From the President

A Message to Our International Students

The following message was shared with students on the International Student Programs website in response to the federal Student and Exchange Visitor Program's July 6 announcement of new rules for F-1 Visa students.

July  8, 2020

We strongly disagree with this short-sighted rule change, which immediately created uncertainty, stress and hardship for you, our international students, and our college as a whole.

As international students, you are an integral part of our diverse college community, contributing unique experiences and perspectives to the educational experience that De Anza offers to all students. This new directive from the Trump Administration puts you in a grossly unfair position.

De Anza College has been following local, state and federal health guidelines in providing online instruction to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. This new requirement seems designed to pressure colleges into providing in-person instruction. It is essential that the college retain the flexibility to provide instruction in ways that best serve students, and help ensure their safety.

We are actively exploring all options to ensure that you can continue receiving an outstanding education from De Anza College, while protecting your health and that of our resident students, faculty and staff.

Lloyd A. Holmes,
President, De Anza College

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