This message was sent to UB international students on March 13th, 2020.
Dear International Students,
As you know from the recent announcement from our Provost, UB is transitioning to online instruction in order to reduce the potential spread of the novel coronavirus and to better ensure the health and safety of our university community. On behalf of the Office of International Education, I am writing to reassure you that this change will not negatively affect your immigration status or your academic progress at UB. As Provost Weber has made clear, campus housing, libraries, transportation and other campus services will continue to operate normally. Please be assured that you may continue your studies here at UB without interruption once instruction resumes after spring break.
International Student Services (ISS) has received guidance from the U.S. government that they intend to be flexible with temporary adaptations to online classes. The government recognizes there are extenuating circumstances because our courses were not intended to be online. Provided international students can continue to make normal progress in a full course of study as required by federal regulations, students’ legal immigration status is not in jeopardy. Please plan to participate in your classes in the format in which they are offered when they resume on Monday, March 23rd.
ISS has developed a helpful Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to address many of the questions and concerns you may have at this time. Please feel free to contact ISS at any time with any questions or concerns not addressed on the FAQ page. For continued coronavirus updates, please monitor UB’s COVID-19 website.
My colleagues and I stand ready to assist you through this transition and offer our assurance that UB will continue to provide you an excellent educational experience.
Please accept my best wishes.
John J. Wood
Interim Vice Provost for International Education