The Trump administration is nationally rescinding guidance that would have required international students to leave the United States if their coursework was held entirely online this upcoming fall during the COVID-19 pandemic, after the policy was heavily challenged in several federal courts.

The announcement was made at the start of a hearing Tuesday in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, where attorneys with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr were expected to argue on behalf of officials at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the policy.

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