A special message for our international students and scholars
Friday, April 3, 2020
Dear International Students and Scholars,
This is a stressful and confusing time for everyone, and it’s difficult to make decisions and plan for the future amidst confusion and quickly-changing policies. The Office of International Education cares about your well-being and health, and we are here to provide support and resources for you. Please let us know what you need from us.
It is troublesome that some scammers are taking advantage of these circumstances to spread false information to you. Some of you received a fake email from someone named "Michael Mack" who claimed to work for OIE. This email is 100% false and should be deleted immediately. Official communication from our office will be posted on our website (uta.edu/oie), or it will come via email from firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, you can contact us at email@example.com too. You should also take a look at uta.edu/security for guidelines on how to identify a potential scam. If you receive an email that looks suspicious, DO NOT respond or help spread false information by sharing it with your friends. Report the email immediately to firstname.lastname@example.org and OIE email@example.com.
Life is changing for us all as we are taking precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19, but we understand that you are facing additional challenges and stressors as international students and scholars. OIE offers our utmost compassion and support to you during this time. Adapting to stay at home is challenging enough as it is, and many of you are doing it thousands of miles away from your families and support systems. You’re making the transition to online classes, but also have the added stress of checking in on family and friends, searching for jobs or internships, staying informed about the latest visa and immigration policies, and keeping yourselves healthy and safe.
In closing, we want to thank you for your strength during this time. It takes great resiliency, flexibility, and patience to persevere through all of this, and we congratulate you on keeping up with your studies and supporting each other through this pandemic. As international students and scholars, you contribute so much intelligence, spirit, and uniqueness to the UTA community, and we are grateful that each one of you has chosen to be members of our community. We will all get through this together, and we’ll hopefully see each other back on campus soon.
In the meantime, please reach out to us if you have any questions or need someone to talk to.