Fall 2020 Update

Fall 2020 Update: Wright State University’s Dayton and Lake Campuses plan to return to teaching for 2020 Fall Semester on August 24 with a dynamic and flexible mixture of in-person and remote courses. Read more about our Right Here. Wright State. This Fall. plan.

International Students and Applicants COVID-19 FAQ

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has asked Higher Education Institutions to temporarily move to online/remote teaching to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information on the FAQs listed below, please visit, https://www.ice.gov/doclib/coronavirus/covid19faq.pdf

FAQs for Wright State International Students and Applicants

  • How are Wright State University classes being taught for Summer 2020?

    Summer A and C terms begin May 11. Summer B term begins June 22. Registration for summer courses is ongoing through WINGS Express. Courses in all three terms will be delivered remotely.

  • Do I need to enroll in classes for Summer 2020?

    International students who have maintained status and enrolled full time for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 are not required to enroll in summer term classes.

  • Can I enroll in classes for Summer 2020 even though they are completely online?

    SEVP (the Student Exchange Visitor Program) has provided guidance about this situation. International students who have been in the US and enrolled in a Program are permitted to take classes online temporarily, provided they follow program and school polices during this period.  Exceptions will include clinicals, practicals, internships, and other types of field experiences. In each of these cases, students should contact the director or chair of the program to learn more details about their current status and to receive additional instructions.

  • Can international students participate in online classes from outside the U.S. and still maintain their status?

    Yes, nonimmigrant students can temporarily engage in distance-learning, either from within the U.S. or outside the country, in light of COVID-19.

  • Will students be able to return to the United States if they are continuing their studies outside of the country as a result of COVID-19?

    Students who continue to make normal progress in their course of study remain eligible for admission into the United States.  However, because of the changing array of travel restrictions, nonimmigrant students should refer to their local embassy's website through the U.S. Department of State for any updates about visa issuance. Also, DHS and CDC websites both provide information about current travel restrictions to the United States.

  • How do I get immigration advising during this time?

    At the time all immigration advising is being done via email and/or Microsoft teams calls if necessary.  Please email Fei in regards to CPT and initial OPT at fei.yu@wright.edu and Kim at kimberly.brumbaugh@wright.edu for all other immigration issues.

  • Is there Coronavirus on campus?

    At the time of this writing, there are no reported cases of Coronavirus infection (COVID19) on campus. The move to temporary online teaching at Higher Education Institutions was requested by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, to protect students and prevent the spread of the infection. To protect yourself and others, please follow the safety precautions referenced in the links below. For more information, please visit:

    https://www.wright.edu/coronavirus 

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

  • Can non-immigrant students participate in online classes from outside the U.S. and still maintain their non-immigrant status?

    Yes, non-immigrant students can temporarily engage in distance-learning, either from within the U.S. or outside the country, in light of COVID-19.

  • Will students be able to return to the United States if they are continuing their studies outside of the country as a result of COVID-19?

    Students who continue to make normal progress in their course of study remain eligible for admission into the United States. However, because of the changing array of travel restrictions, non-immigrant students should refer to their local embassy's website through the U.S. Department of State for any updates about visa issuance. Also, DHS and CDC websites provide information about current travel restrictions to the United States.

  • I am a current international student planning to change my major or move to a new degree. Who should I contact?

    Please email international-admissions@wright.edu or sending a message to WhatsApp +937-231-4230.

  • How can I get international admissions questions answered during this time?

    Please email international-admissions@wright.edu or send a message to WhatsApp +937-231-4230.

  • Can students with proper authorization participate in curricular practical training (CPT) while they are abroad?

    Students may engage in CPT during their time abroad, provided they are:

    • Enrolled in a program of study in which CPT is integral to the program of study;
    • Their DSO authorized CPT in advance of the CPT start date; and
    • Either the employer has an office outside the United States or the employer can assess student engagement and attainment of learning objectives electronically.
  • If students cannot or will not return to school when in-person instruction resumes, should their records be terminated for authorized early withdrawal?

    Once a school returns to normal operations, if students cannot or choose not to return to the United States to study, DSOs should terminate the records. Refer to the Terminate Student article in the SEVIS Help Hub on Study in the States for additional information.

  • Can DSOs electronically send signed Forms I-20 to students instead of physically mailing the forms?

    Yes, due to COVID-19, DSOs may electronically send Forms I-20 to student email addresses listed in SEVIS.

  • Will schools need to provide students with their original Form I-20 (ink-signed copies) when schools reopen?

    Forms I-20 issued electronically or with electronic signatures—as permitted during the COVID-19 emergency—will remain valid until students have a need for an updated Form I-20.

  • How long is an electronic or digital travel signature valid on the Form I-20? Is it valid for the same amount of time as an ink signature?

    An electronic or digital travel signature will be valid for the same duration as an ink signature (12 months for F).

  • If students wish to drop courses due to dissatisfaction with online courses not providing the same level of instruction, can a school submit a procedural change plan that allows this and keep the students' SEVIS records Active?

    No, students should maintain a full course of study to the extent possible. If a student is unwilling to take online courses or participate in other alternate forms of study as provided in the school's procedural adaptation plan to SEVP, they should request a temporary absence and be terminated for Authorized Early Withdrawal.

  • Many students' on-campus employment opportunities are now being conducted remotely while campuses are closed or students are able to perform their work duties from home. Can F students engage in remote work for on-campus employment?

    If the current on-campus employment opportunity has transitioned to remote work or the employment can be done through remote means, students may continue to engage in on-campus employment remotely.


Reminder of Online Class Requirements

  • All Wright State classes for the remainder of the Spring Semester are totally online!!
  • Whatever your class requirements are, you are responsible for those requirements, whether you are in the US or abroad.
  • Remember to be mindful of time differences to accommodate for your classes.
  • Please communicate any travel plans with your professors.

UCIE Procedures to Obtain a Travel Signature

Please remember all students must be back for the Fall Semester which starts August 24, 2020. Before returning to the US, please check the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for a list of Travelers Prohibited from Entry to the US.

  • Email UCIE at askucie@wright.edu your international travel plans
  • SUBJECT LINE SHOULD BE – "TRAVEL REQUEST"
  • In the body of the email put tentative travel dates
  • Go abroad or return to your home country
  • 30 days prior to returning to the US, email askucie@wright.edu of your plans to return and we will print and mail you an updated I-20
  • If you do not follow these procedures and you do not have a valid travel signature, your return could be delayed
  • More information available at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladviso...