COVID-19 UPDATE CENTER

This page will be updated periodically with important updates that may affect the IAU community.

 IAU’s online services are open and fully operational
 Classes are still in session and have moved to an online format
 Walk-ins and in-person appointments have been suspended
 All IAU campuses and teaching sites are temporarily closed

We are still here to help! Email us!


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• Media/Communication - media@iau.LA
• SEVIS-Related - dso@iau.LA
• Student Records - registrar@iau.LA
• Student Services - ssv@iau.LA
• Student Support - STUDENTsupport@iau.LA
• Technical Help - TechSupport@iau.LA
• Tuition & Fees - finance@iau.LA
• Writing Help - writingHELP@iau.LA

Tennis courts, equestrian centers, community gardens and other amenities to open May 15 with restrictions - 5-14-20
The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation (LA County Parks) will begin reopening certain non-contact amenities and park areas, based on Stage Two of the reopening plan for the County of Los Angeles on May 15. LA County Parks has modified its operations to reopen these amenities with strict health guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. See the openings and guidelines here.

LA County officials announce some businesses, public spaces can reopen Friday, May 8th - 5-6-20
The first round of reopenings will include trails, trailheads, golf courses, car dealership showrooms, and stores that sell toys, books, clothing, sporting goods and music. The revised "safer-at-home" order will only allow for curbside pickup at the businesses. Dine-in restaurants and beaches will remain closed. Read more here.

Checking in with the IAU Community - 4-24-20
Keeping in contact means keeping a feeling of normalcy and maintaining our sense of community. We wanted to check in and provide some updates that may be of importance to you. An IAU student who previously tested positive for COVID-19 is in healthy condition and showing no symptoms. IAU will be holding a live Q&A session via Zoom on Wednesday, May 6. Read about these topics and more in the full message from IAU's CEO here.

President Trump suspends immigration to the United States (green cards only) - 4-21-20
President Donald Trump announced during a White House briefing April 21 that he will temporarily suspend immigration into the United States. “An administration official with knowledge of the process told CNN the order only addresses green cards because the temporary work visa portion is more complicated and needs more time to sort out, particularly given the fact that many of those currently in the US on work visas are working in industries related to the pandemic, from workers at food processing plants to health care workers.” Read more about the 60-day suspension here.

Update from the CEO of IAU - 4-13-20
As the news continues to change everyday, I feel it is important to stay in touch with everyone regarding the goings-on at IAU. I am unbelievably proud of how well our staff, students, and faculty have adapted to our 100% online classes and fully remote working environment. We are a university defined in part by our ability to acclimate quickly to change and maintain a high level of quality and service in the process. I can personally attest to the work our leadership team continues to put in to make sure we are able to continue moving forward as a university and a family during these difficult times. Read the full message here.

Safer-at-Home order extended through May 15th - 4-10-20
Together with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Mayor Garcetti is extending the City’s Safer at Home order through May 15th. Non-essential businesses and activities will remain closed, and physical distancing and face coverings for workers and customers will continue to be required. Read the official order here.

Electronic Form I-20 Issuance and Academic Advising via Zoom - 4-10-20
IAU is now able to issue digitally signed I-20s to F-1 students via email for qualifying circumstances. Also, if you have any questions about graduation, your program status, or just need help with general advising and want to schedule a video-conference advising appointment, please read more here.

Cash tuition payments and IAU campus update - 4-3-20
It is highly encouraged for students to pay tuition payments online with a debit/credit card by logging in to their myIAU account. However, if you need to make a cash or check payment to IAU in person, please read more here.

LA County opens new drive-up testing sites, increasing COVID-19 testing capacity for residents throughout LA County - 4-2-20
LA County is ramping up COVID-19 testing sites, opening three locations on April 3, 2020 and developing many others countywide. The sites opening April 3 are at the Pomona Fairplex (Gate 17 - W. McKinley/Fairplex Drive), the South Bay Galleria (1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278), and the Antelope Valley Mall (1233 Rancho Vista Blvd., Palmdale, CA 91768). The testing is by appointment only. Walk-up appointments are not available. For more information regarding COVID-19 testing, click here.

LA Mayor Garcetti urges public use of face coverings - 4-1-20
Early data suggests many who are infected are not symptomatic, which is why it is now recommended to use cloth face coverings plus physical distancing for essential activities. Do not use surgical and N95 masks, which are reserved for first responders and medical workers. Read more here.

First case of COVID-19 at IAU - 3-31-20
IAU received confirmation on March 31, 2020 that a member of our campus community has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is a graduate student who does not live in the city of Los Angeles. As of today, the individual and roommate are in good condition and show no symptoms. Due to privacy concerns, we will not release any information involving specific student records or private health care information. Read the full message from our CEO here.

President Trump extends nationwide social distancing guidelines for another 30 days - 3-29-2020
The White House has re-assessed the United States's coronavirus response and has concluded that their guidelines will remain in place through April 30. View the guidelines here.

USCIS Announces Flexibility for Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny - 3-27-2020
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it is adopting measures to minimize the immigration consequences associated with responding to requests for evidence (RFEs) and notices of intent to deny (NOIDs) dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020. For applicants and petitioners who receive an RFE or NOID dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020, any responses submitted within 60 calendar days after the response deadline set forth in the RFE or NOID will be considered by USCIS before any action is taken.

IAU postpones 2020 Commencement - 3-23-20
Given the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and after careful consultation by our event planning team, IAU has made the decision to postpone the 2020 commencement ceremony. A new date has yet to be determined, but we will alert our entire academic community when that new date has been established. Thank you for your understanding regarding the very difficult decision to delay the celebration of our university’s graduates. It is something we look forward to every year, and yet we felt the postponement was necessary until we have a clearer picture of the future as it pertains to the safety of travel, congregation, and interaction.

LA Mayor Garcetti issues "Safer-at-home" directive in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus - 3-19-20
The "Safer at Home" guidelines, ordering individuals to remain in their residence and limit all nonessential movement, apply to everyone in the state of California and will be in place until further notice. During this time, essential services such as pharmacies, gas stations, grocery stores, banks and laundromats will remain open.

USCIS suspends all face-to-face meetings - 3-18-20
This includes interviews, naturalization ceremonies and biometric collection appointments. However, we will continue to provide emergency services during this time. If you have an emergency service request, please contact the USCIS Contact Center.  Employees in these offices are continuing to perform mission-essential services that do not require face-to-face contact with the public.

IAU suspends all in-person appointments - 3-17-20
We're still here to help, though! Give us a call if you need some advising or have any admissions questions. You can reach us at (213) 262-3939.
Questions, requests, or inquiries can be directed to the following:

• Career Services - http://bit.ly/CSVinquiry
• Faculty Support - FACULTYsupport@iau.LA
• Library - http://bit.ly/IAUlibrary
• Media/Communication - media@iau.LA
• SEVIS-Related - dso@iau.LA
• Student Records - registrar@iau.LA
• Student Services - ssv@iau.LA
• Student Support - STUDENTsupport@iau.LA
• Technical Help - TechSupport@iau.LA
• Tuition & Fees - finance@iau.LA
• Writing Help - writingHELP@iau.LA

IAU moves all courses to online structure - 3-16-20
In an "abundance of caution", effective March 16, 2020, IAU shall transition to online instruction for all the campus-hybrid courses currently offered at the Los Angeles Main Campus and Garden Grove Satellite Teaching Site indefinitely. No campus-hybrid classes shall be held during this time. Temporarily transitioning to online classes is a strategy to stop or slow the further spread of COVID-19. See Procedural Adaptation plan.