TU's ongoing commitment to international students

July 13, 2020

President Schatzel sent a message on Monday reaffirming Towson University's commitment to international students.

Today, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced that his office will represent Maryland and the University System of Maryland (USM) in joining a multistate lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Towson University is wholly supportive of University System of Maryland’s actions, and I will be working with Chancellor Perman, other USM Presidents, and the Office of the Attorney General on this lawsuit to stop ICE from implementing these callous measures, which threaten international students, punish them without cause and jeopardize their safety and wellbeing — amid a pandemic nonetheless.

The lawsuit stems from guidance issued last week stating that international students on F-1 and M-1 visas may not take “a full online courseload” and remain in the U.S. This ICE guidance is contrary to the inclusive mission of Towson University, to relentlessly support all our students to thrive and realize their fullest potential.

We remain confident that our commitment to offering face-to-face and hybrid courses allows our international students to continue to pursue their degrees at TU. We look forward to welcoming our students back to classes next month.

Kim Schatzel, Ph.D.