Community Message from Dean David Chard – 7/9/2020

Dear BU Wheelock Community,

You are likely aware that on Monday, July 6th, U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced a change in policy affecting international students throughout the country. In brief, if this policy is enacted, international students on F-1 visas would be required to leave the U. S. if they were taking classes entirely online.

President Brown and Provost Morrison are reviewing the policy and its implications for BU students. As you read in President Brown’s letter yesterday, the university is working in concert with other institutions to speak out against this “misguided policy change.”  Additionally, you should expect further guidance from BU with regard to the implications of this change to our students and their academic progress.

I reach out today to reinforce BU Wheelock’s commitment to our international students. As a community, we benefit tremendously from students who come from outside the U.S. to pursue their degrees in education and human development. Their presence in our classes, labs, centers, and clinics enriches our learning experiences and are crucial to the quality of our programs. The announced policy changes are unjust, cruel, and senseless and put our international students and our programs at needless risk. When confronted with policies that seek to divide us or diminish members of our community, it’s important that we speak out and reach out to those most impacted and redouble our efforts to make our community more just and inclusive.

We encourage you to stay tuned for further guidance from BU leadership on this policy change and how it might impact you. We will continue to communicate with our community, particularly our international students, as more information becomes available.


David J. Chard, Ph.D.

Dean, ad interim