JMU’s Center for Global Engagement is tracking new international students (F and J visa holders) coming to Harrisonburg from abroad and working with them to make arrival plans and comply with any quarantine requirements.

If, upon entry to the U.S., the federal and/or state government requires quarantine, international students are expected to follow those requirements. Currently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that international travelers selfquarantine for 14 days after arrival in a new country, and students are encouraged to
arrive in the U.S. 14 days before school begins in order to self-quarantine. For international students living in residence halls, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is collaborating with the Office of Residence Life regarding arrangements. ISSS recommends self-quarantine to any international travelers upon their arrival in the Harrisonburg area and prior to engaging the JMU community.

All new and returning international student-athletes participating in fall sports are required to quarantine according to CDC travel recommendations prior to participating in athletics. In the absence of any CDC travel restrictions or guidance, any student-athletes using air travel will be deemed high risk and require a minimum three-day quarantine.

In March 2020, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) removed the limit on the number of online courses F-1 and J-1 visa holders were allowed to take toward their full course of study due to COVID-19. This allowed F-1 and J-1 visa holders to take all courses online for the spring and summer. SEVP has not yet provided additional guidance for Fall 2020. Currently, all F-1 and J-1 visa holders in the U.S. are expected to participate in inperson classes this fall. F and J visa holders can take one (3 credit hour) online course toward their full course of study (9 credit hours for graduates and 12 credit hours for undergraduates).

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