What Schools Need to Know about Remedial Action Plans
May 20, 2015
To help ensure school compliance with regulations and Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) data integrity, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has ongoing monitoring efforts in place. One of those efforts is called a Remedial Action Plan.
SEVP sends the principal designated school official at SEVP-certified schools a Remedial Action Plan when SEVP’s compliance unit notices a deficiency in the school’s SEVIS records, or if the school is out of compliance with governing regulations. This plan outlines the required actions the school needs to take to resolve the deficiency and remain SEVP-certified.
SEVP may, at its discretion, implement a Remedial Action Plan rather than issue the withdrawal of a school’s SEVP certification. The plan may be issued for minor record keeping errors or for other issues related to the administration of F and/or M international students, if deemed by SEVP to be non-egregious.
It is important for school officials to take the required action listed in the Remedial Action Plan by the required date. School officials who do not respond to or comply with the Remedial Action Plan will receive a Notice of Intent to Withdraw, which means SEVP may consequently withdraw the school's certification to enroll international students.
If your school believes it incorrectly received a Remedial Action Plan, it is still important to provide a timely response with the information requested, as well as an explanation as to why your school believes SEVP issued the plan in error.
To help avoid receiving a Remedial Action Plan, be sure to do a regular review of your school’s Form I-17, “Petition for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Student,” and student records in SEVIS to ensure they are accurate and up-to-date.
It is important to note that Remedial Action Plans are different from an out-of-cycle review, which is a full review to verify the school’s compliance. Out-of-cycle reviews are conducted prior to a school’s certification expiration date. Like Remedial Action Plans, out-of-cycle reviews can be issued at any time to ensure the school is complying with reporting and record keeping requirements.
Have questions about Remedial Action Plans or school compliance requirements? Email SEVP@ice.dhs.gov.