Questions related to Housing

  1. Will International students be allowed to enter their campus housing assignment if they have not taken a COVID-19 test and are planning on using Health Services for this test?
    • No, students will need to report to quarantine housing for the duration of their quarantine period.
  2. Can International students store their belongings in their assigned housing before reporting to their quarantine housing?
    • Yes, International Students will be able to store their belongings at their permanent housing assignment, but then must report to quarantine housing for the duration of their quarantine period.

Questions Related to Quarantine

  1. Will International students automatically need to quarantine for 14 days after arrival if travelling from outside the US?
    • Yes and no. Students travelling from outside the US will need to quarantine but not for 14 days. Students will be provided quarantine housing for the 7-day quarantine period now recommended by the CDC.
  2. Does the negative test have to be a post-travel test or is a pre-travel test (no more than 1-3 days prior to departure of origin country) accepted?
    • Students travelling from outside the US will need to complete a Post-Travel test that was administered at least 3 days post travel.
  1. If an International student’s post travel test is negative, do they need to complete the full 14-day quarantine or just a 7-day quarantine?
    • Students who receive a negative post travel test result must still complete a 7-day quarantine while daily monitoring symptoms, wearing face masks, and social distancing.
    • Students who receive a positive test result will be moved to isolation housing and must follow isolation protocol.
  2. What if an International student is travelling from a restricted country and they are mandated to complete a 14-day quarantine in a non-restricted country prior to entering the US, would they then need to complete another or 7-day quarantine on campus?
    • Yes, because all students travelling from outside the US will need to complete a 7-day quarantine in assigned quarantine housing and have a negative test that was administered at least 3 days after to arriving to the US.
      • Situations: Students coming from China, Iran, European Schengen Area, UK, Republic of Ireland, Brazil
      • Resource: Travel Restrictions

Questions Related to Testing

  1. Do International students need to provide a negative COVID test PRIOR to entering campus if travelling from outside the US? Or do they need to wait the recommended 3-5 days after travel to get tested for the appropriate incubation period?
    • Students will be required to submit a COVID-19 test administered at least 3 days post travel. While the College does not require you to obtain or submit a pre-travel test, the CDC recommends travelers get a viral test 1-3 days before traveling internationally.
      • Hanover College will make arrangements with Health Services to schedule testing appointments.
    • Students not directly traveling to campus upon entering the United States must submit a test result before returning to campus. This test must be dated at least 3 days post arrival to the states.
  2. Does Hanover College accept COVID test results from other countries?
    • Hanover College will not be accepting negative test results from outside of the United States. If you have tested positive over Holiday Break, please submit these results to My Hanover > COVID-19 > Holiday Break Positive Test Results.
  3. Where can International students get a COVID test on campus if they do not have access to one?
    • Hanover College will make arrangements with Health Services to schedule testing appointments.
    • Contact Health Services directly: Christy Ownbey at ownbey@hanover.edu

Questions related to Travel

  1. When is the earliest date International students can arrive on campus for Winter/Spring term 2021?
    • International Students can return to campus beginning on January 6, 2021. Students should be in contact with the Designated School Official (DSO), Constance Pope, regarding their travel plans and arrival details.
  2. How do International students request campus transportation from airports?
    • If you will be in need of transportation from Louisville (SDF) or Cincinnati, OH (CVG) airports, please follow the instructions below:
    • Plan Your Travel and Submit Your Flight Information
      • Reservation Deadline: 4 days advance notice is requested to arrange transportation. Please do not book flights that will arrive before 8 a.m. EST or after 9 p.m. EST. You can make a reservation by completing the online Airport Transportation Reservation Form and providing the details of your travel plans.
      • Note: Airport transportation will not be available from December 21 - January 1, 2021.
      • Please provide any updates or changes in travel plans to the Office of Multicultural Affairs 24 hours in advance of travel. You will receive a confirmation email as soon as your reservation is received and a driver/ride to the airport has been secured for you.
      • A fee of $55 per person, one way (non-refundable) will apply and will be charged to your student account upon confirmation.
      • Transportation is subject to driver availability.
    • If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Constance Pope at pope@hanover.edu or 812.866.7025.
  3. What are, if any, COVID restrictions for airport pick up procedures?
    • Precautions will be taken to reduce the spread and transmission of COVID-19 to the driver and to the passengers while using campus vehicles through the COVID-19 Fleet Use policies.
    • Visit the following site for additional information regarding Hanover’s COVID-19 Policies.

Questions related to Resources on Campus

  1. Will International students have dining access when they arrive on January 6th before the college opens?
    • New students and new International students will be provided meals starting January 6th.
  2. If International students travelling to campus from outside the US are mandated to quarantine on campus, who are the appropriate individuals to contact for dining/food, health services, and additional reporting for SEVIS?
    • Primary: Constance Pope, Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs- Dining, services, SEVIS reporting
    • Secondary: Dr. Dewain Lee, Dean of Students- Support and SEVIS reporting
    • Tertiary: Wilda Knecht, Admission Counselor- SEVIS reporting
    • Health Services: if students need any of the health services provided by campus please contact Christy Ownbey or set up an appointment via My Hanover under Campus Life > Health Services > Need and Appointment?
  1. What is the I-pal/welcome process for the Winter/Spring term 2021?
    • Meeting Your I-Pal (International Pal)
      • During International Student Orientation, you will be assisted by an I-Pal who will meet you at the airport, assist you with move-in, and meet with you on a weekly basis during your first year at Hanover. I-Pals serve as your orientation leaders. They are a select group of upper-level students at Hanover who are culturally competent, passionate about diversity, and want to help you to grow on both a personal and academic level. I-Pals work closely with the Office of Multicultural Affairs to facilitate peer education, cultural exchanges, and to assist in the transitioning of international students to the U.S.
  2. Will there be additional programming or events for international students to properly integrate back onto campus with or without a remote Winter/Spring start?
    • International Student Orientation
      • The Office of Multicultural Affairs will provide the 2021 Winter International Student Orientation “Brave New World” in January 13-14, 2021. All new international students must attend the orientation sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. The purpose of the orientation is to introduce you to student life and provide information that will help you adjust to living on campus and to life in the U.S.
    • International Student Advising Days:
      • Staff will be available once each month for International Student Advising Day to provide specialized student support and assist international students with immigration advising and related immigration issues, e.g., maintaining current visa status, travel applications, taxes, career counseling, and OPT after graduation.
  3. What additional mental and emotional health resources will be available for International students experiencing extreme senses of isolation, homesickness, etc.?
    • If you are interested in support from Counseling Services you can request an appointment through the intake form in My Hanover. Be sure to complete the consent for telehealth in accordance with CDC guidelines for safe practice.  The Director of Counseling will notify you of your appointment time based upon the times you have selected.  If your situation feels urgent, contact the Director of Counseling directly at (812) 866-7399 or after hours Campus Safety at (812) 866-7999.
      • Health Services can be reached at (812) 866-7082 or email: ownbey@hanover.edu or stewarta@hanover.edu.
      • Panther Health, a 24/7 telehealth service, has a “Talk Now” feature as well as counseling and health coaching. Please call (812) 866-6101 or visit here.
      • If you need emergency help at any time, please call Campus Safety at (812) 801-1533 for assistance.

Questions related to SEVIS/SEVP Regulations and Restrictions

  1. Will the SEVP guidelines instated March of 2020 as a response to COVID-19 school closures continue into the Winter/Spring term?
    • According to our Department of Homeland Security Field Representative, at this time, the guidance and FAQ related to COVID-19 accommodations is applicable only through the end of the fall 2020 term; nothing has yet been issued or extended for the spring 2021 term yet. At the moment, SEVP personnel are unable to provide additional guidance or answer questions about COVID-19 policy or accommodations related to the Spring 2021 term. We recognize the difficulty and uncertainty this creates for SEVP stakeholders.
  2. What important SEVP guideline changes were made in March 2020 that assisted Hanover College’s International Student population?
    • In short, the biggest changes for Hanover’s International Students were as follows:
      • International students were allowed to continue their full course load remotely AND remain in the US.
      • The temporary forgiveness of the 5-month rule pertaining to active status students outside of the US and away from classes and how that affects international students with maintaining their status.
      • Certain reporting procedures changed for initial status students.
      • More flexibility with updated Form I-20s as well as Visa processes and electronic versus paper documents.
    • All these accommodations will change if the current operating regulations are not extended through the Winter/Spring 2021 term. Regulations will return to the following normal status:
      • International student may not take more than 1 course remotely.
      • Students outside of the US and away from classes for longer than 5 months may be subject to reviewing their visa process and paying the SEVIS I-901 fee again before returning to the US for studies.
      • Initial Status Students and returning Active Status Students will resume normal reporting procedures upon arrival to their campus.
      • Current and endorsed Form I-20s will need to be presented in paper for Visa appointments and during travel.
  3. Will remote learning affect International student visa statuses? If so, how could their status be affected?
    • Under current guidelines, no.
    • If guidelines are not extended to the Winter 2021 term: YES. An F-1 student may only count one online or distance education course without the physical oversight of a school employee (or the equivalent of three credits) toward a full-course of study per academic term. F-1 students may be eligible to take more than one online class to maintain their status as long as the class is physically proctored or monitored by a school employee.
    • Therefore, if Hanover College is under complete remote learning and the current guidelines are not extended, international students within the US will lose status and need to leave the country. Campus stakeholders will be communicating and preparing students, should this situation arise, as early and to the best of our ability.
  4. If there is NO extension of the March 2020 SEVP guidelines: If an International student is contact traced, tests positive, quarantined, or put in isolation how does remote learning affect their status?
    • See answer to question 20.
    • Students who have medical documentation can request a Reduced Course Load through their DSO under grounds of Medical Condition and be excused from up to all classes as long as it doesn’t exceed 12 months, they have proper medical documentation, and dates are approved by the DSO.
  5. If there is NO extension of the March 2020 SEVP guidelines: Will International students be able to conduct remote learning for the remainder of the school year if required by the school and remain in the US?
    • No, F-1 students physically within the US must maintain a full course load of in person courses with the exceptions listed in Question 20 and 21. If all courses go completely remote, then all F-1 students will need to either leave the United States and continue courses remotely in their country of origin or discuss an Authorized Early Withdraw with their DSO in order to maintain their status.
  6. Can International students complete full remote courses outside of the US?
    • Yes, according to our Department of Homeland Security Field Representative, “A student physically outside the US [is] not subject to DHS authority and how a school engages with an individual outside the US is not governed by that student’s visa or lack of one. DHS regulations govern only how students mush comport themselves while inside the US and how SEVP-approved schools must report through SEVIS on those students. Having or not having a SEVIS record or having or not having a visa does not impact a student’s ability to enroll in in courses on-line from outside the US.”
  7. If an International student who was on campus prior to Fall 2020 and did not return for the Fall 2020 semester but completed their courses remotely be able to complete Winter 2021 courses remotely and outside of the US without jeopardizing their status via the 5-month rule?
    • If current regulations are not extended: a student whose SEVIS record was Terminated due to an Authorized Early Withdraw they may request to reactivate their status but are subject to reprocessing and issuing of a Visa and may have to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee if they have been out of the US and away from classes for longer than 5-months. Under current guidelines, these Terminated status students can request reactivation prior to the conclusion of the Fall term but not more than 60 days before their next session start date.
  8. If a student who has never previously been in the US and started remotely wishes to continue courses remotely from outside of the US will they jeopardize their status?
    • No, students physically outside of the US are not subject to the same reporting regulations as those studying within the US. Having or not having a SEVIS record or having or not having a visa does not impact a student’s ability to enroll in in courses on-line from outside the US.
  9. If a continuing International student was granted an Authorized Early Withdraw for the Fall 2020 semester due to COVID adjustments is now reactivating their SEVIS account be allowed to do so while taking courses remotely in their country of origin?
    • Students terminated on grounds of Authorized Early Withdraw cannot reactivate their SEVIS account from outside of the country without the intention of returning to the United States.
    • Students requesting reactivation must provide supporting evidence in the form of a transcript and next session course schedule proving their intent to re-enter the country and continue their education.
    • Students wishing to take courses remotely in their country of origin are not subject to an Active SEVIS account or a Visa, if they are interested in returning to the United States they must account for the amount of time they have been away from class and what procedures they need to complete to reactivate their account.

Questions related to Reporting

  1. Where/who do I report to if I have travel related questions?
    • Constance Pope
      • Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs
      • Located in the Office of Multicultural Affairs in the Campus Center
      • pope@hanover.edu
      • 812.866.7025
  2. Where/who do International students report to if they have Housing questions?
    • Lindsay Faulstick
      • Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life and Leadership
      • Located in the Office of Student Life in the Campus Center
      • faulstick@hanover.edu
      • 812.866.7079
  3. Where/who do International students report to if they have Dining questions?
    • Lindsay Faulstick
      • Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life and Leadership
      • Located in the Office of Student Life in the Campus Center
      • faulstick@hanover.edu
      • 812.866.7079
    • John Anderle
  4. Where/who do International students report to if they have Quarantine/Testing questions?
  5. Where/who do International students report to if they have Visa/status questions?
    • Constance Pope
      • Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs
      • Located in the Office of Multicultural Affairs in the Campus Center
      • pope@hanover.edu
      • 812.866.7025