election for president and vice president! The running team is: 

Mr. Liberty Hombe, Presidential Candidate from the Republic of South Africa, and Mr. Freeman Moma, Vice- Presidential Candidate from the Democratic Republic of the Congo,  

who are running as the only candidate pairing for the ISA Election on July 13th 9 a.m. to July 17th 3 p.m. lthough just one pair of candidates is remaining, the ISA Election Committee assures and follows all standards of neutrality. Therefore, we will never post anything that forces students to vote into one direction. What that means is that we will never tell any students to vote with a yes or no for these We all know that it is important to vote! We as the election committee would highly encourage you all to vote and ensure that the leaders are chosen wisely. The link is:  

Remark: A vote for the candidates will count as a YES, and a vote for "abstain " will count as a NO. As stated in earlier emails, the candidates will only win the elections if 60 percent of all votes are a “YES.”

Neither the ISA Election Committee nor Kearney Center are in favor or against the remaining candidates. We will never evaluate any statements made by the candidate pairing. 


Have a wonderful week!

Current members  

Election Committee Chair: Prabhakar Uprety  
Election Committee Members: Arnavee Maltare & Dominik Drabent  

Campus Updates

Virtual Town Hall Series 

President Davenport has invited the campus community to join him and the president's Cabinet in a series of Virtual Town Hall events via Zoom. The Virtual Town Hall series is part of an ongoing effort to maintain communication across campus and discuss topics of interest.

Upcoming Graduate Student Town Halls

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 @ 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
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