There are approximately 120 University of Maryland students under the program.
Returning international students will now be able to retain their visa status come fall, even if all their classes are held virtually, as was the case in March when campuses began to close due to the coronavirus.
If implemented, the rule would impose a maximum period of authorized stay for international students and other non-immigrants to the U.S.
The two researchers won a $1.5 million grant to investigate how terrorists are created and rehabilitated.
It would allow officials to request visa applicants' social media handles.