University students of East Asian descent say they’ve felt alienated and scared during the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S.-China relations have suffered as a result of the pandemic, putting strain on international students from China.
The rule affected students with F-1 and M-1 visas, F-1 being the most commonly issued visa for international students.
The International Students & Scholars Program at the University later provided a letter for international students proving their enrollment in in-person classes.
“I understand that some Asian and Asian American students and faculty have been on the receiving end of xenophobic threats and abuse here in Charlottesville and on Grounds,” Ryan said.