I must take a full course load Fall and Spring semesters at CSU. I cannot drop below
full-time (18 hours ELI, 12 semester hours undergraduate student, or 9 semester hours
graduate), unless I have received prior approval from a DSO (Designated School Official).
Online courses can only be taken for 3 of the required credit hours. A report is generated
at various times during a semester to verify that students are in full time status.
If I drop below a full course load or enroll in too many online credit hours as described
above without prior approval I will be considered out of status and this may result
in the termination of my I-20 or DS-2019.
I do not have to take classes during the summer (unless my program start date is for
summer) and can remain in the United States as long as I plan to return to school
for the Fall semester.
I must attend classes as required by the professor of each class. The professor will
give me a "course syllabus" at the beginning of each semester, and the syllabus will
clearly explain the professor's attendance requirements. If I do not follow the attendance
rules, the professor can drop me from the class without my permission. If the professor
drops me from class for not following the attendance rules I will be considered out
of status and this will result in the termination of my I-20 or DS-2019.
I understand that I cannot just stop attending classes or decide not to return to
Columbus State after completing a semester. I must contact a DSO and inform them of
If I decide to transfer to another school I must contact a DSO in order to have my
SEVIS record transferred to the new school.
I cannot work in the United States outside of the CSU campus unless I get permission
from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). I cannot work for money even
if I work for my family or my sponsor. I will contact the International Student Coordinator
for information about working in the US. If I work for money in the United States
without approval, I will be considered out of status and this will result in the termination
of my I-20 or DS-2019.
I may apply for on-campus positions at CSU but cannot work more than 19 hours a week
when enrolled in classes.
If I move or change my address, my name or my major I must inform a DSO within 10
days. I must also notify a DSO if the address or name of a dependent changes. I understand
that if I do not notify a CSU DSO of any of the above changes, I will be considered
out of status and this may result in the termination of my I-20 or DS-2019.
Cheating or plagiarism on my academic work or helping another person cheat on their
academic work is a very serious breach of CSU academic rules. If I get caught cheating
on my academic work, or helping another person cheat, then I can be suspended from
the university and will be considered out of status which will result in the termination
of my I-20 or DS-2019.
If I have any questions about my F1 or J1 status, or if I do not understand something
completely, I will ask the International Student Coordinator or the International
Admissions Counselor for assistance. I WILL NOT ASK MY FRIENDS OR FAMILY FOR ADVICE.
It is critical that you acquire accurate information from a knowledgeable source.
I understand that International Student Services will not accept "My friend told me..."
as a reason for falling out of status.
I understand it is my responsibility to check my program end date on my I-20 or DS-2019.
I must make an appointment with a DSO at least two months prior to the program end
date on my I-20 or DS-2019. If I let my program end date expire, I will be out-of-status
and will have to return to my home country.
I understand that I must exit the United States within 60 days of completing my program
if I do not plan to enroll in another program. J-1 Students must exit within 30 days
of their program end date.
I understand that CSU will automatically report to the USCIS if I fall out of status
for any reason.
I understand that International Student Services will follow the law 100% of the time,
and that they cannot do anything illegal to help me if I fall out of status.
I understand that if I fall out of F1 or J1 status CSU will have no choice but to
terminate my I-20 or DS-2019 and I will need to depart the United States immediately.
I understand that I should always talk to a DSO before taking any action that may
endanger my Visa status.