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June 2020 BA-PIER Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
Maria Tcha
12:18
Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well
Becky Petrow
12:21
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IzX56uNCpyNh2vvC9pirea3m8VzAvsSWpZNKoxy5n58/edit?usp=sharing
Michelle Poggi
13:55
yes
Clair Yeo-Sugajski
13:56
Yes, I was able to access the agenda
Becky Mirza
13:57
Yes, I was bale
Yuri Goda
14:09
Yes, I was able as well.
Becky Petrow
26:25
Hi all - I've resent the correct meeting link to everyone who RSVPd, in case they didn't get the update.
Becky Petrow
34:17
If you have follow-up questions, please type them in the Chat. Thanks!
Chikako Walker
37:05
It is a special procedure for COVID-19
Olga Paly
38:26
Not that I know of
Olga Paly
38:47
Many students withdraw because they were failing
Terry
39:23
Our college allowed instructors to make the decision to give EW without student input.
Drew Gephart
40:15
Prior to COVID though instructors could drop students from class before a certain date as well, right?
Terry
42:24
Yes, but this was allowed after the end of the term, at the grade turn in.
Drew Gephart
43:44
makes sense, Terry. Yeah that's a tricky one if instructors are dropping students after the end of the term.
Martha Levin
43:57
So if I am understanding, a lot of these questions we can't answer with certainty until we receive additional guidance from SEVP about Fall 2020?
Kathy Harrington
44:13
Can a student apply for OPT while studying out of the U.S?
Chikako Walker
44:38
And the new guidance for the fall is expected to come out at the end of this month?
Martha Levin
44:39
particularly for students in initial status outside of the U.S.?
Becky Petrow
44:53
Unfortunately, that's correct. We will look into hosting another meeting after Fall guidance comes out at the end of June.
Martha Levin
45:35
We are continuing to issue initial I-20s even though we have announced that "most" classes are online until there is more clarity.
Martha Levin
45:52
Thank you Becky and all for this wonderful forum during this difficult time for ISSS !
Olga Paly
46:16
Applicant must be in valid F-1 status when he's applying for OPT.
Manasi Devdhar-Mane
48:24
Can we talk a little bit more about 5 months rule for students who are outside the US and do not take full time course load with distance learning option. can we keep their I-20 active or should we terminate it since anyways the student will be out of the US for more than 5 months...correct?
Chikako Walker
50:30
This is probably up to the Fall guidance, but if a transfer student wants to go back to his/her home country over the summer and return to the U.S. to take courses online for the fall, can we register them in SEVIS?
Manasi Devdhar-Mane
52:22
Thank you!
Aurelien Drai
00:52:28
Would you be able to please drop the PDF file or the link to the chat? For the Q&A currently displayed on the screen. Thank you so much!
Remi
55:23
This is the agenda, including questions. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IzX56uNCpyNh2vvC9pirea3m8VzAvsSWpZNKoxy5n58/edit
Clair Yeo-Sugajski
55:31
https://www.ice.gov/doclib/coronavirus/covid19faq.pdf link to the faq
Motoko
55:48
A student graduated in May and her flight back home was canceled. The next flight available will be in July, a week after her grace period ends. Would that be a problem?
Motoko
56:46
right, just a few days after the grace period.
sarah.m.persau@hult.edu
57:02
We have been entering remarks in the SEVIS record documenting the student’s attempts to leave
Olga Paly
57:12
how would they contact USCIS?
sarah.m.persau@hult.edu
57:16
This is what was recommended in the last meeting I attended
Nathan Benzschawel
57:56
We’ve been advising students to try to catch a flight from the US to Canada to their home country and if that is not possible, keep all possible evidence that the student has been trying to leave (flight tickets, cancellation emails, emails with their DSO), etc. Also put a note in SEVIS.
Motoko
57:57
Thanks!
Manasi Devdhar-Mane
58:42
Thank you Ron and Lamberto! Stay Safe!
Doriann Tran
58:42
Thank you, Becky, for organizing this meeting!
Manasi Devdhar-Mane
59:33
I cannot see the poll
ashleymachado
01:00:33
Got it!
Chikako Walker
01:00:36
Good!
Manasi Devdhar-Mane
01:00:37
yes
Terry
01:01:56
where is the poll
Terry
01:02:48
no
Clair Yeo-Sugajski
01:03:04
if you answer it, it will go away until Becky shares the results
Mei Cooley
01:04:38
Our school is still finalizing our instruction modes, but I am working with the Academic Dean’s Office to ensure that our initial F-1 students will take those hybrid classes in-person.
Kathy Harrington
01:11:54
We want to move to a hybrid model where students will have a choice to be in the classroom of watch live via Zoom. We are just testing new equipment to enable this.
Nathan Benzschawel
01:15:04
Can you repeat the question, please?
Remi
01:16:17
We're going through the pre-submitted questions, 4th bullet down right now.
Terry
01:17:56
We suggested volunteer work
Kathryn Kohut
01:18:37
There is also the option of self-employment for OPT to take contract based work.
Mei Cooley
01:18:48
We are suggesting the same as @Terry.
Yuri Goda
01:19:27
@ Kathy, I think it will help everyone if you can share the self-employment
Yuri Goda
01:19:56
Jeff Epstein
Kathryn Kohut
01:26:10
To be self-employed, student must start a business (e.g. obtain a business license) to seek work in their area of study
Remi
01:40:31
to become a member if you aren't already: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeBZp7BUZLeGpzNzfrQJzIWHIFxC-0OPYAbYOuM_6JqzwcP4Q/viewform
Kathryn Kohut
01:40:42
Thanks Remi!
Kathryn Kohut
01:43:34
Wow, it's always nice to hear good news! Perhaps fewer students are applying for OPT right now.
Remi
01:44:21
thanks all for turning in membership apps. I'll get back to you within a few days to confirm you're on the member list :)
Becky Petrow
01:46:00
admin@bapier.com
Mei Cooley
01:46:39
Thanks Becky and Remi!
Becky Petrow
01:46:46
ba-pier@googlegroups.com
ashleymachado
01:46:57
Thanks, Becky and all, for this meeting!
Remi
01:47:20
Thanks all for participating :)
Olga Paly
01:47:26
Thank you!
Mio Matsuhisa
01:47:30
Thanks Becky and Remi!
Maria Tcha
01:47:35
thanks