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Global | Jul 16, 2020 |

A Message from Dean Rapaccioli: International Student Affairs, July 2020.

Dear Members of the Gabelli School Community,
 
We are very pleased that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Trump administration have rescinded the directive that would have prevented international students, solely taking online courses, from staying in the United States.
 
We are proud that Fordham University took immediate and swift action alongside the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU), in which we urged Department of Homeland Security to rescind this ruling upon its inception. Furthermore, Fordham University joined 180 colleges and universities in filing an amicus brief in support of Harvard University and MIT’s legal action against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which ultimately determined the rescission of this policy. This act of solidarity among peer institutions strongly affirms our support for the health, safety, and wellbeing of our international student population.
 
While engaging in successful advocacy at the national level, we continue to make internal arrangements to ensure that our international, and domestic, students have access to hybrid and or fully online course options to ensure good student visa status for our international community, and optimal personal health and safety for all Gabelli School students.
 
Rest assured that our Fordham Forward task force focused on the Fall 2020 reopening will be taking steps to align with local, state, and federal guidelines by enacting safe practices, in line with all regulations and recommendations. This includes frequent cleaning of university facilities, social distancing, and reduced capacity classrooms. While we cannot at this time predict the course of the pandemic, including a possible resurgence, Fordham University and the Gabelli School are prepared to take swift action to provide comprehensive solutions that ensure the safety and well-being of all members of our community.
 
Here at the Gabelli School, and greater Fordham University, we are committed to timely communication and transparency during these uncertain times. I encourage you to keep in close contact with your academic advisors, consult Gabelli School resources such as Fordham OIS, and keep your eye out for any ongoing communication from the Gabelli School or Fordham University regarding any updates or changes.
 
I wish you all health, wellness, and safety during these changing and challenging times. Do not hesitate to reach out to me, personally, with your questions and concerns.
 
Together, we will meet the challenges and overcome the obstacles.
 
Sincerely,

Donna Rapaccioli
Dean, Gabelli School of Business

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