June 26, 2020

Harrisburg University remains committed to delivering robust learning opportunities for graduate students without compromising their health and safety, or the health of faculty, staff, and the entire community. Due to continuing uncertainty over the future impact of Covid-19, all graduate education activities and programs for the weekend of August 28 have been moved to online delivery. There will be no face-to-face sessions. You will not be required to travel to Harrisburg.

Additionally, the University plans to offer the Fall Semester for graduate students (August 28 – December 11, 2020) completely online. This may change if SEVP changes its current guidance.

Federal guidelines for international students studying in the US have shifted to allow for greater flexibility in how programs are delivered and managed. Under the new (temporary) federal guidelines, students will still need to be monitored (e.g., attendance taken and verified), show academic progress (through their work), and maintain their full-time course load at 6 credits. Please be assured that if you are an international
graduate student studying at HU, you will maintain your visa status and be allowed to remain in the US to study and work as long as you attend the mandatory online orientation and continue to attend and fully participate in classes online to include attending Executive Sessions online versus in person. Should you have any questions, please review the information available at https://isohelp.harrisburgu.edu and generate
a new support request if you have specific questions. You can also call (717) 901-5154 between 9 am and 5 pm EST.

New students who need to obtain their I-20 will not need to come to campus and will receive additional communication in the coming days. Please note, I-20s will not be released unless a student is registered for classes and has paid the full tuition.

Additional information will be sent to your HU email address, including:

  • A personal message including any requirements you still need to address prior to the semester start.
  • Links to the mandatory online orientation with presentations from key University offices.
  • An invitation to an online orientation Question and Answer session where you will be able to ask questions directly to representatives from HU Graduate Student Services, International Student Office, Records and Registration, and Business Office.

The University will reassess the delivery of our academic programs on a frequent basis. We are focused on ensuring our students succeed academically with as little interruption as possible while safeguarding everyone’s health, safety, and welfare.