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The Trump administration announced last week it will strip international college students of their U.S. visas if their classes are online. The move, which could force many students to leave the U.S., is now the subject of a legal battle. 17 states and the District of Columbia have filed a lawsuit against the administration. New York is not one of the states, but locally, the University of Rochester has filed an amicus brief supporting Harvard and MIT’s lawsuit to block the directive. This hour, we’re joined by local college leaders and international students who discuss the impact of the policy. Our guests:

  • Joyce Jacobsen, president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Jane Gatewood, vice provost for global engagement at the University of Rochester, and co-chair of the university’s Coronavirus University Restart Team (CURT)
  • Sreyan Kanungo, Hobart and William Smith student (Class of 2023) from Bangladesh
  • Sakhile Ntshangase, University of Rochester student (Class of 2021) from South Africa, and chair of the UR Student Association’s International Student Affairs Committee

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The president of the University of Rochester announced Friday that the school would file an amicus brief supporting a lawsuit by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to block a new federal directive regarding international students.

The directive, issued Monday by the Trump administration, would strip international students of their visas if their instruction goes entirely online this fall, effectively forcing them to leave the country.