The Office of International Student Services (OISS) provides assistance to our international students (undergraduate, graduate, and English language students) in many ways. We counsel students on immigration matters, guide students through the cultural adjustment process and connect students to the services and activities available on our campus and in the wider community. We also educate students about their rights and responsibilities while in F-1 student status. The OISS acts as an advocate for all students in non-immigrant status (i.e., F-1, A-1, G-1, E-2, L-2, ...etc.)
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The Office of International Student Services (OISS) at Manhattanville College places service to international students first among its priorities, recognizing these persons as the Office's main constituency. As a primary information resource for international students, this Office seeks ways to effectively communicate and inform students of their rights, responsibilities, and procedures, in accord with institutional and federal mandates.
As a service-oriented office, in addition to providing efficient and immediate access to information, this office facilitates and coordinates activities of international students pertaining to administrative and social adjustment matters.
As the principal administrative officer (also known as the Designated School Officer/DSO under federal law), the director of the Office of International Student Services (OISS) assists the chief officers of the institution by providing reports, analyses, and recommendations required for policy formation. The OISS staff also serves as a policy maker and acts to facilitate and implement institutional policy, providing interpretation and enforcement of policy, as required under CFR 8 - Regulations Affecting Foreign Students.
This office provides data for internal and external reporting, assists schools and departments by furnishing needed data and other services, assists the faculty whenever possible, and renders services to the alumni of the College.
The values described herein are intended to guide the work behaviors of staff members as they perform assigned tasks. It is not assumed that these values represent or should represent the complete value set of an individual. Also, there is no attempt to intrude on anyone's moral or religious orientation. Service excellence in the Office of International Student Services will be measured by how well each employee performs in accordance with these values. Together, these values are this Office's service ethic. (Also see NAFSA: Association of International Educators Code of Ethics)
Students are our number one priority
Although we are committed to serving the management and the administration of the College, we believe that by placing the students' interests first, we are also serving the College's interests. We accept the dual role of student advocate and administrative expediter to College departments, and of agent for the College to enforce established policies and procedures and monitoring their compliance. Quality service to students, as represented by the visible execution of the foregoing values, through words and actions, is the raison d’être of each staff member of the Office.
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