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“Implementing the USA PATRIOT ACT: A Case Study of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)”
Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal (2006)
  • Kam C. Wong, Xavier University
Abstract

On September 11, 2001, terrorists attacked America without warning, killing 2749 in New York City alone. 9/11 precipitated a renew call for stricter monitoring of foreign visitors. Consequently, the Congress passed the USA PATRIOT ACT on October 26, 2001 mandating the establishment the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) by January 30, 2003. SEVIS was designed to track and monitor international students electronically while they are in the United States.

A cursory review of literature informs that there is no comprehensive and systematic study of the SEVIS related implementation problems and issues, especially from the university administration perspective. This is a first attempt to fill this inexplicable but critical literature gap. It seeks to answer the research question: what were the implementation problems and resulting impact of SEVIS on university administration, particularly at international offices of higher learning all over the nation.

The contribution of this study is in providing useful data to help with our understanding of problems and issues associated with the implementation of SEVIS. Specifically, it allows us to have a better understanding of the impact and implication of SEVIS on university administration. On a still larger compass, this research provides data and serves as context for critical analysis and objective assessment of the desirability of USA PATRIOT Act.

Keywords
  • USA Patriot Act,
  • Visitor Information System,
  • (SEVIS),
  • terrorism
Disciplines
Publication Date
2006
Citation Information
Kam C. Wong. "“Implementing the USA PATRIOT ACT: A Case Study of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)”" Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal Vol. 2 (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kam_wong1/64/