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Statement on Proposed Department of Homeland Security Rule

September 28, 2020

Dear faculty, staff and students:

While the university is actively reviewing the proposed rule submitted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, we will say that the spirit of this proposed rule is deeply concerning and a flagrant disregard for the value our international students and scholars bring to American universities and colleges. The proposed rule adds needless complexity to a system that has worked to bring thousands of bright, motivated international students and scholars to Michigan State over the years—Spartans who have made countless contributions in our shared pursuit of solving global challenges and improving lives across the world.

Michigan State will continue to advocate on behalf of our international Spartans. We will be submitting a comment letter in opposition to the proposed rule, and will work with our colleagues in higher education associations and professional organizations to demonstrate the significant negative impact this proposed rule would have on Michigan State and our important international student and scholar community.

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.

Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D.

Steven Hanson, Ph.D.
Associate Provost and Dean for International Studies and Programs