Bradley University President Stephen Standifird said new rules from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requiring international students to take in-person classes to remain in the country won't affect Bradley students, but are still of "serious concern."
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued new restrictions Monday on international students planning to attend American colleges and universities this fall. The guidance from ICE states that international students are forbidden from taking a full online course load while residing in the U.S. The news comes as universities and colleges formulate plans to reopen during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with some opting for a mix of in-person and online learning.
Bradley University President Stephen Standifird is apologizing and announcing changes after a statement he issued earlier this week regarding recent tensions and unrest drew backlash from the university's black community.
For recent college graduates, trying to enter the job market during the COVID-19 pandemic is a daunting task. But Jon Neidy, executive director of Bradley University's Smith Career Center, says there are reasons to be optimistic.
Bradley University is eligible for up to $4.2 million in financial help through the federal CARES Act. But there's still a lot of uncertainty on when and how that money may benefit the institution and its students.
Bradley University President Gary Roberts said the institution is preparing to potentially slash operating expenses by 25 percent, or $40 million, as the COVID-19 pandemic deals a blow to the already financially-struggling school.
In an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, colleges across the country including Bradley University and Illinois Central College have moved to online classes allowing students to continue their education from home.