New ICE deportation rule not expected to impact Wolf Pack's international athletes

Nicola Ader
Nicola Ader, center, is a five-time All-American from Germany. (Nevada athletics)

The Wolf Pack's international student-athletes are not expected to be impacted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) new guidelines released earlier this week.

ICE's new guidelines would force international students to leave the country if their university offers online-only courses this fall. The University of Nevada is planning on opening campus in the fall and will use a hybrid system of in-person and online learning.

UNR Vice Provost David Zeh said the ruling will not impact the school's roughly 700 international students, as first reported by the school newspaper, the Nevada Sagebrush, which reported Zeh sent an email to students earlier this week clarifying how the new ICE guidelines will impact them.

“Fortunately, in Fall 2020, the University of Nevada, Reno is fully intending to operate under a hybrid instructional model incorporating a mixture of in-person, HyFlex ... and fully online instruction,” Zeh wrote in the email. “The new Homeland Security rule makes an exception for international students enrolled at such hybrid model universities.

“As mentioned before, please remember that international students can only take 3 credit hours online per semester while attending an institution of higher education in the U.S. This immigration rule was suspended for the spring and summer semesters but it is fully in place for fall 2020.”

Per ICE's guidelines, each school must certify "the program is not entirely online, that the student is not taking an entirely online course load this semester, and that the student is taking the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree program."

Nevada has nearly 50 international athletes, largely in swimming and diving; tennis; and golf. The swimming and diving team has nine international athletes, including from Poland, Brazil, New Zealand, Canada, Sweden, Mexico, Australia and Netherlands. Of the 13 athletes on Nevada's men's and women's tennis teams, 12 are internationals. The women's track and field team has 11 international athletes, including five-time All-American Nicola Ader, who hails from Germany.

Nevada men's basketball has three international players in Kane Milling (France), Daniel Foster (Australia) and Alem Huseinovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina). The women's basketball team has two international players in Eliska Stebetakova (Czech Republic) and Andrea Jovicevic (Montenegro).

Wolf Pack men's golf, which has made back-to-back NCAA tournaments, has six foreign-born players, including five from Canada. The women's golf team has three internationals.

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