UC Students Relieved After Trump Administration Drops In-Person Class Rule

Holly Quan
July 15, 2020 - 9:32 am

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    As colleges and universities decide whether to extend online instruction or reopen classrooms for Fall, the Trump Administration is rescinding a policy that would have deported international students who didn't take at least one course in person.

    This comes as a huge relief for tens of thousands of University of California international students, many of whom serve as teaching and research assistants.

    Nearly 30% of Cal graduate students are from other countries. That number is 20% at UCLA. They are the ones who pay the higher tuition, which in turn funds financial aid for California residents.

    They're also the ones that were facing deportation if they didn't take a face-to-face class. The government argued that if students were taking all online classes, they didn't need to be in the country.

    Facing a mountain of lawsuits, it dropped the requirement.

    "Who knows what’s going to happen next, but this is really reassuring," said Shreeya Tutsu, a native of Kuwait who’s studying molecular biology at Cal.

    Tutsu told KCBS Radio the July 6 immigration directive that threatened her status came as a surprise since they never had to stress about it before.

    "We didn’t have to worry about it as much because it was a given that we had this for the time we were studying here," Tutsu said. "But this was just a huge shock. I’m glad it’s okay now."

    UC, which filed its own lawsuit against the policy last Friday, lists over 37,500 international students.