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UW-Madison reviewing new federal guidelines on international students

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MADISON (WKOW) -- UW-Madison is reviewing new federal guidelines regarding international students and the fall semester.

Those guidelines issued Monday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say international students would have to leave the country or transfer to another college if their school goes entirely online this fall. Schools had to do that in the spring semester because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a blog post, UW-Madison chancellor Rebecca Blank said this rule would apply to 5,800 UW-Madison new or continuing F-1 students in any level of study.

Blank says "UW–Madison plans to offer a hybrid model of instruction that we believe would allow international students to enroll in face-to-face classes and remain in the United States while continuing their studies."

She says the university is urging the federal government to stay or amend this plan by contacting Wisconsin’s Congressional Delegation and through the school's role in organizations such as the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Association of American Universities.

"These students are valued members of our community, and we will continue to support and advocate for them," Blank said.

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