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Resources for Students Affected by the War in Ukraine

The ongoing war in Ukraine concerns the USF community deeply, and affected students should become familiar with the resources made available here. Check back often for updated information.

Immigration

Special Student Relief - Ukraine

Effective April 19, 2022 until October 19, 2023
Federal Register notice at 87 FR 23189 (April 19, 2022).

To be eligible, an F-1 student must:

  • Be a citizen of Ukraine, regardless of country of birth (or be an individual having no nationality who last habitually resided in Ukraine);
  • Have been lawfully present in the United States in F-1 nonimmigrant status on April 19, 2022;
  • Be enrolled in an Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school;
  • Be currently maintaining F-1 nonimmigrant status; and
  • Be experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Temporary Protected Status - Ukraine

Students can also read more information about Temporary Protected Status (TPS) on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website. Please note that while the USF Office of International Services can help you with the TPS process we suggest speaking with an immigration attorney. Access FAQs about the designation and process here.

 

USF student Resources and Events

USF recognizes that members of the university community may be affected by the war in Ukraine in different ways.  Whether you are a student, faculty or staff member, it’s important to know that USF offers resources for those who feel impacted.

Student Academic Resources

Academic advisors and advocates are available to assist stud/ents experiencing academic stressors, needing to declare or change a major, view registration tutorials, etc.If you need assistance, please visit the Student Academic Resources page for information related to your specific campus.

Feed-A-Bull Food Pantry

Feed-A-Bull is the confidential Tampa campus food pantry available to enrolled students to address food insecurity by providing supplemental food to students in need, as well as education and resources to students related to purchasing and preparing balanced food on a budget. Food pantries are operated on all University of South Florida campuses; students may utilize the campus pantry most convenient for them.

Student Counseling and Ombuds Office

The USF Counseling Center stands ready to support students in need. Those affected may access walk-in counseling services at the Counseling Center in SVC 2124 Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8am to 4pm. Please note that the USF Counseling Center is closed from 12pm-1pm daily for lunch. Counselors are also available to speak with students using their 24-hour number: (813) 974-2831. To speak with a licensed counselor after hours, press 3. For online support, USF Togetherall support can be accessed here.

The USF Student Ombuds Office can help you when you have any concern about USF (policies, processes, personnel, etc.). We do all of this while maintaining our ethics of informality, impartiality, independence and confidentiality. The ombuds will listen to your concerns and provide guidance on a continuum of resolution processes available to you. They can clarify policies and procedures, discuss avenues for disputing grades or other decisions, listen when you feel you have been treated unfairly, and help you manage challenging relationships with faculty or staff members. The ombuds also works closely with USF decision makers to address systemic issues affecting students. There are campus-based ombuds liaisons at the USF St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee campuses. You can learn more about scheduling appointments on any campus (or virtually) by contacting the office at 813-974-0835 or ombuds@usf.edu

Ukraine: What’s Next? Speaker series provides insights on the global and local impacts of the war in Ukraine

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus is jointly hosting a four-part virtual speaker series, "Ukraine: What’s Next?," bringing together leading experts across a range of topics to share insights on the global and local impacts from the war in Ukraine." The April 13 session focused on the geopolitical military and intelligence industry insights, while other sessions will run from 9am to noon and include topics focused on financial and economic impacts (April 27), cyber security analysis (May 10), and diplomatic and humanitarian aspects (May 24). You can register and view more details for the event(s) here.

 

financial support

USF World is working directly with students from the Eastern European region and may also be able to assist individuals with future travel plans. If you would like to support USF’s international students by donating to our International Student Support Fund directly, you can do so here. Donations help to support students struggling to pay for everyday expenses such as apartment rent, utilities, household supplies, transportation, and in some cases, travel costs.

 

external resources if you want to help

When global events affect students, staff, and faculty at home, USF World often receives questions about where people can donate or otherwise offer their assistance. This page is designed to help those in the greater Tampa Bay area identify vetted organizations and funds that offer resources to those who are most affected by unexpected natural disasters, armed conflict, and disease outbreak.