Federal Student Aid Programs (Institutional Eligibility); Foreign Institutions Affected by Natural Disasters, 48424-48425 [2017-22628]

Download as PDF 48424 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 200 / Wednesday, October 18, 2017 / Rules and Regulations jeopardizing the safety or security of people, places or vessels. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION 34 CFR Part 600 List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165 Federal Student Aid Programs (Institutional Eligibility); Foreign Institutions Affected by Natural Disasters Harbors, Marine Safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Security Measures, Waterways. Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education. ACTION: Identification of inapplicable regulatory provisions. AGENCY: For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 165 as follows: PART 165—REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS 1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1231; 50 U.S.C. 191; 33 CFR 1.05–1, 6.04–1, 6.04–6, and 160.5; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1 2. Add § 165.T08–0913 to read as follows: ■ ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with RULES § 165.T08–0913 Cincinnati, OH. Safety zone; Ohio River, (a) Location. The following area is a safety zone: All navigable waters of the Ohio River between mile marker (MM) 469.5 and MM 470.1 in Cincinnati, OH. (b) Effective period. This temporary safety zone will be enforced from 7:45 p.m. through 8:45 p.m. on October 19, 2017. (c) Regulations. (1) In accordance with the general regulations in § 165.23 of this part, entry into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Ohio Valley (COTP) or a designated representative. Persons or vessels desiring to enter into or pass through the zone must request permission from the COTP or a designated representative. They may be contacted on VHF–FM radio channel 16 or phone at 1–800–253–7465. (2) Persons and vessels permitted to deviate from this safety zone regulation and enter the restricted area must transit at the slowest safe speed and comply with all lawful directions issued by the COTP or a designated representative. (d) Informational broadcasts. The COTP or a designated representative will inform the public through broadcast notices to mariners of the enforcement period for the temporary safety zone as well as any changes in the planned schedule. Dated: October 10, 2017. M.B. Zamperini, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, Sector Ohio Valley. [FR Doc. 2017–22594 Filed 10–17–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:09 Oct 17, 2017 Jkt 244001 The Secretary is identifying as temporarily inapplicable certain regulatory provisions determining whether an educational institution qualifies in whole or in part as an eligible institution of higher education under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), to provide relief to foreign institutions affected by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. DATES: The regulatory provisions identified in this document are inapplicable from October 18, 2017, through the earlier of June 30, 2019, or the date that an affected foreign institution can resume operation in its home country. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wendy Macias, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW., Room 6C111, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 203–9155 or by email: Wendy.Macias@ed.gov. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1–800–877– 8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The regulations at 34 CFR 600.51(c) state, ‘‘A foreign institution must comply with all requirements for eligible and participating institutions except when made inapplicable by the HEA or when the Secretary, through publication in the Federal Register, identifies specific provisions as inapplicable to foreign institutions.’’ Under this authority, the Secretary is identifying as inapplicable the regulatory provisions listed below from 34 CFR part 600, which determine whether an educational institution qualifies in whole or in part as an eligible institution of higher education under the HEA, and may apply to participate in programs authorized by the HEA. We are taking this action to provide relief to foreign institutions affected by Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Maria. This action allows a foreign institution that can no longer operate in its home country due to the effects of Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Maria to temporarily operate in another country, contingent SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 upon the foreign institution receiving approval from the Secretary for the relocation after providing: • The plan and timeline for the temporary relocation, including details of the program offerings and an agreement with any institution at which the affected institution will temporarily relocate; • Approval of the plan and timeline for the temporary relocation from the foreign institution’s accrediting body, including an agreement by that accrediting body to visit and monitor operations at the temporary location; • Documentation from the government of the country where the temporary campus will be located that the foreign institution will be allowed to operate the temporary location for the period of time specified in the timeline; and • Any additional information the Secretary requires for approval. The Secretary reserves the right to revoke through written notice her approval of a foreign institution for relocation upon evidence of waste, fraud, or abuse. The Secretary is identifying as inapplicable the following regulations: 1. 34 CFR 600.52, definition of a ‘‘foreign institution,’’ paragraph (1)(i), requiring that a foreign institution not be located in a State; 2. 34 CFR 600.52, definition of a ‘‘foreign institution,’’ paragraph (1)(ii), requiring that, with the exception of the clinical training portion of a foreign medical, veterinary, or nursing program, a foreign institution (1) have no U.S. locations; (2) have no written arrangements, within the meaning of § 668.5, with institutions or organizations located in the United States for students enrolling at the foreign institution to take courses from institutions located in the United States; and (3) does not permit students to enroll in any course offered by the foreign institution in the United States, including research, work, internship, externship, or special studies within the United States, except that independent research done by an individual student in the United States for not more than one academic year is permitted if it is conducted during the dissertation phase of a doctoral program under the guidance of faculty, and the research can only be performed in a facility in the United States; 3. 34 CFR 600.52, definition of a ‘‘foreign institution,’’ paragraph (1)(iii), requiring a foreign institution to be legally authorized by the education ministry, council, or equivalent agency of the country in which the institution is located to provide an educational E:\FR\FM\18OCR1.SGM 18OCR1 ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 200 / Wednesday, October 18, 2017 / Rules and Regulations program beyond the secondary education level; 4. 34 CFR 600.52, definition of a ‘‘foreign institution,’’ paragraph (1)(iv), requiring a foreign institution to award degrees, certificates, or other recognized educational credentials in accordance with § 600.54(e) that are officially recognized by the country in which the institution is located; 5. 34 CFR 600.52, definition of a ‘‘foreign institution,’’ paragraph (2), requiring that, if an educational enterprise enrolls students both within a State and outside a State, and the number of students who would be eligible to receive title IV, HEA program funds attending locations outside a State is at least twice the number of students enrolled within a State, the locations outside a State must apply to participate as one or more foreign institutions and must meet all requirements of the definition of a ‘‘foreign institution,’’ and the other requirements applicable to foreign institutions; 6. 34 CFR 600.54(d)(1), requiring the additional locations of a foreign institution to separately meet the definition of a ‘‘foreign institution’’ in 34 CFR 600.52 if the additional location is located outside of the country in which the main campus is located, except as provided for the clinical training portion of a program of a foreign graduate medical school, veterinary school, or nursing school; 7. 34 CFR 600.55(a)(2)(iii), requiring that, as part of its clinical training, a foreign graduate medical school does not offer more than two electives consisting of no more than eight weeks per student at a site located in a foreign country other than the country in which the main campus is located or in the United States, unless that location is included in the accreditation of a medical program accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); 8. 34 CFR 600.55(b)(1)(i), requiring that a foreign graduate medical school be approved by an accrediting body that is legally authorized to evaluate the quality of graduate medical school educational programs and facilities in the country where the school is located; and 9. 34 CFR 600.55(h), requiring that a foreign graduate medical program offered to U.S. students: • Must be located in the country in which the main campus of the school is located, except for the clinical training portion of the program, and must be in a country whose medical school accrediting standards are comparable to U.S. standards as determined by the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:09 Oct 17, 2017 Jkt 244001 NCFMEA, except for exempt clinical training sites in 34 CFR 600.55(h)(3)(ii), or clinical sites located in the United States. • Unless a clinical training site is an exempt clinical training site under 34 CFR 600.55(h)(3)(ii), for students to be eligible to receive Direct Loan funds at any part of the clinical training portion of the program located in a foreign country other than the country where the main campus of the foreign graduate medical school is located or in the United States: (i) The school’s medical accrediting agency must have conducted an on-site evaluation and approved the clinical training site, and (ii) the clinical instruction must be offered in conjunction with programs offered to students enrolled in accredited schools located in that approved foreign country. 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Specifically, through the advanced search feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published by the Department. Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1082, 1088. Dated: October 13, 2017. Kathleen A. Smith, Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education. [FR Doc. 2017–22628 Filed 10–17–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 48425 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA–R05–OAR–2015–0034; FRL–9969–59– Region 5] Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Minnesota; Regional Haze Progress Report Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Direct final rule. AGENCY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a regional haze progress report under the Clean Air Act as a revision to the Minnesota State Implementation Plan (SIP). Minnesota has satisfied the progress report requirements of the Regional Haze Rule. The progress report examines Minnesota’s progress in implementing its regional haze plan during the first half of the first implementation period. Minnesota has met the requirements for submitting a periodic report describing its progress toward reasonable progress goals (RPGs) established for regional haze. Minnesota also provided a determination of the adequacy of its plan in addressing regional haze with its negative declaration submitted with the progress report. Because the state addresses the applicable requirements, EPA is approving the progress report and adequacy determination for the first implementation period for regional haze as a revision to the Minnesota SIP. DATES: This direct final rule will be effective December 18, 2017, unless EPA receives adverse comments by November 17, 2017. If adverse comments are received, EPA will publish a timely withdrawal of the direct final rule in the Federal Register informing the public that the rule will not take effect. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 200 (Wednesday, October 18, 2017)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

34 CFR Part 600


Federal Student Aid Programs (Institutional Eligibility); Foreign 
Institutions Affected by Natural Disasters

AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.

ACTION: Identification of inapplicable regulatory provisions.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary is identifying as temporarily inapplicable 
certain regulatory provisions determining whether an educational 
institution qualifies in whole or in part as an eligible institution of 
higher education under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended 
(HEA), to provide relief to foreign institutions affected by Hurricane 
Irma and Hurricane Maria.

DATES: The regulatory provisions identified in this document are 
inapplicable from October 18, 2017, through the earlier of June 30, 
2019, or the date that an affected foreign institution can resume 
operation in its home country.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wendy Macias, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW., Room 6C111, Washington, DC 20202. 
Telephone: (202) 203-9155 or by email: Wendy.Macias@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or text 
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-
800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The regulations at 34 CFR 600.51(c) state, 
``A foreign institution must comply with all requirements for eligible 
and participating institutions except when made inapplicable by the HEA 
or when the Secretary, through publication in the Federal Register, 
identifies specific provisions as inapplicable to foreign 
institutions.'' Under this authority, the Secretary is identifying as 
inapplicable the regulatory provisions listed below from 34 CFR part 
600, which determine whether an educational institution qualifies in 
whole or in part as an eligible institution of higher education under 
the HEA, and may apply to participate in programs authorized by the 
HEA.
    We are taking this action to provide relief to foreign institutions 
affected by Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Maria. This action allows a 
foreign institution that can no longer operate in its home country due 
to the effects of Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Maria to temporarily 
operate in another country, contingent upon the foreign institution 
receiving approval from the Secretary for the relocation after 
providing:
     The plan and timeline for the temporary relocation, 
including details of the program offerings and an agreement with any 
institution at which the affected institution will temporarily 
relocate;
     Approval of the plan and timeline for the temporary 
relocation from the foreign institution's accrediting body, including 
an agreement by that accrediting body to visit and monitor operations 
at the temporary location;
     Documentation from the government of the country where the 
temporary campus will be located that the foreign institution will be 
allowed to operate the temporary location for the period of time 
specified in the timeline; and
     Any additional information the Secretary requires for 
approval.
    The Secretary reserves the right to revoke through written notice 
her approval of a foreign institution for relocation upon evidence of 
waste, fraud, or abuse.
    The Secretary is identifying as inapplicable the following 
regulations:
    1. 34 CFR 600.52, definition of a ``foreign institution,'' 
paragraph (1)(i), requiring that a foreign institution not be located 
in a State;
    2. 34 CFR 600.52, definition of a ``foreign institution,'' 
paragraph (1)(ii), requiring that, with the exception of the clinical 
training portion of a foreign medical, veterinary, or nursing program, 
a foreign institution (1) have no U.S. locations; (2) have no written 
arrangements, within the meaning of Sec.  668.5, with institutions or 
organizations located in the United States for students enrolling at 
the foreign institution to take courses from institutions located in 
the United States; and (3) does not permit students to enroll in any 
course offered by the foreign institution in the United States, 
including research, work, internship, externship, or special studies 
within the United States, except that independent research done by an 
individual student in the United States for not more than one academic 
year is permitted if it is conducted during the dissertation phase of a 
doctoral program under the guidance of faculty, and the research can 
only be performed in a facility in the United States;
    3. 34 CFR 600.52, definition of a ``foreign institution,'' 
paragraph (1)(iii), requiring a foreign institution to be legally 
authorized by the education ministry, council, or equivalent agency of 
the country in which the institution is located to provide an 
educational

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program beyond the secondary education level;
    4. 34 CFR 600.52, definition of a ``foreign institution,'' 
paragraph (1)(iv), requiring a foreign institution to award degrees, 
certificates, or other recognized educational credentials in accordance 
with Sec.  600.54(e) that are officially recognized by the country in 
which the institution is located;
    5. 34 CFR 600.52, definition of a ``foreign institution,'' 
paragraph (2), requiring that, if an educational enterprise enrolls 
students both within a State and outside a State, and the number of 
students who would be eligible to receive title IV, HEA program funds 
attending locations outside a State is at least twice the number of 
students enrolled within a State, the locations outside a State must 
apply to participate as one or more foreign institutions and must meet 
all requirements of the definition of a ``foreign institution,'' and 
the other requirements applicable to foreign institutions;
    6. 34 CFR 600.54(d)(1), requiring the additional locations of a 
foreign institution to separately meet the definition of a ``foreign 
institution'' in 34 CFR 600.52 if the additional location is located 
outside of the country in which the main campus is located, except as 
provided for the clinical training portion of a program of a foreign 
graduate medical school, veterinary school, or nursing school;
    7. 34 CFR 600.55(a)(2)(iii), requiring that, as part of its 
clinical training, a foreign graduate medical school does not offer 
more than two electives consisting of no more than eight weeks per 
student at a site located in a foreign country other than the country 
in which the main campus is located or in the United States, unless 
that location is included in the accreditation of a medical program 
accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the 
American Osteopathic Association (AOA);
    8. 34 CFR 600.55(b)(1)(i), requiring that a foreign graduate 
medical school be approved by an accrediting body that is legally 
authorized to evaluate the quality of graduate medical school 
educational programs and facilities in the country where the school is 
located; and
    9. 34 CFR 600.55(h), requiring that a foreign graduate medical 
program offered to U.S. students:
     Must be located in the country in which the main campus of 
the school is located, except for the clinical training portion of the 
program, and must be in a country whose medical school accrediting 
standards are comparable to U.S. standards as determined by the NCFMEA, 
except for exempt clinical training sites in 34 CFR 600.55(h)(3)(ii), 
or clinical sites located in the United States.
     Unless a clinical training site is an exempt clinical 
training site under 34 CFR 600.55(h)(3)(ii), for students to be 
eligible to receive Direct Loan funds at any part of the clinical 
training portion of the program located in a foreign country other than 
the country where the main campus of the foreign graduate medical 
school is located or in the United States: (i) The school's medical 
accrediting agency must have conducted an on-site evaluation and 
approved the clinical training site, and (ii) the clinical instruction 
must be offered in conjunction with programs offered to students 
enrolled in accredited schools located in that approved foreign 
country.
    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this 
document in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, 
audiotape, or compact disc) on request to the program contact person 
listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this 
document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free 
internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the 
Code of Federal Regulations is available via the Federal Digital System 
at: www.gpo.gov/fdsys. At this site you can view this document, as well 
as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal 
Register, in text or Portable Document Format (PDF). To use PDF you 
must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the site.
    You may also access documents of the Department published in the 
Federal Register by using the article search feature at: 
www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search 
feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published 
by the Department.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1082, 1088.

    Dated: October 13, 2017.
Kathleen A. Smith,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.
[FR Doc. 2017-22628 Filed 10-17-17; 8:45 am]
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