July 7, 2020: Statement on new government guidance regarding international students

The worldwide pandemic we’re all facing together has only highlighted the need for more global collaboration, not less. The federal government’s new policy that places additional restrictions on international students is profoundly concerning and incredibly unfair to those who have come to us to further their educations. MSU is home to more than 5,500 international students who add to the vibrancy of our local community and the health of its economy, as well as to the educational and research advancements that move our world forward. This disappointing policy creates great anxiety among members of our international student community, who may have to pause or cut short their educational journeys through no fault of their own.  

To our Spartan international student community, know this: We are here for you and we will continue to fight for you. You deserve better.

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.

For more information on the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidance announcement, read this message from Office for International Students and Scholars Director Krista McCallum Beatty.