All active F-1 & J-1 students must continue to maintain a full course load during the fall and spring semesters. For students who are facing difficulties with completing coursework online, we do implore you to utilize all available resources to bolster your academic success. This includes maintaining communication with your school/college’s advising unit, utilizing office hours, virtual tutoring and study skills, and so forth. If you are unable to maintain a full-time course load due to health reasons or the suspension of certain programs, please consult with the OISS before making any final decisions to adjust your enrollment status.
For students who would be able to enroll full-time but prefer not to for the time being, your SEVIS record may be terminated and you must prepare to depart the US (if still present in the US). When you are prepared to return to Howard for a later semester, you will need to submit a Former Student Returning application, and (if readmitted) obtain a new Form I-20 or DS-2019 to document the remainder of your studies. Again, please consult with the OISS before taking official action.