HMC Update for International Students

July 14: The policy outlined below as been changed: International Students to be Allowed into U.S. if Classes Online.

Dear Students,

Harvey Mudd College values our international students and the diversity of thought and experience that you bring to our community. By now, you may have seen the latest guidance released earlier today from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) regarding Fall 2020.  We know that this news has brought frustration, fear and great deal of uncertainty to you and your families. Please know that we are committed to working with you to find a solution that provides you the ability to continue to study either in the United States or in your home country. Because of the way we are planning to open in fall 2020, these three points are amongst the most important aspects that affect our students:

  1. We will update the SEVP of our plans to offer a hybrid delivery model to our students and will certify that our curriculum will not be entirely online for the fall semester on individual I-20s.
  2. International students who plan to take all of their HMC courses online will not be granted visas to come to the U.S. If they are already in the U.S., they will have to depart the country or take other measures such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction in order to remain in lawful status.
  3. Given HMC’s adoption of a hybrid model for this fall 2020 semester, F-1 students may take “more than one class or three credit hours online,” but no more than “the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree program” (not an entirely online course load).

The College will send another communication by July 14 to give you more information. We understand that your questions may be unanswered and for now, we ask that you contact Evelyn Real at ereal@hmc.edu for issues related to your F-1 status and Amy Bibbens at abibbens@hmc.edu regarding questions about classes or leaves.  Evelyn and Dr.G will have a webinar for international students and their families only on July 14 at 7 p.m. PST. More information on that will be forthcoming.  You may also want to look at the SEVP ICE Guidance on COVID-19 FAQ page for continued updates on the situation.

Finally, we know that this news has been stressful for many of you. Please know that you can continue to use available support systems including our Campus Telehealth system available 24 hours a day campus.health (code:HMC2020), Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services by calling 909.621.8202 and pressing 1, or contacting the Dean of Students Office at dean_of_students@hmc.edu or 909.821.8075.

Sincerely,

Anna Gonzalez, vice president for student affairs and dean of students
Lisa Sullivan, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty