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FAQ for International Students

The FAQ will help international students understand current updates by SEVP. Please see the Notice posted on April 21 below. Please contact ISA at whan@southbaylo.ed for any updates or questions.

Request a School Email

Students are NOT required to have a school email to join online classes for the Spring quarter starting April 13, 2020. Students are allowed to use their personal email to access online classes.

New Mission Statement of SBU

April 22, 2020

Dear Students,

South Baylo University is please to share the approval of our new institutional Mission Statement. This statement is reflective of SBU’s commitment to enhancing the education and practice of AOM in the community.
Effective April 22, 2020, South Baylo University’s Mission Statement is:

To expand the knowledge of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine and serve the community through quality education, research, and patient care.

In order to fulfill its mission, South Baylo University is committed to the following objectives:

  1. To prepare students with knowledge and skills in AOM to succeed in healthcare environment.
  2. To provide effective and high quality patient care through AOM and integrative healthcare.
  3. To promote and advance research, scholarly activities and professional development.
  4. To prepare students to become leaders in the community and in their profession.

We invite you to join us in carrying out the Mission of South Baylo University.

Highest regards,

SBU Administration

Notice for International Students

April 21, 2020
Dear SBU International Students, 

South Baylo University is committed to keeping you informed during the everchanging COVID-19 pandemic. As such, please review the most recent FAQs issued by SEVP.  

Issued 04.17.2020

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) continues to work to provide guidance to SEVP stakeholders related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Frequently Asked Questions for SEVP Stakeholders about COVID-19 continue to be regularly updated. The following sections in the FAQs were recently updated:

  • Employment
  • Travel
  • Form I-515A, “Notice to Student or Exchange Visitor” (new section)
  • M Students (new section)
  • Reporting School Changes
  • School Policies (new section)

A few of the new questions recently added include:

Should designated school officials (DSOs) with students on optional practical training (OPT) update the students’ employer addresses in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) with their remote work address? For students participating in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) extension, do their Forms I-983, “Training Plan for STEM OPT Students,” need to be updated with their remote work address?

No. DSOs should not update the employer address information in SEVIS nor on the Form I-983 for students working remotely.

What should students do if they need to return home within 60 days after completing their program of study, but their travel plans are complicated by a lack of commercially available flights or their country currently prohibits all inbound travel?

SEVP recognizes that some students may find it difficult to return home during the COVID-19 emergency because of diminished travel options. Students in this situation are encouraged to communicate with their DSO for guidance and to assess options for alternative study arrangements such as online classes during this time. DSOs should document in the student’s record any material information related to a student’s inability to leave the country due to COVID-19.

Please visit our Information Hub pages for the most recent updates.

Highest regards,


SBU Administration

Notice for Clinical  Training

April 9, 2020
Dear SBU Students and Faculty, 

South Baylo University is pleased to announce that ACAOM has approved Clinical Training under the Emergency Distance Education Waiver. 
Clinical Internship Schedule will be provided to students soon. 
All Clinical Internship Hours will be conducted via Distance Education.

The Anaheim and Los Angeles campuses will remain closed to patients and students, in observance of the California Shelter in Place Order, until June 1, 2020.
Student will be able to register, add/drop Clinical Internship Hours, with the instructions provided by Clinic Directors. A limited number of staff will be present on campus this quarter, and students are able to communicate with the staff and administration via email and phone. In person meetings may be available on a case by case basis.

Registered students will receive an email from their Clinic Director or Clinic Supervisor containing detailed information on how to join the clinical training session prior to the beginning of the training. Please continue to monitor the school website for updates and information.

In health, 

SBU Administration

Notice for Distance Learning  Training

April 2, 2020

Dear SBU Student,

You were informed about the need to acquire a southbaylo.edu email address. This was said to be required for taking part in the distance learning format we are adopting starting Spring 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and compliance with social distancing and stay at home orders by the state of California.

Considering our large number of students and some of the concerns they brought to our attention, we will ALLOW non-southbaylo.edu email addresses to take part in the distance learning.

Students will be allowed to use their private/personal email addresses to participate in their online classes at SBU. If you already filled the form, there is no need to worry or follow up by email. We received your submission. We will process your request to have a southbaylo.edu email address through the Spring 2020 term, and will inform you through your personal email once it is done. However, not having a southbaylo.edu address at this moment does not affect you negatively in any way so far as participating in distance learning is concerned.

We are organizing two remote video conference sessions to train you on what to expect distance learning with your SBU faculty will be like. Take note of the dates and times below and plan to attend. There will be good information and guidelines on how to take full advantage of the tools SBU is implementing to ensure you have a great learning experience during the Spring 2020 term.

Session 1: April 7, 2020 – 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Session 2: April 9, 2020 – 01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

To join the video meetings, go to this link:

Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 513-536-6096 and enter this PIN: 326 215 141#

Attendance to at least one of the two training sessions above is mandatory.

We at South Baylo University are committed to providing you with the best possible experience during your studies with us.

Lionnel Yamentou
Database Administrator / Web Developer

South Baylo University
1126 North Brookhurst Street
Anaheim, CA 92801

Notice Regarding Clinical Internship

 March 31, 2020

Dear Students,

We know that many of you are concerned regarding your clinical internship hours for the upcoming Spring quarter. Please know that South Baylo is working around the clock to establish and receive approval to offer limited Distance Education opportunities, both from ACAOM and the California Acupuncture Board, to support your clinical hours during this fluid and unprecedented time.

Although SBU is awaiting approval, and as such, we have nothing concrete to offer you as of today, we have every reason to believe that approval from ACAOM will be forthcoming and your hours will be available this coming quarter. Please continue to diligently check the school website and your SBU email account for up to date notices and information.

We greatly appreciate your patients and understanding as SBU, along with every other AOM university in the nation works to provide you with the best service and educational opportunities available.

In health,

SBU Administration

Please click here to see ACAOM’s Press Release


Notice to Students and Faculty

March 27, 2020

Dear SBU Students and Faculty,

South Baylo University continues to monitor and respond to directives issued by the government and our school regulatory bodies regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Spring quarter 2020 will begin on Monday, April 13th, 2020

The Anaheim and Los Angeles campuses will remain closed, in observance of the California Shelter in Place Order, until Tuesday, April 7th, 2020.

A limited number of staff will be present on campus during this time. Students are able to communicate with staff and the administration via email and phone. In-person meetings may be available on a case by case basis.

SBU is continuing to work with ACAOM and the California Acupuncture Board (CAB) to establish practicum/ clinic internship opportunities via Distance Language. We will continue to keep all members of the SBU community apprised of any new developments as soon as they become available.

Students will be receiving an email from their instructor containing information regarding login credentials for Google Classroom prior to the beginning of the quarter. Please continue to monitor the school website for updates and information.

Any questions regarding this notice or the university’s precautionary measures, please contact the Compliance Officer. Please continue to monitor the school website and your SBU email for real-time updates.


In health,

SBU Administration

Notice to SBU Community

 March 26, 2020

Dear SBU Students, Faculty, Staff and Patients,

We write to provide you an update on the COVID-19 outbreak and impacts as it pertains to our campus community.

The administration is pleased to report that ACAOM has approved SBU to offer Distance Learning through April 30th, 2020, however the Distance Education option may be extended beyond that date, with the approval of ACAOM and in accordance with State Guidelines.

The courses scheduled for Spring quarter 2020 are currently being modified to accommodate Distance Education. Students will receive notice from their respective instructors on how to access the Google Classroom platform for each course.

Please be advised that no member of SBU has tested positive for COVID-19. However, should you or a member of your household test positive, we urge you to notify SBU as soon as possible in order to maintain the health and integrity of our community and campuses. Be assured that your personal medical information will remain confidential.

Any questions regarding this notice or the university’s precautionary measures, please contact the Compliance Officer.

In health,

SBU Administration 

Notice to International Student

 March 23, 2020

Dear SBU International Students,

South Baylo University continues to monitor and respond to directives issued by the government and our school regulatory bodies regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are working closely with SEVS to ensure all international students are provided with the same level of service, as well as to ensure all regulations are properly met and documented. SEVS issued the following Requirements and Best Practices during this unprecedented time:

Students: Requirements and Best Practices

  • Maintain status: It is important that F and M students maintain their nonimmigrant student status, even during emergency events. This means you must continue to take all the necessary actions to remain in status, to the extent possible under the circumstances. You must also communicate with your designated school official (DSO) about the emergency plans on your campus, including any changes to your address.
  • Communicate with employers: If you are participating in practical training, work with your employer to maintain practical training agreements. If changes have been made to your workplace environment, SEVP encourages you to consult with your employer to seek alternative ways to maintain training agreements, such as teleworking or other arrangements.
  • Be cautious traveling: Refer to guidance from the CDC, U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for specific port-of-entry screening processes, as well as any travel restrictions.
  • Continue to check: https://www.ice.gov/covid19 for the most up-to-date information

For your convenience and reference, please find SEVS’s Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 attached. This is an invaluable resource to protect the health, welfare, and safety of the SBU community.

Any questions regarding this notice or the university’s precautionary measures, please contact the Compliance Officer.

Any questions regarding Student Visa’s or SEVP reporting, please contact the International Student Advisor, Dr. Woo Jin Han, at whan@southbayulo.edu

Please continue to monitor the school website and your SBU email for real-time updates.

Frequently Asked Questions for SEVP Stakeholders about COVID-19 – This document provides answers to frequently asked questions from Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) stakeholders about the impact of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) on SEVP-certified schools and F and M students.

South Baylo University responds to Governor’s stay-at-home order

March 19, 2020
In accordance with Governor Gavin Newsom’s statewide, stay-at-home order and with the assurance that higher education serves an essential service, South Baylo University will limit all on-campus operations to only those deemed “essential” services. Please see the details concerning the campus operations below.

Impact On SBU Of Statewide Order To Stay-At-Home

On Thursday, March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence in an effort to slow the statewide spread of the novel coronavirus

The State of California has clarified that higher education is identified as an essential service within this executive order. The guidance states that educators supporting public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing other essential functions—if operating under rules for social distancing—can continue to perform essential functions.

Staff and administrators who provide essential services are working on campus, while non-essential staff are working remotely. Essential services include:

  • Custodial Services
  • Financial Services
  • Information Services & Technology
  • Finance Office
  • President’s Office
  • Academic Dean’s office
  • Program Directors’ Offices
  • Facility / Safety Office
  • Senior Staff
  • Student Services
  • Clinic Directors

SBU clinics will remain closed until March 31, 2020.

As the situation changes, the SBU community will be advised and this site will be updated.

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