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The Yale administration has a responsibility to the international students it brings to Yale:

  • Yale’s administration should make public statements and provide clear documentation of the academic and economic value of international students to the University.
  • President Levin should continue to lobby for a streamlined visa application and renewal process. Graduate students should be apprised of these activities and their progress.
  • Hardship fund for people stuck outside the US due to visa delays
  • Commitment to waive the SEVIS fee for all international students
  • Improved English language training, including summer courses before classes begin (with full room and board), writing tutors, expanded one-on-one tutoring program
  • Alternatives to the SPEAK test
  • Assurance of equal requirements and pay/funding for international and domestic student

2006: Rally in support of Xuemei Han, a fourth-year student in Ecology and Environmental Biology facing discrimination, expulsion from the University, and deportation. ISOC, joined by 200 GESO members, rally at HGS. Her case becomes a national story in China, with multiple live interviews about her situation airing on China’s largest television stations. Xuemei Han is allowed to stay at Yale, and transfers to the Forestry program, as she requested, with a new advisor and full funding.

2005: The International Students Organizing Committee (ISOC) submits a class-action grievance signed by a majority of Chinese students on campus to President Levin, calling for the fair treatment of Yale’s international scholars

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