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Handbook for Student Law for Higher Education Administrators

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James Ottavio Castagnera

The Handbook for Student Law for Higher Education Administrators is a practical tool, intended for administrators dealing with students in higher education, focusing principally on four-year institutions. Addressing the ever-developing relationship between higher education and the law, the book will provide the academic administrator with the means to knowledgably and confidently navigate the many legal threats and challenges facing colleges today. Using examples from real cases and scenarios from different institutions, the handbook provides sample policies, checklists, and advice that administrators can apply to a wide variety of situations, both preventatively and proactively. Also included are relevant 2008-09 amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and each chapter includes a section on the impact of the Higher Education Opportunities Act of 2008. The Handbook for Student Law for Higher Education Administrators is a compendium of practical knowledge and guidance, useful for any administrator dealing with the legal minefield that is higher education.

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Chapter 10 International Students 231

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CHAPTER 10 International Students Since the middle of the last century, students from around the globe have flocked to the United States, more than to any other nation, for their higher education. As with tourists and temporary workers, U.S. immigration policy prior t o 9/11 was casual when it came to international students. Visa authorizations were issued on multi-copy forms, which f oreigners t ook to U.S. e mbassies a nd cons ulates, where visas were issued with little or no fanfare. Armed with student visas, tens of th ousands of al iens en tered t he U.S. annually, ma ny to disappear in to the general population. Their “host” colleges and universities had no obligation to report their failure to arrive as expected on campus. As with s o much else, the terrorist attacks of Se ptember 11, 2001, changed all that. Some of thos e who hija cked and drove airliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon held student visas. Some had actually studied a t U.S. flight schools on those visas. In the aftermath of t his worst attack on U.S. soil , the Immi gration a nd Natur alization S ervice was s plit int o a vis a-processing service, the U.S. Citize nship a nd Immigrat ion Servi ce (USCIS) and, as an enforcement branch, the U.S. Immigration a nd Cus toms Enf orcement (ICE) Agency. A ne w computer-based program is now the o nly way in whi ch institu- tions of higher...

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