International Student Services
You are 100% responsible for your immigration status and following the rules of your status.
Champlain College is 100% responsible for reporting in SEVIS whether or not you are maintaining your status.
SEVIS: Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. After 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security built a database to monitor and report on the activities of F, M, and J students/scholars and their schools.
RO/ARO: Responsible Officer/Alternate Responsible Officer. A RO or ARO helps you understand the rules of your status and reports whether or not you are maintaining your status in SEVIS. This person is specifically trained in U.S. immigration regulations regarding J-1 students. At Champlain College, your primary ARO is the Assistant Director, International Student Services in OIE.
STATUS: Permission to be in the United States for a period of time for a specific activity. You were given your status by the Customs and Border Protection inspector either in your passport or on your Form I-94A (the white card for those arriving by land). Your passport or Form I-94A should have a stamp notated "J-1 D/S". You are in the US for the purpose of international exchange and to pursue a full course of study for a specific time as long as you obey the rules.
DS-2019: Form DS-2019 certifies that a specific sponsor has brought you to the U.S. for a specific field of study.
By signing your Form DS-2019 on Page 1, you agree to obey the rules of J-1 status.
If you obey these rules outlined above, you are "maintaining your status".
Please consult with your ARO should you ever have questions regarding your J-1 status.