hi good morning welcome my name is catherine pay and i am the director of the first year center i want to welcome you to our town hall for international students and their families this morning i am joined by my colleagues in senior leadership from the university who will introduce themselves shortly we’re very excited you’ve joined us for today’s conversation i did say morning but uh for many of you around the world it may be very late in the evening so thank you so much for being with us um from wherever you are in the world so a little information before we begin we received 35 pre-submitted questions for today’s town hall if you pre-submitted a question we have read those and we’ll work to address them today you don’t need to resubmit those live in the q a box in addition we’ve pulled together many of the faqs that the university has on various websites so there’s some on covid19.whistle.edu residential life has some dining parking etc we’ve done our best to pull those onto one resource and so one of my colleagues will put that in the chat box for you so you may want to copy and save that link for your use after this webinar and now i want to make sure you know how to submit questions during the town hall so if you’re logged into zoom you’ll notice that there’s a q and a feature and so you can ask questions in there if you’re watching via youtube you can submit your questions using the chat feature some of our professional staff are helping us to field questions and they may answer them directly either in zoom or in youtube others you may see us dismiss or we won’t answer um with a written answer and for those we’ll be responding live on air as many as we can so we have an hour and to answer as many questions as possible i know that last night for our returning students and families there were so many questions unfortunately we couldn’t get to and so i want to let you know that any question we’re not able to answer live we will work to find an answer and post that online with a little bit more information later this week so i know what you really want is to hear from my colleagues in senior leadership so i’m going to begin by asking each panelist to share their name and title and then we’ll begin with a welcome after that so we’re going to begin with martha turner martha could you introduce yourselves hi i’m martha turner i’m the associate director in the office for international students and scholars thank you dr kamamoto jimenez good morning uh well here my name is mark gamimoto jimenez uh you see him in his pronouns i’m the associate vice chancellor for student affairs and the dean for the center for diversity and inclusion dean jen smith hi jen smith i’m dean of the college of arts and sciences and i’m here on behalf of my colleagues in the academic divisions dr lawrence hi i’m steve lawrence with the associate professor of medicine in the infectious diseases division at the school of medicine here to provide the consulting advice as we’re preparing for reopening dr leblanc hi everyone i’m sheree leblanc i’m the executive director of habit health and wellness center which is the student health center on danforth campus i’m kiwana leggett hello everyone my name is kiwana leggett and i’m the interim associate vice chancellor and dean of students thank you dr kamamura jimenez would you like to begin with a welcome thank you um you know we’re really excited to have you all come to our campus and experience the incredible things that we have to offer both academically and um as a part of the student experience we know this is a a year like on uh an unbelievable year they will uh you know never forget but i also think that it will be one that uh will be special because of the fact that you’ll be a part of our student community we we know that our international students bring so much to the classroom uh to the campus experience and to enriching the experiences of both students from uh from the united states but also from each of the countries that you all come from so we’re excited that you’re going to be coming to our campus and being a part of our student community and we look forward to welcoming you in a wide range of ways both this way but also as much as and safe as we can in person once you arrive i’m going to turn it over to martha turner so um i wanted to go over um

a a powerpoint um because we have a lot of immigration details to cover um so uh we will get started with this and then we’ll be able to go into questions that cover any of the topics that you’re interested in so let me just do some basics about visa statuses most international students are on f1 visas we have some students usually around 10 percent of our students are on j-1 exchange visitor visas and then we have other students who are here on dependent visas h4 or l2 visas today we’re going to talk mostly about f1 visas because frankly that’s uh what there has been so much change with f1 visa rules but we are going to hit on all visa statuses and how those students are affected this fall 2020 all right the immigration rule since spring to 2020 for international students let’s be frank this has been a roller coaster and a very terrifying one at times um i’ll say a little bit more about that but i just want to acknowledge this has been up and down it now appears that we are getting to the end of this ride and that the rules for fall are likely set although there could always be changes let me first do a little immigration regulation basis basics so the student and exchange visitor program known as sevp and is in a division within immigration and customs enforcement ice which is a subsection of the u.s department of homeland security they really are responsible for the regulations around f-1 students now the exchange visitor program is part of the department of state and they are responsible for the rules that are guiding j-1 students f-1 and j-1 students must comply with whatever immigration regulations are laid out in order to maintain their legal status which is one reason why we always want to be as clear as possible about what the requirements are because our students status is extremely important to us also schools must be in compliance with the f1 and j1 regulations or we risk our ability to sponsor f1 and j1 students okay for f1 students where have we been so on march 9th ice issued guidance right in the midst of when so many schools like washu um were going fully online and they said look um the rule the usual rules for f1s we’re going to make accommodations and f1 students can study fully online which is not usually allowed then we waited over the summer to see well what were the plans for fall because the march 9th guidance really was focused on um spring semester and and a little about summer but didn’t really directly talk about fall so on july 6th ice issued some guidance um that had a lot of uh very harsh um sort of draconian requirements um and uh on july 7th they followed it up with an faq that reinforced things like uh international students could not be fully online if the university went fully online then students would have to leave the united states immediately and if they didn’t there would be harsh consequences a lawsuit was filed almost immediately by harvard and mit um saying to the government that these were not um appropriate rules and an amicus brief was filed by washu and many other universities that resulted in ice when they appeared at the hearing on july 14th they rescinded the july 6 and july 7th guidance so those disappeared now we didn’t have to worry about them but we still weren’t sure what the fall

2020 guidance would be so on july 4th ice issued something called clarifying questions which addressed fall 2020 um and allowed us to move forward and understand what was expected uh in this coming upcoming semester okay where are we now so i’m gonna go the thing about this is it’s kind of complicated because you have to sort of figure out what kind of school you’re at um what’s your uh personal situation as far as how long you’ve um been on f1 status and also where you plan to study so bear with me so there are modes of instruction provided by schools and each university has to notify um the student and exchange visitor program uh whether they’re the school is going to be offering classes only in person or a hybrid model in person and online that would be washu we are a hybrid university according to sevp’s categories or only online okay then the rules depend or differ depending on your status and sevis which is the student and exchange visitor information system and your travel history so if you’re a new student and you’ve never recently been in the us on an f1 student that’s an f1 status sorry that’s one category if you’re a transfer in student who have has been or are outside the united states um that is one category if you’re a transference student who remained in the u.s since may 9th you never left and went home another category and then the final category continuing students if you’re a continuing student you don’t have to worry about your travel history your recent travel history and then we also have to look at the rules different differ depending on whether you’re studying in the united states in fall 2020 or from outside the united states okay so for new students studying in the united states at a hybrid school like washu you must take at least one in-person course this is the new guidance from july 24th you must arrive in the united states at the beginning of the semester no later than the drop ad deadline if the university goes fully online due to covet 19 new students will remain in legal status so this is the very good news new students will remain in legal status if we go fully online if you’re a continuing student and you plan to study in the u.s at a hybrid school like washu you may be fully online you are not required to take any in-person courses you must arrive at the beginning of the semester no later than the drop ad deadline if for some reason you need to arrive at a different time that may or may not be doable but you should contact your oiss advisor and consult with them about your plans if the university goes fully online due to covet 19 continuing students would remain in legal status okay transfer students i mentioned this before fall in two different groups remember transfer students are defined as students who have been studying at a u.s high school college or university and their f1 record has been released in sevis to wash you so it doesn’t mean you’re transferring because you’re in the middle of one program and you decide to transfer to another one it includes any time from a visa standpoint you move from one university to an or one school to another so we’re going to have two groups here one who has students who have transfer in students who have remained in the u.s since march 9th and then a second group is transferring students who have been outside of the u.s since march 9th so transfer in students study in the united states for those who have remained in the u.s and are stuttering studying at a hybrid school such as washington university like continuing students you may be fully online you must still arrive in the u.s

at the beginning of the semester no later than the drop ad deadline in some cases you may be able to come in at another time but you need to consult first with your oiss advisor if the university goes fully online due to covet 19 transfer in students would remain in legal status now if you’re a transferenced student who left the u.s after march 9th and you’re studying at a hybrid school such as washington university you must like new students uh take one in-person course you must arrive at the in the us at the beginning of the semester no later than the drop ad deadline if the university goes fully online you would remain in legal status now let’s look at students who are studying outside the u.s so new students who have never studied in the us may begin their program if approved by their school you don’t have any visa status yet so you’re not bound by any immigration rules transfer in students may study from abroad and maintain your f-1 record if your school allows it and also oiss has to do some updates with this student and exchange visitor program but this is doable continuing students may study from abroad if approved by their school and their f1 record will be maintained as active even though they’re outside the united states for more than the usual minimum of five months so i know work authorization is one of the things that students are thinking about as they make decisions about um whether to be in the united states in the fall or not so there are two kind of work authorizations that people are concerned about cpt which is curricular practical training and opt optional practical training and you have to normally and still achieve at least one full academic year to be eligible for cpt or opt so new students who have never been in the u.s who begin their program in the fall but are unable to come to the u.s until spring 2020. you would not be eligible to do cpt or opt until january 2022 because you would have had to have been in status in the united states for a full academic year which is defined as fall and spring or spring and fall so even though you are studying from abroad perhaps in the fall you have not um that doesn’t count because you’re not in status however there’s an exception to this rule and it covers quite a few of our students students in graduate programs where cpt is required in the first year may do cpt before that first year requirement is met so some examples at washu are social work students students who are studying in public health and a recent change both mba and some actually most of the specialized master’s programs in the olin graduate school do require cpt within the first year so those students if they started in uh january in the united states would still be eligible for cpt okay new and transfer in students studying from outside the u.s in fall 2020 and arriving in the u.s for spring 2021 so for new students their i-20 start date must be deferred your sevis id won’t change so that’s helpful you have that and that will not change for transfer transference students who are not coming until spring your i-20 start date must be changed but we can’t do it at oiss we have to go to the sevp or cevis help desk for a data fix your sevis id will also not change so that means you’ll be able to use your previous visa if it’s still valid

even if it has the name of your previous school if it has a future end date you will be able to use that same f1 visa in your passport to enter the united states in january continuing f1 students studying from outside the united states must obtain and this is something new must obtain a new i-20 which states in the remarks section outside the u.s oiss will be reaching out in coming weeks with information on how to request this i-20 but we would provide this to you so you would have documentation that indeed you’d been authorized to study outside of the u.s so let’s just go over quickly what f1 regulations haven’t changed as a good reminder so f1 students must be enrolled full-time in fall 2020 and if you’re outside the united states and you want to maintain your status as a continuing student you have to be full-time f1 students must make normal progress towards their degree f1 students must have work authorization before beginning any work off campus be it paid or unpaid and f-1 students need a recent travel signature on page 2 of their i-20 in order to re-enter the united states so we’ve got a lot of changes a lot of adaptation but some of the rules are still the same let’s talk a little bit about j-1 students so as the department of state outlines the purpose of the exchange visitor program is to facilitate in-person exchanges so they’ve just said any potential new exchange visitors may start their exchanges only if their programs are at a host academic institution that has reinstated partial or full-time classroom participation so essentially they’re saying they don’t want new j-ones to come over if they can’t have some sort of in-person instruction because that’s really part a very important part of the exchange so new at j-1 students like f-1 students must enroll in at least one in-person course continuing j-1 students may enroll full-time and again all j-1 students must be enrolled full-time as is the usual rules so let me just quickly say a few things about other visa statuses like h4 and l2 the immigration regulations have not changed in regard to study on these type of visas previous immigration rules did not specify limits on online course work so studying fully online is allowed and if the university goes fully online due to covet 19 the immigration status of these students would not be affected i realized in my j1 slide i didn’t say if we go fully until online your immigration status j1 students would also be continue to be valid it will not be affected so there’s still some uncertainties um what we’re telling you right now is what we know today sevp or ice or for j-1 students the government and exchange academic exchange program office could issue additional new guidance we think that they’ve probably presented their final guidance but you know the roller coaster could continue and if there are changes we will keep you updated i want to just mention um one other issue and i know we’ll be talking uh and taking questions on a lot of different topics but i just wanted to mention health insurance for f-1 and j-1 students is required at washington university and you’re automatically enrolled with your coverage beginning on august 1st i do want to reassure you that the washu health insurance does cover medical care connected with covid19 but if a student is outside the united states for fall semesters you will be able to be exempt from the health insurance requirement we are still working with the health center to figure out how to

request this exemption but you’ll be hearing from us soon regarding this issue so i just wanted to end by saying whether you’re here in st louis or abroad this fall semester we know that international students make washu what it is an international and diverse university and the faculty and student services staff in each school and in the division of student affairs want to get to know you and stay connected wherever you are this fall semester you are washu you are included when we say together as a community and now we’ll go back to catherine for questions thank you martha dr leblanc the first question i have is for you will international students who are traveling from outside the united states to campus be expected to quarantine upon arrival to wash you thanks catherine what i can say is washu is not requiring students to quarantine upon arrival we have certainly sustained community transmission here in st louis and um we are not doing that to any student regardless of where they’re coming from um the only thing i cannot i cannot answer is is what the government um and the cdc regulations are um because they still do say that international uh folks do need to quarantine upon arrival um and i’m not sure if there’s um you know i don’t have any guidance for what might happen at a an airport if there are um regulations uh with you arriving at that point and i’m not sure if anyone else on the panel has it i’ve been searching desperately over the last 48 hours trying to find that out but haven’t been able to to give any more detailed information but wash you itself we are not requiring you to quarantine upon arrival dr leblanc from what i’ve heard of students who’ve recently arrived we have not heard them uh having been told that they had to quarantine terrific thanks martin dr lawrence could you maybe briefly explain washu’s philosophy towards testing yeah sure so testing has been a very uh important part of the response and the plan the most important thing that we have been uh investing energies on are to ensure that we have the testing capability to uh be able to identify every person who is um presents with symptoms and that may be uh symptomatic and able to certainly spread to others so this is the diagnostic testing capability we have worked out with our medical school partners the uh processes by which we have developed a new testing center uh to be able to handle that capacity you know that is the most important part there is another also a very important aspect that we are deploying a new technology that has been developed at our medical school to be able to do uh an initial testing upon entry for all students as they arrive uh these it’s a test that’s based on uh the use of saliva rather than a swab through the nose and so this as long as there aren’t any hiccups with the fda process is something that we would anticipate is going to be deployed for all students as as they arrive on campus in september thank you uh kawana a few housing questions for you um so we’re you know obviously the the folks who are on this car international students and so looking for housing is a little bit more challenging for them than perhaps our students who are currently located in the united states how will juniors and seniors who are international students be impacted by the university’s decision not to house juniors and seniors would they qualify for an exception and if yes what would that process look like thank you katherine and i’ll be brief but i just want to sum up what we’ve done for housing certainly taking the guidance of public health experts on our campus and also the american college and health association and the cdc we’ve made the decision to switch to single rooms and we hope that will continue to help reduce the spread of the virus when our students return essentially we’ve guaranteed housing for first-year students on our south 40 which is for our first year communities they will be living in single rooms and we’ve guaranteed housing for sophomores for our juniors and seniors we have not guaranteed housing however

we’ve created a process where students can apply for a special housing selection process while we cannot guarantee housing will be uh given for that process we do know that students face difficult situations as it relates to their living circumstances juniors and seniors who are international international students who are planning to live in residential life housing and unable to return to their permanent residence will be provided housing and so i encourage any of our international students who are juniors and seniors to apply through our special housing process we have a number of wonderful campus partners who are part of that committee who will be reviewing all of uh the requests that come in and so i want to encourage folks to go through that process the special housing process uh also includes a wait list and so even if you don’t meet the circumstances and the criteria that are within the special housing process you can still go and be on a wait list we won’t know the availability of our housing until august 5th when we begin to get our cancellations and so the more cancellations we have that increases the number of bids that will be available and so the short version is for our juniors and seniors i want to encourage you to consider going through our special housing selection process the other piece of this is that we know that we won’t be able to provide on-campus housing residential life housing for all of our students and so uh shortly today we’ll be sending an email targeted email to our juniors and seniors who are impacted by this with some off-campus resources about how to go about finding apartments off campus we have a apartment referral uh network that we utilize uh with some campus partners from quadrangle housing and so it provides resources about how to find um housing off campus and some other points of contact so we’ll be sending an email later today with those resources and give a couple of follow-up questions regarding move-in so for students who do have a housing contract or if they go through the like if they’re first or second year student or if they’re a junior and senior and they go through this special exception process and receive a housing contract are they for move-in are they able to bring family members with them what will move-in look like so move-in will look a bit different than it’s ever looked we are working a spread moving across a number of days and so our cat for each day um will be between 500 and 800 students and we are capping those days so that we can ensure that the process is orderly and also that we can continue to adhere to the public health guidelines of social distancing um for everyone wearing masks and we can monitor that behavior or doing move in uh we are putting caps on the number of folks that you can bring with you and so each family will be able to bring no more than two people with them as they move in uh and i know in the chat box they just put uh the dates of move in and we work closely with martha to support our international community during um move in and specifically what that experience looks like for the community coming in we know that your travels are a bit longer than many of our students and so we want to ensure that it is a smooth process but the short answer is yes you can bring um no more than two people with you during move in and kiwana i put those dates in there and then after i did that i realized i think that for our undergraduate students um were international we had an earlier move-in date for them could you look that up and then we’ll get back to you and you can correct it that date is uh um what i’m looking at is uh martha where are you gonna say a different date august 29th was what i was told yes august 29th and august 30th are the days that um those weekend days that we have um noted for international students so first year only mm-hmm so first your international students can arrive on august 29th correct yes and so uh one of the things that will work closely with martha is ensuring that because we want to ensure that you know that you won’t get for for our first year students you won’t get your assignment to the week of august 24th and so that’s important right now our assignments team is working to redo all of our housing assignments based on the fact that we’re going to single rooms and so while you have that move-in date i want to be clear that the housing assignments date assignment won’t come out to the week of august 24th thank you uh i have some

classroom questions for you jen um can you explain a little bit more about the difference between hybrid in person all of the designations that we’re seeing in course listings how can a student better understand what their course will be actually offering great thanks so much absolutely and somehow my dogs know when you’re asking me a question and start barking so i apologize because i know them they hear my voice and they know that’s right oh catherine yeah so apologies so yes um for our courses you can see if you click in course listings on the details there’s something called instruction type and almost all of those now will say one of three things either remote hybrid or classroom instruction anything that’s remote anything that’s hybrid will permit fully remote participants so if you are joining us from any place in the world you can take and we’ll have access to any class uh that is either remote or hybrid classes that say classroom instruction are the only things that require in-person participation and so only if you are coming to st louis can you take a class that says classroom instruction that across the undergrad divisions is a small small component of our classes so one of the things we’ve been working really hard to do over the summer is set up all of our classes and train our faculty to be able to include remote participants so the remote classes have no in-person component whereas the hybrid classes will have some sort of in-person component and for smaller classes typically around 20 to 25 or smaller those hybrid classes will be able to meet with pretty much everybody in the room who is in person and remote participants would be zooming in able to hear what’s going on put questions in the chat that can get asked to the faculty member hybrid classes that are larger than 20 to 25 will have in-person participants just typically coming maybe once a week so if you say have a 45 person class that meets monday wednesday friday you may have 15 people in the classroom on monday and 30 zooming in 50 a different 15 on wednesday the final 15 on friday so the larger hybrid classes are gonna have a significant remote content throughout so there there will be a good bit of of movement still as faculty are sorting out exactly how many students can be in their classrooms uh and the one thing that i know is incredibly important that we are for for people participating remotely that we are still working hard on is updating course listings to indicate whether or not the remote portions of the classes are synchronous or asynchronous and so that is still coming you will be able to find that information in course listings a lot of our faculty are still doing course design institutes and taking workshops and trying to be really thoughtful about how they design their classes so those decisions are still to come some classes will be dominantly asynchronous others will be dominantly synchronous so that’s something that if it is important to you to know upfront in in terms of short-term decision-making the best thing you can do is email your professor in a particular class if you would like to know whether or not there’s going to be asynchronous or synchronous and then just speaking for arts and sciences uh in this case i know we’re planning to a number of our larger courses that have multiple recitation discussion sections things like american politics calculus intro to western art once we have a better sense of how many people are participating remotely and from where we’re going to move some of those discussion synchronous discussion sections into the evening to facilitate participation from people who are in significantly different time zones but we’re waiting to understand how many sections we would need to move um things like that so there is a good bit yet to come on the details uh as we’re still working them out there’s a longer answer than you wanted all right i’ve got a couple more questions for you jen um so for the ad drop dates or um to change your classroom pass to fail you know typically the the deadline is 9 pm central daylight time where we’re located in st

louis so for someone located outside the united states would they need to adjust their time zone to make sure they’re they’re meeting the us 9 pm that’s that’s right and i mean i i can we’ll be understanding if there’s a couple hours difference because of something like time zone but yes the the deadlines are central time um and so yeah that’s that’s exactly how you and then um my last question for you right now i’m sure i’ll have more in a second um can you explain the difference between leave of absence and gap year and then martha you may maybe follow up to how that may or may not impact visa status if that’s permissible absolutely so we we use different terms for students taking some time away from studies if they are matriculating new students so if you’re an incoming first-year student you would need to if you decided not to study request a gap year if you’ve already been with us uh so you’ll be a returning sophomore junior senior you would instead take a leave of absence and so the leave of absences are processed through your home school so you request a leave of absent through your home school a gap year is requested through the admissions office and so you can find information about these on the websites the critical difference is that you can only take a gap year if you are an incoming student there is not the option for a gap semester so if you choose to defer you would be taking a full gap year and starting your studies in fall of 2021 leave of absences can be by the semester so if you’re a returning student you could take the fall semester off and be taking classes in in the spring and so i’ll toss that tomorrow before martha you jump in if you’re a graduate or professional student and interested in taking a gap year you should talk to your program correct not admissions because admissions is just for under that’s right thank you so much yes graduate and professional students those those questions would go through your your dean’s your advising office your student services office the relevant um sorry i’ve got my undergrad hat on martha could you clarify how this may or may not impact our international students and their visa status yeah um well if you’re a new student and you’ve never been here recently on an f1 uh visa and you take a gap year uh we just defer your i-20 start date and um you don’t have a status so it’s just deferred if you’re a continuing student and you take a leave of absence we will have to terminate your f1 record and you would have to re-enter on a new i-20 and get a new visa at the point you’re ready to come back in and continue studies uh be that january or um next fall and if i may i just wanted to add a little to what dean smith said so this is sort of a ballpark way of thinking of it but um an in-person course could be a course because remember from the immigration standpoint they don’t use the same terms they don’t use classroom instruction hybrid and remote they just have two ways of looking at it either it’s online or it’s in person so um sort of a general idea would be if your hybrid course means that you’re in the classroom once a week you’re probably fine for in-person course if it’s less than that talk to us we are trying working with the registrar’s office to figure out ways to document this because we know it is important for students immigration status that they can show okay i’m in this in-person course but um the the two systems both the immigration system and the washu course coding system don’t match exactly so uh we’re we’re going to be helping you figure that out as we figure it out so a follow-up to that martha if a student were in an independent study or a reading course do we know if that would count towards the required um in-person course for f1 students or not yet or is that something they should contact your office with about individually yeah probably contact our office but again i would say if it’s an independent study in which you’re meeting in person with a faculty member once a week you’re probably fine but again this is the kind of thing you’re going to want to be able to document in order to protect your visa status dr leblanc i have some health insurance questions for you so a few of them and then i may have

some follow-ups um so if a student is choosing to take all of their classes um online from their home country so not in the united states um will they be exempt from health insurance like washi’s requirement for for this fall and then after you answer that i’ve got some follow-ups the short answer is yes we’re working out all the details of how that’s going to be documented as martha had said earlier um but yes that is true all right and then um in the health insurance brochure it states that a student in order to have the health insurance has to take classes for at least 31 days after the date of the coverage is purchased and then there’s some very long complicated information about home study correspondence and online courses do not fulfill eligibility requirements how is that going to impact our students if um they’re taking hybrid courses do we know the answer to that yet it’s a great question that i have no answer to so um i will say it’s uh it’s this i i must say can i just let you know how much i empathize with the incredible um difficulty this this whole process is um you know covet alone is so difficult and then all of these other um issues you all have to deal with i felt like i was um you know in a whole different world looking at f1 and j1 and ice and all of those things so um so i empathize that we are working really hard to try and make this as streamlined as we can from the health center perspective and i will bring that language back to erin doherty who’s our director of administration and we’ll keep banging this out until it becomes clear okay so i will send you the very specific language of you someone asked this question where they copy and pasted the language from the brochure so it’s really helpful and then um after the habit health and wellness center is able to provide an answer we’ll give that to oiss so they can send it out to all of our international students because these are really um nuanced questions that we want to make sure we get the correct answer to so i can assure you if you um anyone on this call right now if you can um we didn’t ask your question yet if you’ve submitted it in writing we’ve got it if you ask more questions in writing we’re going to get all of those to have if and then we’ll have answers distributed to you through oiss catherine can i ask one question of dr lawrence that i’ve heard a number of times from students some students have expressed concern that americans might be prioritized for care for coped and i just wondered if you could speak to that um oh my goodness no i don’t uh think there that would even be a consideration at all that you know certainly on our campus and here in the city of st louis if there is somebody who needs care there will be there’s plenty of capacity for health care uh for everybody who’s sick we don’t anticipate that you know we will exceed that capacity and uh certainly and it doesn’t matter where somebody is from or what country they’re from or where they’re living uh they’ll be able to access whatever care is needed and you know certainly you know and and this is a good point to mention that you know our habit health center dr leblanc that heads up is certainly capable of taking care of all routine types of care that they’re used to providing and then if there is covid related care that is required which again is really unlikely luckily for a student age population but if that were to be needed that we partner with our um the hospital center medical center that is part of the medical school campus and that care would be provided equally for international us every student thank you quanah i have another housing question for you um you know we’ve been talking a lot about the fall semester and that’s where our plans really lie right now when looking towards the spring if a student were perhaps to take their um classes from their home country in the fall but then want to come in the spring if we’re able what might residential life housing look like or do we not have an answer yet what our recommendation i wish i had a better answer to be able to predict what the future will look like i will say that closer to november we’ll know what the availability of housing would be and that’s two things to consider one is the number of cancellations we will get for the spring semester and so being able to assess where our available available spaces are but also just the public health um uh uh setting and so where are we at in terms of the recommendations to move forward

to configure our spring housing or do we have any additional bids to consider and so we really won’t be able to address that question until closer to november but we will very much work closely with our community to ensure that they know what the process will be if there is an availability of space but that will be closer to november jen i have a question for you about the intention form can you help people understand what the different options mean the forms do tomorrow and i think that you know the language is a little hard to follow so if i’m an international student and i want to take my classes um at least one class in the united states what would i select versus if i want to take all of my classes from my home country right so those really are the two options if your plan is to participate remotely in all of your classes regardless of whether or not they offer an in-person component then you would pick the i plan to study remotely if you plan to come to campus and be on campus but it turns out that the courses you are currently enrolled in are all online you would still pick in person because you’re being in person you might you know end up moving your course schedule around and end up with a hybrid in-person class and so you want to let us know that you are you are here for the in-person experience in st louis and even if it just so happens that you’re you’re taking classes remotely because that’s how it played out we still want to know that you are here and up for that um that in-person experience if you want to come to st louis but even though you could take something in person you don’t want to then you would pick remote and martha for our f1 visa students they need to take at least one class in person so they need if they’re in the united states they need to select who has been outside the united states since march 9 continuing students and transferring students who have not traveled outside the united states can be fully online so only new and trans friends who have been outside the united states need to be in one full one in-person course thank you martha because i know this is really confusing i want to remind everyone we’re recording this and so you can just you can like watch this little snippet to hear what martha just said again um if you need to because i know that that there’s a lot of language that washi is using that’s slightly different than that’s right and just think about the name of that form is intention for false study so it’s about your intention for your classes and if your intention for your classes is to take them fully remotely that’s the option you pick regardless of where you are physically in st louis or not if you want to if it is if it is your desire to take classes in person um and you’ll be in st louis do you believe you’ll be in st louis to do so then you pick the on campus thank you uh kiwana i think maybe you can answer this question even though it’s not one of the areas you oversee when thinking about the number of students who’ve probably secured housing um off campus that’s not um residential life managed i mean especially our graduate and professional students who are always living off campus and non-res life housing what is parking and transportation doing to ensure that there are our shuttles metro buses and that social distancing can still be um insured thank you catherine so this has been a very popular question for many of our students who are returning back to campus we recognize that more of our students undergraduate graduates will be living in our communities we are working closely with parking to review and revise our current shuttle system in order to accommodate more off-campus students they are working to include new routes and additional shuttles to meet the demand but also understanding that we are trying to meet the density limitations for the fall so they will be providing updates about the new shuttles and routes a little bit closer to can the start of campus there will be more frequent shuttles running and this again is to help with social distancing but also the fact that we have more students who are going to be in the communities off campus and so one of the goals that they have is to maintain a 20 minute or less headway to and from campus and so the long short answer is more information to come but know that they’re

looking to revise the routes jen another question for you around time zones um given that finals will be taking place in january um will there be consideration for students who are in time zones where it’s not necessarily conducive to take an exam that’s scheduled for 2 pm central time so in in most cases i i want to say yes the best thing to do is to talk to we are encouraging faculty to be incredibly understanding and um most of the instructors that i’m talking to about their fall exam plans are looking at giving pretty wide windows you know it may be a two-hour exam but you have 24 hours to log in to take it and so that’s something to to talk to your faculty about um really early uh and ask them what their plans are and certainly we are we are asking them and encouraging them to to give enough grace so that people can can take those exams at times that there would normally be awake and i’m not sure if this is a question for martha or or jen um if the university goes fully online mid-semester would international students be able to return to their home country to continue their course of study or would they need to stay in the united states for a legal requirement from an immigration standpoint as long as they can get a flight home if we went fully online they are legal to stay in the united states um but uh legal to go home as well yeah nothing on our end would prohibit them from from going home and jen if we went fully online um what would that look like then for those hybrid courses they would no longer be hybrid they would be fully remote and that’s that’s the um beauty of all of the planning we’re doing this summer is by constructing these classes as hybrid we’re building in that remote capacity from the start so every classroom every class is gonna is gonna accommodate remote participants which is gonna make it so much easier for us to move to fully remote if that’s what has to happen thank you all so much i know um that there were some questions that we weren’t able to answer live but as i said particularly about the ones related to health insurance about testing et cetera we’re going to submit all of these pre um submitted questions all of the questions that were asked live either on youtube or zoom to our campus partners and we will get answers and then we will post those for you later this week and so i wanted to say thank you so much to our panelists for taking time with us today um and thank you to all of you to our students and our families for joining us and as i mentioned earlier i know that you are joining us from all around the world at all different kinds of times and so thank you thank you so much for being with us we will record um or we are recording this this town hall we’re going to send it off to be captioned later today and then we’ll post it um by the end of the week online and so um for those of you who are able to join us thank you and for those of you who are now then watching this recorded um thank you as well and so we will be in touch with you soon we just put um one last thing in the chat for you there’s a ton of faqs on covid19.whistle.edu where we will post more information and then if you have additional questions that you think of after this town hall please email them to covid questions at whistle.edu so thank you all and have a great morning or great evening wherever you are in the world