From: International Student Services
Date: May 13, 2020
Subject: ISS News, May 13, 2020: Congratulations Graduates, Important Tax Information & Resources, University Observes Memorial Day, Scam Alert, End of Semester Reminders, & More!


May 13, 2020


in this issue:

  1. End of Semester Reminders
  2. ISSNews Summer Schedule
  3. Featured Events
  4. Good Vibes Only
  5. Outbreak of Scams Related to COVID-19
  6. Census 2020
  7. OPT & CPT Workshops
  8. ISS Closed- Monday, May 25
  9. Congratulations Graduates!
  10. Sprintax Offering a Webinar- Thursday, May 28
  11. Resources for Summer Experiential Learning
  12. New Guidance about Economic Impact Payment
  13. Important Tax Info for Graduating Students


ISS Staff is available to students, without an appointment, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during virtual advising hours,11am to 3pm.

There are no virtual advising hours on Wednesday.

Appointments through Zoom or by phone can be requested by emailing Please provide your full-name and a brief description of the nature of your appointment when you contact us.

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Congratulations Graduates!

ISS would like to congratulate all of the May 2020 graduates!

We know that this has not been the Spring semester that you expected, but you should be extremely proud of all that you've accomplished- We are so proud of you!- and we wish you well as you start your next adventure.

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End of Semester Reminders

If you have thoughts about traveling abroad during the summer, be sure to ask yourself these important questions, visit the links if you need to take action, and take the effects of COVID-19 into consideration as you make your plans:

Do I need to extend my I-20 or DS-2019? If you do, read more under the Frequently Asked Questions Section.

Do I need to transfer my F-1 or J-1 SEVIS Record? If you do, read more under the Frequently Asked Questions Section.

Am I fully prepared to travel during the break so that I can return to campus smoothly?  In addition to having your I-20 or DS-2019 signed for travel, which you can read about here, if you’re an F-1 or J-1 student, please:

  • check the validity of the visa in your passport. US Embassies and Consulates have suspended services worldwide and there could be significant delays in visa issuances.  This delay could significantly affect your ability to return to the United States.
  • be aware of travel restrictions.  Travel restrictions are changing as the situation with COVID-19 evolves.  Unless travel restrictions loosen or lift entirely, it could be very difficult to enter the United States.
  • make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months into the future at all times.  Many government agencies are reducing and suspending services. Passport issuance could be an issue in your home country.  Please prepare as early as possible if you need to apply for a new passport.

Do you have more questions that you need help answering? Get in touch with ISS staff during advising hours or by email before you leave campus.

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New Tax Guidance about Economic Impact Payment

ISS has been carefully monitoring tax guidance from the IRS and some new, helpful information just came out.  Please visit our website to read about the details under the Important Tax Information heading. 

As we learn more, we will continue to share information with you and update the website.

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Graduating Students- Important Tax Info to Ensure You Get Your W-2 for 2020

Every year, ALL individuals in F and J status must file taxes- including spouses, young children- even if they haven't earned any income!

The W-2 is a critical document for properly filing taxes. Every year between January and February, the university generates W-2 documents for individuals who have earned income from CWRU.

When your W-2 is generated, it's sent to your Permanent Address as listed in SIS. Please take a moment to verify that your correct Permanent Address is listed in SIS (make any updates as needed by December 15) to ensure that you'll receive your W-2.

If your Permanent Address is current, but you would prefer to have your W-2 sent to another address, it is necessary for you to include that address under the W-2 Override option in SIS no later than December 15. Using the W-2 Override function will maintain the integrity of your Permanent Address information and ensure that you receive your W-2 at the different, preferred address.

Please contact Payroll if you have questions about receiving your W-2.

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Sprintax Offering a Webinar
Thursday, May 28, 1-2 pm (EST)

During this webinar, Sprintax will provide a refresher on filing obligations, but also touch base on the recent stimulus payment and other tax related changes resulting from COVID-19. If you have not yet filed your 2019 taxes or have additional tax questions, you should consider participating. 

The maximum capacity for this webinar is 500 participants. You can register here with Sprintax and you'll be sent information about joining the webinar.

Remember, ISS staff members are not tax experts- we have no formal training or expertise on these very complicated matters and cannot assist you. If you have specific questions, you should work directly with a tax professional or accountant.

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Cleveland Needs You! Fill Out the 2020 Census!

All students living off campus, please fill out the 2020 Census!  The Census is a count of all the people living in the USA, and it is carried out once every 10 years. The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

When YOU fill out the census, you make sure Cleveland gets the resources we need to keep our city a great place to live for you and our CWRU family!

The census is EASY to fill out!  Visit to answer a few simple questions – it typically takes 15 minutes or fewer.

Want more information?  Watch this informative video!

If you live on campus, you do not need to fill out the census.  The university will do it for you!

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Outbreak of Scams Related to COVID-19

The Ohio Attorney General recently posted a warning about COVID-19 related scams. ISS wants to make sure that international students are aware of these scams- you can read more about them here- and know how to protect themselves.  Our website has other information that we hope you will find helpful.

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Resources for Students to Engage
in Summer Experiential Learning

Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education has updated guidance on their website regarding summer internships. If you are still looking for a way to gain experience this summer, check out these opportunities:

Summer 2020 REP (Remote Entrepreneurship Project) Program
The Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship and Post-Graduate Planning & Experiential Education (including LaunchNet) have teamed up to offer CWRU students the opportunity to work on summer projects for start-ups, including CWRU-linked companies. In addition to being paired with a start-up for a substantive project, each CWRU student accepted to the program will receive a stipend of $500. While the scope of the projects has not yet been finalized, we anticipate the projects requiring a minimum of 10 hours of work per week for about 6 weeks. The for application submissions will be May 14th. Application.

Parker Dewey Micro-Internships
Parker Dewey (PD) is an online platform that allows both graduate and undergraduate students (career launchers) the opportunity to do remote, paid, short-term projects throughout the year in a host of industries. Projects typically range between 40-50 hours per week, but can vary, with some projects starting as little as 10 hours per week. Students create accounts on the PD platform and apply directly to firms who make all hiring decisions based on student profiles, experiences and/or interests. Once students complete projects they receive compensation through 1099s from PD. International students are eligible through CPT. Click here for the landing page for CWRU where students can create accounts, find additional information and search for opportunities.

ISS Closed- Monday, May 25

The University will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 25.

In the event of an emergency, please follow the protocol listed on our website.

Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 26.

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ISSNews Summer Schedule

After Commencement, ISS will continue to publish and send ISSNews to all international students, but not every Wednesday since campus activities slow significantly during this time of year; however, please continue to check your CWRU email regularly and read through any ISSNews publications that we do send out. They will include information that is important to be aware of as student visa holders!

ISS will resume its weekly ISSNews publication in August as we all prepare for the new Fall semester!

Featured Events

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Study Abroad Friday Forums

Students are invited to connect with the Office of Education Abroad every Friday for the new Study Abroad Friday Forums. The forums will answer various student study abroad questions and highlight specifics about study abroad experiences every Friday at 1 pm via Zoom.

The forums will feature a different topic each week!

All CWRU students are welcome to attend. The link to participate can be found on the Study Abroad CampusGroups page:

Campus Events

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Kelvin Smith LIbrary Calls on CWRU Community to Record History with "COVID-19: Tell Your Story"

This week, the Case Western Reserve University community reflects on its legacy at the same time it navigates COVID-19, which will have an historic impact on campus and beyond. 

“The experiences endured by our campus during the COVID-19 pandemic have been nothing short of unprecedented.  We have shifted, we have pivoted and we have quickly transitioned, all as the world around us reels from the effects of this virus,” Provost and Executive Vice President Ben Vinson III said.

The outbreak has forced the world to adapt, with non-essential businesses closed, employees working from home, students of all ages learning through a computer screen, essential employees taking serious precautions before going to work, and health care workers facing the virus each day.

To document this significant moment in history, Kelvin Smith Library asks students, faculty, staff and alumni to record their personal experiences during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to be kept in the University Archives.

Read more about how you can be a part of this!


Diversity 360 - Open Session

Thursday, May 14
9:00am - 12:00pm
Senior Classroom, Tinkham Veale University Center. , 10900 Euclid Avenue Adelbert Hall, Room 109, Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7048, United States
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Note: RSVP numbers will be checked 60 hours before a session. If there are not at least 5 registrants at that point, the session will be cancelled.

Diversity 360 is a campus-wide diversity education program for students, faculty, and staff developed in collaboration with the Office for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity, the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Based on research from higher education and the corporate sector about cross-cultural competency and on results from university climate surveys, the modules will engage participants in learning to:

Increase capacity to recognize and engage in dialogue across the breadth of differences;

Deepen understanding of how affiliations in privileged and marginalized groups impact treatment on campus, campus climate and productivity.

Deepen awareness of types of micro-aggression and how they affect experiences on campus and in the local community.

Discover ways to become a change agent and diversity champion with new knowledge, ideas, and resources about university policies, programs, and best practices.

Diversity 360 includes pre and post-assessment of diversity-related knowledge, as well as, ongoing programming to assist members of the campus community with the goal of creating a welcoming campus climate at CWRU.


Good Vibes Only

During this very challenging time, ISS staff wants you to know that we are thinking about you- hoping you are safe, healthy, staying positive- and sending out good vibes!

In this section, we are including some things that we hope will make you laugh and smile, help you relax, be entertaining, give you something to do, etc.

This is a good vibes only section!

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Congratulate a member of the Class of 2020

This year, we can’t celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates in person, but members of the university community are finding new ways to recognize them, including the virtual commencement ceremony to be held Sunday, May 17.

To honor the Class of 2020’s hard work during their time at Case Western Reserve and to send them off with positivity, we invite fellow students, faculty, staff, alumni and family members to share messages for graduates for potential inclusion on university social media accounts and in The Daily.

Complete the form to share your well-wishes.

Do you have a video message you’d like to share? Send 14-second, vertical videos for Instagram stories to

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Some Good News (SGN) Graduation Edition

John Krasinski highlights some good news around the world (including weather from Ryan Reynolds) and sends the class of 2020 off with advice from Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Malala Yousafzai, and Jon Stewart.