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October 15, 2020

 

Table of Contents

  1. Duration of Status (D/S) Rule: Resources & Town Hall 10/16  ( more)
  2. GLACIER Tax Treaty Renewal 10/15 - 12/15 ( more)
  3. UHS Flu Vaccine Clinic – Before the End of October! ( more)
  4. UHS Health Promotion Office-Sleep Challenge ( more)
  5. UCC Drop-In Sessions for Students of Color – 10/15, 10/22 ( more)
  6. Meliora Month 2020 ( more)

 

 

Duration of Status (D/S) Rule: Resources & Town Hall 10/16

Following our recent communications about the new proposed rule that will eliminate Duration of Status (D/S) for F and J visa holders, ISO has published a summary document covering the scope and impact of this proposal. On September 25, 2020, US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the subject of “Establishing a Fixed Time Period of Admission and an Extension of Stay Procedure for Nonimmigrant Academic Students, Exchange Visitors, and Representatives of Foreign Information Media” ( link; DHS Docket No. ICEB‐2019‐0006). The rule poses a significant shift in government policy, requiring international students and scholars to obtain a fixed period of time to pursue their academic objectives and secure explicit DHS authorization for any continuation or change of program. The University is preparing a statement in opposition of this rule to submit during the public comment process, available through 10/26/2020.

Please join us for a Virtual Town Hall to review the proposed rule, discuss the rulemaking process and timing, and ways the UR community can advocate against these regulatory changes.

Friday, October 16, 2020 at 11:00 am EDT
Zoom: https://rochester.zoom.us/s/98409818620

Please submit questions or concerns in advance via our web form.

Additionally, many in our UR community are deeply concerned with this potential policy change.  Public comments must be submitted through the designated Federal eRulemaking Portal on or before October 26, 2020. If you wish to submit your own comments to the rule, you must do so online.  NAFSA, our professional organization, has created a summary page of the regulations that may serve as a quick reference.  Your comments must be written in your personal capacity and not as a representative of the university, although you may submit comments anonymously if desired. In consultation with UR’s Government Relations team, please find suggested points to consider when providing comments:

  • What impact will this regulation have on your academic and career goals
  • What is the financial impact to you if you have to file an extension of stay every two/four years?
  • The impact of delays by USCIS in adjudicating Extension of Stay (EOS)
  • Your contribution to the university’s teaching and research mission
  • Provide examples of your research, projects that have made a difference to the community:  economic/social impact, e.g., and, if appropriate, how it relates to  U.S. national interest, e.g., COVID 19 research; cancer research; or other examples
  • How would this regulation diminish the U.S. eminence in higher education and research, particularly in STEM?

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GLACIER Tax Treaty Renewal 10/15 - 12/15

Between October 15th and December 15th of each year, some international students may receive emails from GLACIER about renewing their tax treaty documents for the following year. The ISO’s website has some basic information about what this means and what you should do! If you have any questions about tax treaties, please email the Payroll office at  glacier@hr.rochester.edu.

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UHS Flu Vaccine Clinic – Before the End of October!

Since flu shots are especially important this year, be sure to get yours from UHS before October ends! The University Health Service (UHS) will hold its annual campus-wide Flu Vaccine Clinic throughout the month of October in the Goergen Athletic Center. All students, staff and faculty are welcome. Please visit the Flu Vaccine Clinic website for more details on the changes they have implemented this year to ensure proper social distancing protocols are met. All visits will be by appointment. Please bring your insurance card or a copy of both sides of your card. The UR Student Health Insurance Plan covers the cost of the flu vaccine—if you are using a different insurance, please check with your provider to see if there will be a copay (UHS will bill you through the mail later). Questions? Write to ldudman@uhs.rochester.edu.

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UHS Health Promotion Office - Sleep Challenge

The University Health Services office offers many opportunities for students to help stay calm, relaxed and mindful, especially during these chaotic times. The Health Promotion Office is offering an online program to help students get a better night’s sleep by offering tools and tips on sleep, diet and relaxation training.  If you’re interested in participating, registration is currently open.

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UCC Drop-In Sessions for Students of Color – 10/15, 10/22

The University Counseling Center (UCC) is offering Our Healing Breath, a drop-in group for undergraduate and graduate students of color who would like a space to process the impact of racial trauma and systemic racism. The sessions, which are facilitated by UCC therapists of color are being held  via Zoom, at 5:00 pm EDT.

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Meliora Month 2020

This year, even without the traditional Meliora Weekend, students can still participate in a wide range of intellectual and engaging University of Rochester programs. Meliora Month 2020 is live and online throughout the month of October. For more information, registration details, and a calendar of events, please visit the Meliora Month webpage.

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