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March 19, 2020

Dear international students,

How are you? It must be extremely hard being away from your home country during these turbulent times created by the coronavirus pandemic. Some of you may feel more isolated than normal as you have moved to online learning and administrators like the OIP team, have moved to working remotely.

Stay in Touch
Still, we are available now as always for you and your individual needs. Please take note of my cell phone number 816-668-6414 and feel free to text, WhatsApp or call me at any time.

I mean that. You can call to chat, complain, laugh...whatever you need. Or maybe you want to simply reach out and tell me you are OK.

F-1 Status
Certainly you have concerns about your F-1 status because we iterate over and over the necessity to have face to face classes to maintain your status.

The good news is SEVP has broadcast their understanding of the environment created by the coronavirus pandemic and the need for social distancing which calls for online classes. SEVP knows that online classes at this time are not only in your best interest, but also in the best interest of public health.

So be assured, your status is secure. We are communicating with SEVP as an institution, and all is in order.

Travel Registration 
You are encouraged to register all of your personal domestic and international travel. You can register online using the Register Travel form.

International Travel Caution
One other caution, it's important to note that if you travel internationally at this time, you may not be able to enter certain countries or be allowed entry back into the United States, depending on your destination or travel itinerary. Additionally, you may be subject to a quarantine upon arrival there.

Besides registering international travel, please plan to have an advising appointment with Irina Aris. These must be scheduled in advance of your travel.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Information
Also, remember the advice of the CDC relative to social distancing, washing your hands, phone hygiene, and home quarantining if you travel internationally at all, or domestically to certain states. Visit the CDC's Coronoavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) site for more information.

Finally, I want you to know that collectively you are on my mind every moment of the day. I look forward to our next opportunity to meet in person. Until then, kindly let me know how you are managing and how we might support your educational journey.

Stay in touch by email and phone, and I wish you calm and health in these uncertain times.

Kimberly Connelly, M.A.T.
KUMC Senior International Officer
Director, Office of International Programs

Dear employees,

It must be extremely hard during these turbulent times created by the coronavirus pandemic.  Some of you may feel more isolated than normal as the university transitioned to working remotely and we understand you have concerns about your H-1B status.

H-1B Status
One of the most frequently asked questions has been how will the transition to working remotely for the next two weeks affect my H-1B status especially since working from home might be considered a new jobsite.  As of right now, there has not been any guidance issued by the USCIS.  Nonetheless, there is a short-term placement rule that allows for no more than 30 consecutive days to work at a new jobsite. 

So be assured, your status is secure. The Office of International Programs, Human Resources and the university’s approved immigration attorney, Judy Bordeau, are closely monitoring the developments with the USCIS, and all is in order.

Stay in Touch
Still, we are available now as always for you and your individual needs. Please take note of my cell phone number 816-668-6414 and feel free to text, WhatsApp or call me at any time.

I mean that. You can call to chat, complain, laugh...whatever you need. Or maybe you want to simply reach out and tell me you are OK.

Travel Registration 
You are encouraged to register all of your personal domestic and international travel. You can register online using the Register Travel form.

International Travel Caution
One other caution, it's important to note that if you travel internationally at this time, you may not be able to enter certain countries or be allowed entry back into the United States, depending on your destination or travel itinerary. Additionally, you may be subject to a quarantine upon arrival there.

Besides registering international travel, please plan to have an advising appointment with Irina Aris. These must be scheduled in advance of your travel.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Information
Also, remember the advice of the CDC relative to social distancing, washing your hands, phone hygiene, and home quarantining if you travel internationally at all, or domestically to certain states. Visit the CDC's Coronoavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) site for more information.

Finally, I want you to know that collectively you are on my mind every moment of the day. I look forward to our next opportunity to meet in person. Until then, kindly let me know how you are managing and how we might support you.

Stay in touch by email and phone, and I wish you calm and health in these uncertain times.

Kimberly Connelly, M.A.T.
KUMC Senior International Officer
Director, Office of International Programs

Dear exchange visitors,

How are you? It must be extremely hard being away from your home country during these turbulent times created by the coronavirus pandemic. Some of you may feel more isolated than normal as you have moved to online learning and administrators like the OIP team, have moved to working remotely.

Stay in Touch
Still we are available now as always for you and your individual needs. Please take note of my cell phone number 816-668-6414 and feel free to text, WhatsApp or call me at any time.

I mean that. You can call to chat, complain, laugh...whatever you need. Or maybe you want to simply reach out and tell me you are OK.

J-1 Status
Certainly you have concerns about your J-1 status. The good news is the Department of State (DOS) has broadcast their understanding of the environment created by the coronavirus pandemic and the need for social distancing which calls for working remotely and online classes. DOS knows that working remotely or taking online classes at this time are not only in your best interest, but also in the best interest of public health.

So be assured, your status is secure. We are communicating with DOS as an institution, and all is in order.

Travel Registration 
You are encouraged to register all of your personal domestic and international travel. You can register online using the Register Travel form.

International Travel Caution
One other caution, it's important to note that if you travel internationally at this time, you may not be able to enter certain countries or be allowed entry back into the United States, depending on your destination or travel itinerary. Additionally, you may be subject to a quarantine upon arrival there.

Besides registering international travel, please plan to have an advising appointment with Irina Aris. These must be scheduled in advance of your travel.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Information
Also, remember the advice of the CDC relative to social distancing, washing your hands, phone hygiene, and home quarantining if you travel internationally at all, or domestically to certain states. Visit the CDC's Coronoavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) site for more information.

Finally, I want you to know that collectively you are on my mind every moment of the day. I look forward to our next opportunity to meet in person. Until then, kindly let me know how you are managing and how we might support your educational journey.

Stay in touch by email and phone, and I wish you calm and health in these uncertain times.

Kimberly Connelly, M.A.T.
KUMC Senior International Officer
Director, Office of International Programs


March 19, 2020

KUMC Summer Update

Dear students,
The situation in our world continues to devolve rapidly relative to mobility, so it is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that effective today, March 19, 2020, we are cancelling all Summer 2020 IEE's.

The Department of State has taken an unprecedented move and issued a Global Health Level 4 Advisory - DO NOT TRAVEL for the entire world.

Global Level 4 Health Advisory - Do Not Travel 19

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.

  • By policy, even at the current level 3, KUMC students would not be able to engage in an IEE without a petition, and we have never accepted a petition with DOS a level 4 advisory.
  • Health care systems in the US and around the world are strained due to patient care demanded by the coronavirus which prohibits our sending our learners out into these systems. Just as we have pulled all students from clinical elective rotations here at KUMC both for the protection of the learners as well as for the need to focus on patient care, we cannot add to other system overloads by sending our learners out into other strained systems.


AIRLINE TICKETS

  • OIP will be cancelling all tickets purchased for the faculty-led programs through our office.
  • If you purchased your own ticket, please communicate with the airline and request a refund. Even if refundable, you can expect to have a fee withheld.


PROGRAM PAYMENTS

  • Regarding the faculty-led programs for which OIP collects program fees, Stacie Rader will be communicating individually about the return of your payments after airline tickets have been cancelled and fees have been posted. Please expect refunds to be ready at the end of April.


For those of you who will not have another opportunity to engage in global health as a Jayhawk, I am terribly sorry for this lost opportunity. I hope all of you will hold on to your dream and motivation to engage in this type of educational opportunity again soon. As health care providers and researchers in training, you know very well how global health poses issues and problems for all of us. I hope this pandemic informs your engagement in global health and lends itself to more creativity and ingenuity.

At a time when it is easy to see how we are individually affected, I came across a quote last night by Malcolm X:

"When 'i' is replaced with 'we' even illness becomes wellness. We can all choose to be the 'WE' in wellness now and in these days to come."

I am available for questions or individual needs by email or by phone/text or WhatsApp 816-668-6414.

Kimberly Connelly

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