Federal government officials agreed to rescind the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement's new rules for international students that roiled colleges and universities this week.
Harvard University and MIT earlier this month filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the rules. Hundreds of higher education institutions and associations across the U.S. — including Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University — joined them in opposing the new policies.
U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs said in a minutes-long hearing Tuesday afternoon that the government reversed its position on the rules, which would have barred foreign students taking courses remotely from staying in the U.S.
The federal government's reversal comes one day before institutions faced a major deadline that would have required schools to submit an “operational change plan” outlining how they would accommodate their international students under the new ICE rule.