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July 9, 2020

Dear McDonnell Scholars,

I hope you are doing well. We thank you for your continued patience and understanding as the McDonnell Academy and Washington University operate amid the ongoing disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic.          

As you know, on Monday, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a change in policy affecting international students. We are all extremely disappointed with the change and the effect that it may have on you.  The university is exploring ways to mitigate the impact of this policy.         

I know that there are a lot of questions and concerns you will have as you try to plan for the near future. Likewise, the McDonnell Academy is committed to supporting our Scholars and identifying the best ways to support your academic progress and success. In terms of immediate information, you should have received a message from the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) yesterday. They will be hosting a Town Hall next week to discuss SEVP’s recent announcement and we encourage your attendance to try to get answers to some of your questions at that time. In addition, your specific program offices will be a key resource, as each school is working to customize the program for this Fall. Finally, we anticipate resuming McDonnell Academy Tea Talks to encourage all Scholars to ask questions and voice concerns. For our incoming cohort of McDonnell Scholars, Kristin Williams will continue the weekly email updates.         

Again, know that we value having you as Scholars, as does Washington University.

Kurt Dirks
Vice Chancellor for International Affairs
Director, McDonnell International Scholars Academy