Pacific Supports International Students

Pacific University stands with our international students. International students are an important part of our campus and local community, and we are committed to ensuring that they are able to continue their education with us.

This week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a new rule that would require international students to go home if their universities move fully online in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rule does allow for students to remain at universities that opt for a hybrid model, with a mix of in-person and online teaching combined. Pacific is pursuing a hybrid model, and we believe our students will not be negatively affected.

We also are working with the governor’s office, Department of Justice, and our state, regional and national higher education associations to explore how we may join efforts to prevent this policy coming into effect. 

The Office of International Programs is reaching out to all of our international students with more detailed information about the rule and providing them with support and encouragement at a very stressful time. International students who need immediate mental health support are also encouraged to contact Pacific’s Counseling Center during business hours at 503-352-2191 or through the new 24/7 Support and Crisis Line at 503-352-2999.

Thursday, July 9, 2020