Fall 2020 Remote & Hybrid Learning Options

Jackson College will be adopting a hybrid model for the Fall 2020 semester which begins August 31, 2020. This model is a mixture of online and in-person courses.

Course options will include:

  • Fully Online Courses
  • Hybrid Courses – online lecture with in-person lab and instruction

On July 15, 2020, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a FAQ.  This FAQ was to replace the now rescinded July 6, 2020 directive and revert to a policy that existed in March 2020. This information represents our best reading of the ICE guidance and regulations as of August 3, 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the current policy?
    1. On July 15, 2020, ICE’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issued an FAQ document
    2. On July 24, 2020 ICE issued Clarifying Questions for Fall 2020.
  • I am a continuing F-1 international students with an active SEVIS record at Jackson College, what does this mean to me?
    • Continuing international students can take classes in various modes:
      1. In-person
      2. Hybrid
      3. Fully remote (online)
    • It is our current understanding that there will be no effect on a student’s SEVIS record based on the mode of course they take as long as the student remains enrolled full time and has no other violations of status such as unauthorized employment or unauthorized drop below full-time enrollment.
    • If you are a continuing F-1 international student, that started at Jackson College prior to Spring of 2020, you may take classes fully online during the Fall 2020 semester from outside the United States. Your record will remain active if you maintain full-time enrollment (12 credit hours).
    • When Jackson College returns to normal operations, students must return to campus to maintain active SEVIS status.
  • I am a New Initial International student scheduled to start at Jackson College Fall 2020. Will I be able to start my studies as planned?

    Yes but, take note of the following:

    • New students outside the United States may take classes 100% online while they remain outside of the United States.
        • Your I-20 record would remain in initial status and you would be encouraged to defer your start date to our Winter 2021 semester.
        • Your record would only be activated after you arrived in the United States and enrolled in in-person classes. Note: Winter 2021 in-person study is not guaranteed due the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.
        • An I-20 and Active SEVIS record are not required to enroll in online courses from outside the United States.

    • International Students with Initial SEVIS I-20 may not enter the United States to take a fully online course of study.

    International students with an Initial SEVIS I-20 may enter the United States if their schedule is not 100% online.

    • International students with I-20 records marked “initial attendance” taking at least one in-person class (this may be 100% in-person or courses that are a mixed delivery with a meaningful in-person component) may still be able to study in the United States.
  • What if I start the Fall 2020 semester in an in-person class or hybrid model class and then it moves to online during the semester?

    According to the July 24, 2020 guidance, students pursuing studies in the Unites States for the Fall 2020 semester may remain in the United States even if their school moves to a fully online instruction.

  • If a student transfers their record to Jackson College for the Fall 2020 will they be considered a continuing or new student?
    • If the transfer student is already in the United States they would be considered continuing for enrollment purposes. Students must report to the Jackson College international office within 15 days of their program start date.
    • If the transfer student is outside the United States and does not enter the Unites States for Fall 2020, their SEVIS record will remain in initial status. Students should e-mail International@jccmi.edu to further discuss.
      • Students in Initial Status cannot start a new program of study outside the United States
      • DSOs are unable to defer the start date for transfer student records in SEVIS
        • Currently the DSO will need to contact the SRC to request data fix for each case when a student is ready to re-enter the United States
  • If I enroll full time while in the United States and my visa expires, do I need to renew my visa?

    No, if you remain in the US, you do not need to renew your visa because valid stay is governed by your I-94 and your I-20 or DS-2019

  • I heard I need to get a new I-20 because of the new guidance, is this true?

    No, under the July 24 Clarifying Questions by ICE, this is no longer necessary unless there are other substantive changes that would trigger a Form I-20 update (i.e. program extension, change of program, etc.).

  • Can I still apply to work or continue to work on campus?
    • If the current on-campus employment opportunity has transitioned to remote work, the student can continue or apply to work. Students and campus employer should document and be able to explain how the students are providing services associated with the employment while not at the physical location of the employer.
    • Students may not work more than 20 hours per week while school is in session. Students should still maintain regular employment requirements in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulation. A link to more information on the Study In The States website is listed below:

    https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/sevis-help-hub/student-records/fm-student-employment

  • Can I apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) remotely?
    • Students may engage in CPT during their time outside the United States, provided they are:
      1. Enrolled in a program of study in which CPT is integral to the program of study;
      2. Their DSO authorized CPT in advance of the CPT start date; and
      3. Either the employer has an office outside the United States or the employer can assess student engagement and attainment of learning objectives electronically.
    • As noted in SEVP’s March 13, 2020, COVID-19: Guidance for SEVP Stakeholders, this enrollment may be online. All other requirements at 8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)(i) still apply
  • Can I still apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT)?
    • Students inside the United States:
      • If you meet all the eligibility requirements, you are still eligible for OPT.
    • Students outside the United States may still be eligible, DHS (Department of Homeland Security) may issue additional guidance. In the meantime:
      • The application for employment is on the form I-765 which requires you to submit the application while in the United States. OPT applications are processed by USCIS. When you sign the I-765, you are certifying you are filing the form while you are in the United States.
  • Students Currently engaged in OPT:
    • If students are working fewer than 20 hours a week due to the economic impact should they cease engaging in OPT?
      • For the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, SEVP considers students who are working in their OPT opportunities fewer than 20 hours a week as engaged in OPT.
    • Will there be an extension or suspension of the 90-day period of unemployment for OPT?
      • No decision has been made yet to implement a specific exemption for exceeding the regulatory limits for unemployment.
    • Can F students who were previously employed and are now unemployed due to COVID-19 apply for unemployment benefits?
      • Students should contact their local or state employment agency for more information.