Wisconsin has joined 16 other states and the District of Columbia in a lawsuit to stop the implementation of a new rule that requires international students to take their college classes in person for their visas to be valid, Attorney General Josh Kaul announced Monday.
In a statement Monday, Thompson said the system values its international students and fully supports Kaul’s decision to join the lawsuit.
In the court filing, several UW schools provided assessments on the economic impact their international students have. At UW-Stevens Point, 84 international students account for $2.2 million in tuition. At UW-Madison, international students pay $180 million in tuition, fees and housing revenue and one in four classes are taught by international teaching assistants. UW-Green Bay said the rule could “severely disrupt” its Division 1 athletics, particularly men’s soccer.