July 10, 2020
Face to face classes for international students will be available to you at City University of Seattle, under CDC and state of Washington safety guidelines.
While we disagree with the recent announcement by Homeland Security regarding your need to take face-to-face classes, CityU has a long history of supporting international students. Our commitment to students from all across the globe has always been a key to our educational decisions. Your health is important to us, too, so we will continue to follow King County and state of Washington guidance for your safety.
We have scholarships and housing available too, so come and join the many other international students who are successfully working towards completing their degree at CityU.
March 30, 2020
As of this date, the Seattle campus will still not be open to students and the public as Spring Quarter begins. Spring Quarter classes for F-1 students will still be held online via videoconference as previously mentioned.
Most CityU services are still available via phone and email, please reach out to your advisor for additional information. Please consult the ‘For Current Students’ section for more details.
March 24, 2020
Stay-at-Home order issued for all Washington State Residents. All students should follow guidelines for the general public. Details on this order are available here: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/whats-open-and-closed
March 23, 2020
Limited Access to CityU downtown Seattle campus:
In order to protect the operations of our staff and faculty as we prepare to deliver online and remotely taught content to our students, City University’s downtown Seattle campus will be closing to the public and students until further notice. Students can make appointments to visit advisors, receive documents, or other business but we are not able to serve students on a drop-in basis.
Students who are attending Spring Orientation on March 23 and who do not have the ability to attend remotely: Please contact an advisor as soon as possible to make arrangements.
Important information for students in the residence hall: CityU’s residence hall has added a page detailing their COVID-19 response plans. Students with questions about the residence hall response plan should contact housing staff directly using the information provided on the page below.
Please see the page in your student portal here for details: https://my.cityu.edu/cornish-commons-covid-19-response/
March 13, 2020
Spring Quarter Classes will begin as scheduled on April 6th, 2020.
We expect that during the month of April on-campus classes will be held via synchronous video conferencing (i.e. students will be required to log-in/join at the normal on-campus class time) and then switch to on-site as soon as the health authorities deem it safe to do so. Computer access will be available at our Seattle location for students without access to a computer and/or reliable internet. If you have questions or concerns please contact your advisor.
Spring Quarter Orientation will be held on March 24th and March 26th.
The International Student Orientation will be held via synchronous video conferencing and I will send the arrival check-in/log-in details as we get closer to the March 24 orientation date. It is still important that, if you hold an ‘initial attendance’ form I-20, you arrive before orientation date in the US so that you do not have any issues entering the US.
· Upon arrival in the US, F-1 students will be able to check-in electronically using a link provided by your advisor. If you have not received the check-in link, please contact your advisor.
· The iTEP English placement test will be held on campus in down-town Seattle on March 25.
March 10, 2020
As per the update from the University President today: https://www.cityu.edu/coronavirus-advisory/ since there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus infections in the CityU community, there is currently no plan to cancel classes for the remainder of the quarter or the Spring quarter as per King County Public Health and CDC guidelines.
The CDC guidelines for Universities and other Higher Education Institutions can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-ihe-response.html
CityU does have response plans in place at both the main campus and residence hall that follow the guidelines issued by the CDC, and will be implemented if necessary to protect the health of the CityU community.
Moving classes online is one potential option that we are preparing for if it becomes necessary, and work is proceeding to ensure that we will be able to smoothly transition to online coursework and also protect the visa status of students.
Again, we would like to remind you that if you have concerns please contact us at the International Student Office.
Additionally, many students are probably feeling an elevated level of stress during this time. Please remember the Counseling Center is available to support you in this area as well. Don’t neglect your mental health! https://www.cityu.edu/student-services/counseling-center/
March 3, 2020:
You may have read the news that there is an emerging outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Seattle area. At this time, we do not have any specific health concerns within the campus community, but we are exercising increased caution as per the University-wide notification on March 2nd, 2020.
If you are a student on campus and have concerns or anxiety, please feel free to contact the counseling center on campus https://www.cityu.edu/student-services/counseling-center/ or the International Student Office at any time.
Currently, we are still planning to start our Spring Quarter as scheduled.
New students who are currently traveling into the United States should still review travel advisories on the US Embassy web page (https://www.usembassy.gov/) for their region before making travel plans to the United States. Entry restrictions are still in place for any person who has traveled to China within the past 14 days prior to entering the United States. https://china.usembassy-china.org.cn/dhs-issues-restrictions-on-inbound-flights-with-individuals-who-have-been-in-china/
March 2, 2020:
University Update Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
City University of Seattle continues to actively monitor the evolving COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak. The University has thorough emergency procedures and will do everything it can to ensure the health and safety of our community. Currently, no members of the CityU community have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
In response to the evolving situation the University has implemented the following measures in Washington and Canada:
• Increased cleaning and disinfection of surfaces daily at all locations for high traffic areas including bathrooms, common spaces, door handles, emergency bar on doors, etc.
• Additional hand sanitizer supplies available throughout our facilities.
• Restricted all non-essential community gatherings at CityU facilities.
• Restricted all international travel outside North America by Faculty and Staff.
• Limited all non-essential travel within North America by Faculty and Staff.
Public health agencies are not recommending at this time that the general public avoid gatherings, therefore classes will continue on their normal scheduled format. Should the situation change students will be notified and alternative class delivery options will be initiated.
For Current Students:
Spring Quarter Classes: Spring Quarter classes will begin via synchronous video conferencing the week of April 6th. Please log into Blackboard via the Student Portal (my.cityu.edu) to ensure your classes are listed, though they will not be completely accessible until about three days prior to the start of the term.
Health Concerns: New students should have received their health insurance cards upon enrollment in classes. We strongly encourage students to choose a health care provider as soon as you receive the insurance information. For Firebird International Insurance, the information is located here. https://www.fiig-insurance.com/find-a-doctor/
For other insurance providers, please consult your insurance documentation.
COVId-19 related concerns: If you are sick and concerned that you may be infected with Novel Coronavirus: Follow recommended screening steps, including this CDC recommended tool: https://www.apple.com/covid19/
Contact your health care provider via telephone or teledoctor if instructed to do so.
Mental Health Concerns: CityU’s Counseling Center is available, with appointments available on short notice. Please see the web page for more details: https://www.cityu.edu/student-services/counseling-center/
For Future Students:
Greetings from Seattle!
Due to the current outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in China and other regions around the world, please be aware of the following potential challenges for students who plan to travel to or from affected regions:
With regard to the entry ban for all foreign nationals who have travelled to China in the 14 days prior to their entry to the U.S., we will follow the following procedures while the ban is in effect:
Newly admitted students who are unable to enter the United States due to the travel ban
Currently we are offering to defer their enrollment to a later term, and will not be charging an additional application fee. We have already notified all accepted students by email, but will not be making any changes to their records until we receive a request from the student.
Currently enrolled students, not present in the United States, who are unable to reenter due to the travel ban
We have notified all enrolled students by email, and enrolled students who may be unable to return should contact their advisor as soon as possible. Students may have the option of enrolling in online classes to continue their studies from outside the U.S.
Activities on campus
As of March 23rd, there is no public or student access to campus in accordance with the stay-at-home order issued by the Washington State Government. We are exercising an abundance of caution and working hard to make sure students have the resources they need to address any concerns they may have.
CityU will continue to follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and local health authorities.
We are processing and accepting applications as normal for future terms, and the next available term, Summer, begins as normal in July, with an application deadline for May 1. However, we do recognize the challenges in obtaining a visa in countries with reduced Embassy operations, so we encourage students to take this into account when planning their study.
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