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Northwestern Responds to ICE Announcement

See Leadership Notes for additional messages from Northwestern leaders.

Dear members of the Northwestern community,

Northwestern is studying the new ICE announcement closely to determine how the modifications to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program may impact our international students.

Given the pandemic, the University plans to continue ramping up research and to offer both in-person and remote classes this fall as students return to campus in greater numbers. Since there will be a number of in-person classes, we are hopeful most international students will remain eligible to study on our campus this academic year, and we will be taking steps to help ensure that our international students are in compliance with the new policy.

We remain firmly committed to ensuring that international students are able to study at Northwestern, both remotely and in person, this year. As a premier global academic institution, we bring together the best and the brightest from around the world to learn from our faculty and one another and to conduct research that addresses the most cutting-edge science and the most pressing global challenges. Our international students are critical to this mission. They bring much needed expertise, diverse perspectives and a global outlook to our classrooms and our laboratories, and they are a critical part of what makes our community so special.

We are grateful for all that our international students bring to our community, and Northwestern remains committed to supporting them in every way possible. A Wildcat is a Wildcat, no matter their nationality.

Kathleen Hagerty
Interim Provost and Professor