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Explore the consequences of criminal behavior and SEVIS termination for international students and scholars. Join Elaine Kimbrell, J.D., Linda L. Melville, and Maria Zellar, J.D. to discuss the effects of criminal activity and its consequences and the impact they have on your campus. The presenters address questions such as:

  • What happens when a student is detained?
  • How does a conviction affect a student's status, ability to travel, or ability to change status?
  • What laws and regulations do advisers need to know about to legally and ethically respond to criminal activity?
  • What can a student who is terminated in SEVIS expect?
  • What practical advice can a DSO give international students?


  • Intermediate (Participants with general or basic knowledge of the topics, practices, resources, or publications covered)
  • Advanced (Participants with extensive knowledge of tropics practices, resources, or publications covered)

Webinar Objectives

  • Describe specific types of criminal activity that impact international students and scholars and list relevant agencies and laws that need to be considered when developing a response
  • Identify legal and ethical responsibilities and restrictions when dealing with agency information requests and criminal activity
  • Examine a criminal situation and develop a legal and appropriate response with federal agencies, law enforcement, legal counsel and students
  • Discuss communication materials needed to educate international students and scholars on the consequences of criminal activity


Elaine Kimbrell, JD
David Ware & Associates

Elaine Kimbrell graduated from the George Washington University in 2000, earning a BA in international affairs. In 2005, she earned her JD from Loyola University-New Orleans. Kimbrell served as a constituent services representative for U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, assisting constituents with their applications for federal benefits and specialized in immigration cases. She continued as Senator Landrieu’s projects assistant, focusing on federal funding opportunities. Kimbrell is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, a frequent presenter on a variety of immigration topics, and skilled in all areas of immigration law.

Linda Melville
University of New Mexico

For more than 20 years, Linda Melville has served as an ESL instructor, international adviser, and interim director for international education. Currently the associate director for international student and scholar services at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Linda received a master’s in international administration from the School for International Training and a master’s in lLinguistics/TESOL from California State University at Long Beach. A NAFSA network leader for the International Student Advisers Network (ISTA), she served in the Trainer Corps and has been a frequent presenter of sessions and workshops at regional and annual conferences since 1995.

Maria Zellar
University of Colorado-Boulder

Maria Zellar earned a BA in Japanese and international affairs from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1996. In 2002, she received her JD from the University of Oregon. She is currently an immigration specialist at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she advises international students and scholars, manages SEVIS for international student & scholar services, and is part of the Office of International Education IT Committee. A NAFSA member since 2004, Maria has served with Trainer Corps and has presented sessions and workshops at regional and national conferences.