On July 6, 2020, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issued a broadcast message modifying exceptions to the online study rule that it put in place for the spring and summer semesters.

The full memo (pdf) is available here. On July 14, the federal government rescinded this guidance and reverted back to the guidance issued in March. For fall 2020, international students in the U.S. will be allowed to take more than one virtual class and still maintain active student status. We have compiled some additional resources at the bottom of this page that explain this issue.

Lehigh's response to the SEVP Guidance

This new guidance is extremely disruptive to students and to universities like Lehigh. OISS has been in direct contact with our international students to provide guidance and support. Furthermore, we are working with our congressional leaders, partner organizations and peer colleges and universities to collectively take action in support of our international students.

Additional Resources