A U.S. university suddenly expelled all Chinese public students, Trump is considering restricting Chinese students to the United States

Chinese students studying in the United States are feeling the pressure recently.

According to the Global Times and some overseas media reports, recently, the University of North Texas suddenly announced the expulsion of all public visiting scholars and international students funded by the China Scholarship Council, and restricted them to leave the country within one month.

Judging from the screenshots of the emails circulating on social media, Chinese public students studying at the school have been terminated from the school’s study qualifications on August 26, and have also been deprived of the right to continue to use the school’s servers, e-mails and other learning materials.

A U.S. university suddenly expelled all Chinese public students, Trump is considering restricting Chinese students to the United States

Judging from the picture, the widely circulated email is from the University of North Texas and has the signatures of the school’s provost (Provost) and a vice president, but does not explain the reason for the expulsion. The email has been circulating on social platforms since last week.

The email also shows that the school also informed the relevant visa department of the US government about the matter, and relevant scholars need to be accompanied when they return to the school to collect their personal belongings.

The screenshot of this email has caused heated discussions on social networking sites in the United States. It is understood that the University of North Texas did not know about the Chinese public students before the email notification of the decision, and did not give a clear reason.

Students, professors petition to withdraw deportation order

In a petition, “YUHENG Liang”, a Chinese student helper at the University of North Texas, said that the University of North Texas abruptly suspended the study qualifications of visiting students and scholars funded by the China Scholarship Council, and asked these people for one month Leaving the United States for unknown reasons. This means that these international students and visiting scholars have to face high air ticket prices and strict aviation control, solve the problem of apartment rental in a short period of time, sell their cars, and complete the new crown test. The most important thing is that their studies are interrupted. .

Petition address: https://www.change.org/p/university-of-north-texas-take-back-the-decision-to-end-the-unt-chinese-scholar-program

The goal of the petition is to ask the school to reverse the decision. “The order surprised scholars in China because they were simply not prepared and didn’t know why they were leaving the United States as soon as possible.”

“Actually, there are some Chinese scholars who have already booked a flight back to China, about $3,000 a piece, which cannot be changed or canceled, but after September. As we all know, we are in a difficult period of the Covid-19 pandemic, and it is very difficult to get one. Air tickets back to China within a month, due to limited flights, the price of air tickets is also extremely high.”

The China Scholarship Council is a non-profit legal entity directly under the Ministry of Education, referred to as CSC. The China Scholarship Council mainly comes from the special financial funds of the China Scholarship Council. Applicants include undergraduates, graduate students, teachers, visiting scholars and other groups. During study abroad, applicants will receive scholarship support from the Scholarship Council. The “J-1” visa mentioned in the email is a non-immigrant visa issued by the United States to various foreign nationals participating in the “Exchange-Visitor Programs” approved by the U.S. State Department.

Currently, the University of North Texas is the only school to suspend the China Scholarship Council-funded J-1 program, a move that is too abrupt. The above-mentioned petition for help has collected nearly 4,300 signatures.

In response to a request for comment on the incident in an email Monday afternoon, university spokesman Jim Berscheidt said: “The decision is limited to 15 visiting scholars sponsored by a specific institution (the China Scholarship Council). It will not affect any students enrolled and studying at the university. UNT still welcomes visiting scholars from all over the world, including China.”

But the Intellectuals report shows that a University of North Texas alumna named Liang Yuheng confirmed to the media that those affected by the incident were not limited to visiting scholars, but also involved students sponsored by CSC.

Trump is planning to restrict Chinese students from entering the United States

The closing of the door by American universities to Chinese students may not be an isolated act. Just yesterday, “Capitol Hill” reported that Pompeo conveyed the opinion of President Trump that he intends to restrict Chinese students from going to the United States.

Pompeo said in an interview on Monday that Trump was thinking about limiting the rights of Chinese students to study in the United States. He also added that the U.S. government could announce new actions against Beijing in the coming weeks and months.

“Not every Chinese student going to the U.S. is working under the direction or direction of the government, but this is something President Trump is considering very seriously,” Pompeo said. “I think we’ll have more follow-ups in the next few weeks to months.”

Haizhou Hu, a Chinese scholar at the University of Virginia, was arrested on Friday on charges of federal crimes, including attempting to steal trade secrets and unauthorized use of classified computers. Investigators arrested Haizhou Hu when he tried to board a flight to China at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Aug. 25, according to court documents.

Screenings conducted by airport authorities revealed that Hu possessed “biologically-inspired simulation software research code to which he was not entitled,” the investigators said, representing “years of research and investment of resources by members of the University of Virginia’s academic community.”

This is just one of many cases that U.S. federal law enforcement agencies have recently brought up against Chinese scholars.

In May, The New York Times reported that Trump was considering canceling the visas of thousands of students and researchers from Chinese universities who have ties to the Chinese military.

More U.S. restrictions on academic exchanges may not be expected amid current tensions between the two countries, but restrictions on Chinese students and researchers will hit the finances of U.S. universities, who pay to study in the U.S. one of the largest groups of international students. Their tuition fees are seen as significant financial support in key areas such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Reference content:

https://dentonrc.com/education/unt-cancels-visa-program-for-chinese-researchers/article_2295ba2a-f463-5565-a089-01b440533234.html

https://www.change.org/p/university-of-north-texas-take-back-the-decision-to-end-the-unt-chinese-scholar-program?recruiter=1058837819&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign= psf_combo_share_abi&utm_term=share_petition&recruited_by_id=af87ba70-6bd7-11ea-816c-351c4cda1485

https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/Gx_4a2OKecoN7odRQHXtnA

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