American University is taking action to support international students in the wake of the federal government’s new rules restricting access and opportunities for international students attending colleges and universities in the United States. The university, joining 58 others around the nation and in the District, signed on to an amicus brief in support of the Harvard/MIT lawsuit challenging the policy.
The university is committed to finding ways to limit the disruption to international students’ studies. AU serves approximately 3,000 international students annually, and the perspectives and experiences they bring are integral to AU’s educational mission. The university will continue to support international students as they navigate challenges amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
In a separate announcement, AU President Sylvia M. Burwell joined seven Patriot League university presidents in denouncing the federal action, noting the government’s decision creates an “unnecessary, and potentially dangerous situation in which schools and their international students will face undue hardship…the federal government should be working to help colleges and universities increase access to higher education, rather than making difficult public health decisions play out as punitive measures.”