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Cal Poly students create petition in response to ICE announcement

Posted at 10:50 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 01:53:03-04

Students for Immigration Justice along with other Cal Poly students have created a petition that "(demands) that Cal Poly either guarantee that all international students can take at least one designated in-person class."

Over 4,700 students have signed as of July 9.

The petition was created in response to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announcement, which states that international students would not be allowed to remain in the country if their university went solely online.

The petition asks for at least one in-person class and verifying space for students. Also asking that students unable to attend in-person classes because of health concerns should be allowed to take classes independent study to fulfill that in-person requirement.

"We fear that having students sent to their home countries would irreparably disrupt their education, adding more stress during this difficult situation, and causing them to perhaps not be able to finish their degrees," the petition reads. "This would, of course, inevitably tarnish the school’s reputation and affect future recruitment of world-class students."