PAU Joins “Friend of the Court” Brief in Support of Training for International Students

Monday, November 25, 2019

PAU Joins “Friend of the Court” Brief in Support of Training for International Students 

Palo Alto University has joined over 110 colleges and universities from across the country in signing an amicus brief supporting the continued existence of Optional Practical Training (OPT) and the STEM OPT expansion. The brief was coordinated by the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

This case involves a legal challenge to the OPT program. OPT represents valuable experiential learning for our campus’s international students and scholars, allowing them to obtain practical training that complements and expands upon their academic studies.

We joined this “friend of the court” brief to demonstrate our unwavering support for our international students and OPT. International students, scholars, and alumni bring a tremendous amount of diversity to campuses across the nation, including ours. We are deeply invested in the success of our students, and the continued existence of OPT is integral to the success of our international students. When international students thrive, we thrive. International students contribute to our campuses and communities with their talent, drive, and diversity of perspectives. Palo Alto University stands firmly alongside our international students, scholars, and alumni.

“We joined this amicus brief to demonstrate our unwavering support for our international students and OPT,” said PAU President Maureen O’Connor, Ph.D., J.D. “We are committed to attracting and supporting international students and scholars. OPT is and has long been a crucial experiential learning tool for international students that provides practical training as a complement and supplement to PAU’s academic curriculum.”

“When international students thrive, we thrive. International students contribute to our campuses and communities with their talent, drive, and diversity of perspectives,” O’Connor said. We are proud to support international students, and it is absolutely vital to protect the continued existence of OPT, STEM OPT, and access to our nation’s top tier education.”