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A.  OWU Connection / IOCP Office – Lead Contacts, Mail & Courier 

Please note the following contact information in place for the summer:  

  • International Students: Darrell Albon djalbon@owu.edu   +1-740-368-3072
  • Study Abroad / Domestic Off-Campus Programs: Lisa Ho llho@owu.edu  +1-740-368-3075
  • OWU Connection Programs: Darrell Albon djalbon@owu.edu  +1-740-368-3072
  • After-hours / weekend contact  number:  +1-614-579-5398   (Please do not text this number.)
  • When calling, if no answer, please leave a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Mail, courier, and other deliveries to the OWU Connection / IOCP Office are collected and processed by IOCP staff Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please note that both FedEx and DHL are advising of transit/delivery delays.

B.  Travel and University-Supported Activity Restrictions

      1. All University-sponsored international travel and activity are prohibited until further notice, including study abroad. Restrictions remain for all international travel until further notice.
      2. All University-supported domestic travel and activities, including domestic semester-long programs, are restricted until further notice. Students wishing to engage in domestic off-campus activities will need to seek approval. Essential domestic travel for employees must be approved by their VP or Provost. Students needing additional guidance on domestic travel should contact the IOCP Office.
      3. The New York Arts Program has been canceled for the 2020 Fall Semester.  
      4. All planned University-sponsored student travel over the summer has been canceled. 
      5. For information on COVID-19 related restrictions on entry to the USA see: NAFSA Travel Resources (international education organization)
      6. Travel restrictions are changing frequently.  Prior to traveling review guidance provided by the government of your home country, of your country of citizenship, of the countries through which you are transiting, and of the USA.
      7. The general suspension of U.S. visa services at USA consulates and embassies abroad (based on reports of 14 July) is beginning to be lifted and many consulates and embassies are now accepting appointments; some of these appointments, however, are being scheduled for the fall. Emergency appointments and preponements may be available--check to confirm availability.  
      8. As of Friday, 17 July, students have been exempted from the strict limitation of travel into the USA from Canada and Mexico, having been deemed essential travelers.  Restrictions on entry for travelers entering to attend educational institutions from countries of the Schengen Agreement, Ireland and the UK have also been lifted. Restrictions still apply for those students who are traveling from Brazil, China, and Iran.
      9. For students who can travel to the USA, check viral testing and quarantine requirements for jurisdictions through which you will be transiting.
      10. OWU will have a viral testing program in place for all students including those who enter the USA and travel directly to campus. Students must sign up for an assigned arrival time. OWU will test all students as they arrive on-campus.  Students who test negative for the virus will not have to isolate/quarantine. There will be facilities on-campus to isolate/quarantine those who test positive or who have had a high risk of exposure. Faculty and staff will also be tested. For more information see the OWU Safe Campus Guide -- Returning to Campus.
      11. For more detailed information about travel restrictions for all countries, one of many resources is the International Air Travel Association (IATA) -- Interactive Travel Regulations / Restrictions Map. See also the IATA Know Before Your Go TravelCentre, which provides information about health requirements and regulations, required immigration documentation, and travel restrictions.
      12. For further information regarding travel restrictions, quarantine requirements, and documentation, Fragomen LLC has a very helpful online guide – look at the pdf titled Immigration Situation Overview for country-specific information.

C.  Information for International / Global Nomad Students

      1. OWU instructional procedures for the 2020 Fall Semester will be HYBRID.  Most classes will be in-person with the option to move to online if public health conditions warrant.
      2. F-1 Visa Students: On Tuesday, 14 July, DHS ICE SEVP rescinded the revised Temporary Final Rule that was released on 6 July and that was to be put in place for the Fall 2020 semester. The guidance issued in March, for the duration of the emergency, are now current.  On Friday, 24 July, DHS ICE SEVP released additional guidance ("Clarifying Questions for Fall 2020...."). Guidance sent to you in the last IOCP Bulletin should be reviewed--it is still current. 
      3. New F-1 Visa Students:  If you have an initial status I-20, please consult with the IOCP prior to making travel plans--we will provide a certification letter for you for your visa appointment and/or travel.  Students with initial status I-20's must will be required to enrol in a minimum number of in-person classes.  Please keep watch for updates to this website and for forthcoming IOCP Bulletins and IOCP Status Surveys  --  we will prioritize issuance of paperwork based on information received.
      4. Prior to traveling review guidance provided by the government of your home country, of your country of citizenship, of the countries through which you are transiting and of the USA.
      5. The general suspension of U.S. visa services at USA consulates and embassies abroad (based on reports of 17 July) is beginning to be lifted and many consulates and embassies are now accepting appointments; some of these appointments, however, are being scheduled for the fall. Emergency appointments and pre-ponements may be available.  Consult the website of the consulate or embassy, or contact them directly, for more information about services and also about requirements for travel to the USA.
      6. As of 17 July, students have been exempted from the strict limitation of travel into the USA from Canada and Mexico, having been deemed essential travelers. Restrictions on entry for travelers entering to attend educational institutions from countries of the Schengen Agreement, Ireland and the UK have also been lifted. Restrictions still apply for those students who are traveling from Brazil, China, and Iran.  
      7. For students who can travel to the USA, check viral testing and quarantine requirements for jurisdictions through which you will be transiting.  
      8. OWU will have a viral testing program in place for all students including those who enter the USA and travel directly to campus. Students must sign up for an assigned arrival time. OWU will test all students as they arrive on-campus.  Students who test negative for the virus will not have to isolate/quarantine. There will be facilities on-campus to isolate/quarantine those who test positive or who have had a high risk of exposure. Faculty and staff will also be tested. For more information see the OWU Safe Campus Guide -- Returning to Campus.
      9. For more detailed information about travel restrictions for all countries, one of many resources is the International Air Travel Association (IATA) -- Interactive Travel Regulations / Restrictions Map.  See also the IATA Know Before Your Go TravelCentre, which provides information about health requirements and regulations, required immigration documentation, and travel restrictions.
      10. For further information regarding travel restrictions, quarantine requirements and documentation, Fragomen LLC has a very helpful online guide – look at the pdf titled Immigration Situation Overview for country-specific information.
      11. Please read all emails from us, including the IOCP Bulletin, and follow IOCP guidance, especially the important information given regarding maintenance of immigration status for F-1 visa students and mandatory reporting. As you have seen, the situation is fluid
      12. OWU will provide sufficient fall semester remote learning options for continuing students who are unable to return to campus for personal medical or for travel limitation reasons.  
      13. New students outside of the USA who are not able to get a visa or otherwise to enter the USA will have course enrolment options so that they can take classes remotely for their first semester.
      14. Returning students can start to move back on campus on 17 August; the move-in period will likely extend through 18 August; Residential Life will assign specific move-in times for students.  Students can return to campus early with permission (see below). Classes for the Fall Semester will begin on 20 August, click here for the detailed Fall 2020 Academic Calendar.  Students should not arrive back on-campus after this date.
      15. You may return to campus early with permission – email Residential Life as soon as possible to advise of your situation. Some students have already requested and received permission to return in July. (Please note that there will be no food service on-campus until the start of the academic year.)
      16. If your F-1 visa is expiring in July or August 2020, consider making plans to return to the USA prior to its expiration. IOCP will continue to monitor USA consular services availability.
      17. The revised calendar for Spring 2020 will be published in the coming weeks.
      18. Importantly: Please carefully review the DHS Study in the States website: Study in the States – COVID-19 Page, also see the Study in the States -- Updates Page and, for more detail, see the SEVP FAQ Page. The US government has adjusted immigration regulations for international students to accommodate the exigencies created by the coronavirus pandemic, including the restrictions on online course registration, remaining in-status whilst out of the USA, and the "5-month" rule.  All students in F-1 visa status should review these websites. Please also review the DHS main Study in the States student website: Study in the States – Students.  Another helpful resource for information on travel issues and restrictions on entry to the USA is the NAFSA Travel Resources (international education organization) page. 
      19. There have been no changes to employment authorization regulations for students in F-1 visa status (except for some limited relaxing of restrictions on remote work). Reminders:  F-1 students cannot work off-campus without permission. On-campus work for an OWU department done remotely is permitted. Those currently authorized for CPT must notify Darrell within 10 days of any change in their CPT status. If you have any questions about your eligibility for employment, contact Darrell prior to agreeing to be employed. 
      20. 2020 Spring Graduates who are in F-1 visa status: You must either depart the USA, or apply for OPT, or transfer your SEVIS record to another SEVIS approved school within 60 days of your program completion date. If you had intended to depart but cannot get a flight out of the USA within 60 days, contact Darrell immediately about applying for a change-of-status to B-1 (tourist).
      21. Tax reporting deadlines have been moved to 15 July. If you have questions about your Glacier account or filing through Glacier, please contact Glacier directly. Please also remember to file any applicable state and local tax returns.
      22. International students are not eligible for the U.S. Government CARES Act $1,200 (Economic Impact Payment) through the IRS. You must return this to the US Government--please see questions 2 and 65 on this website for more information and instructions on returning the payment. US Global Nomads (US citizens) are eligible for CARES Act funding. Contact Darrell if you have questions.
      23. Returning books to the OWU Bookstore: The Bookstore understands the difficulty that international students might have in returning books after the SP/20 semester ends. Please contact the Bookstore directly as soon as possible to make alternate arrangements for the return of your books.  
      24. Health insurance: LewerMark (or GBG if you are an inter-collegiate athlete) enrolment for 2020/2021 will commence 1 August. Charges will appear on student bills in September.  The cost for 2020/2021 is anticipated to be about what it was last year ~$1,400 for 12 months. Continuing students will be automatically re-enrolled. The same waiver process as last year will be in-place.  If you will be learning remotely outside of the USA for the fall semester, your coverage will be waived and commence when you return to the USA.  New international students who will be entering the USA, will be covered starting 1 August. For those who have a petition for a waiver approved, charges will be removed. If students file a claim on the LewerMark insurance, then they will be billed for the policy coverage for the year. Students on OPT will need to advise the IOCP about their coverage through the OPT Reporting Form. Key dates: 1 August – coverage commences. 31 August – waiver requests due. Mid-September – charges placed on student account.
      25. If you have any questions, please contact Darrell directly. Do not hesitate to call the 24/7 cell number above if you have questions or concerns after business hours or on the weekend.

D.  Information for Students Studying Away (Study Abroad and Domestic Programs)

  1. Spring 2020 – Students who have studied off-campus should follow-up with their programs directly regarding arrangements for completion of course work, transfer of academic credit, and also regarding any refunds or other adjustments to their billing for which they might be eligible. Please see OWU IOCP Off-Campus Billing, Fees & Deposits, and Refunds information. 
  2. Summer 2020 – All 2020 Summer study away programs at partner institutions and organizations have been canceled. 
  3. Fall 2020 – Fall 2020 study abroad is canceled. Domestic study away programs will be reviewed and may also be canceled. Domestic study away students are encouraged to enroll in on-campus courses in addition to continuing with their plans for their domestic off-campus experience. Expect more guidance after 1 July.
  4. Spring 2021 – Spring 2021 study abroad programs may be canceled. Students are encouraged to expect postponement/cancellation and prepare by enrolling for classes on-campus. 

E.  Information about Travel-Learning Courses

  1. 2020 May Travel-Learning Courses have been postponed until 2021 May. Information about the new 2020/2021 Travel-Learning Course Program will be released in due course. Students have been de-registered from TLCs, except in a few extraordinary cases in which faculty have made alternate arrangements to complete the .25 Unit course work.
  2. Student charges for 2020 May Travel-Learning Courses have been removed from student accounts.  

F.  Information About Theory-to-Practice Grants, Small Grants and other Institutionally Sponsored Travel

  1. Theory-to-Practice, Small Grant, and institutionally sponsored student travel for the summer of 2020 has been canceled or postponed. Some very limited exceptions have been granted by the Provost for domestic experiences in laboratory settings. For questions about this, please contact Lisa Ho.
  2. Third Round (2020 March) of the 19/20 academic year: TPG proposals submitted for this round have been evaluated and feedback offered. Those which have been awarded have been postponed until restrictions are removed or have been canceled. For more information, contact Darrell.

G.  The OWU Connection Student Symposium

  • The 2020 Student Symposium is now online. The Student Symposium showcases the research and creative work of students across the academic spectrum and provides an opportunity for students to share their work with the OWU community and enter a dialogue that can spur ideas for new projects. Please visit the Student Symposium website.   

H.  The New York Arts Program (NYAP)

  • The Fall 2020 Semester for the NYAP has been canceled. Deposited / enrolled students may elect to be moved to the 2021 Spring Semester.  
  • The NYAP office is closed until 1 September 2020.  Any inquiries should be directed to Darrell Albon at djalbon@owu.edu.