Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona have joined 13 other universities in filing a lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement over a policy change it announced this month that would require international students to take in-person classes during the coming semester.
The change could mean huge amounts of lost revenue for the universities paid by in-person international students.
On July 6, ICE announced a change to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, saying that students who planned on taking a completely online course load would no longer be allowed to stay in the United States.
Under the rules, the students must maintain at least one in-person class during the fall semester. International students with F-1 and M-1 visas who are currently outside the country would not be allowed to return to their U.S. universities.