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Student Conduct Review

Illegal Activity & Drug Use

Sexual Harassment

Alcohol Abuse and Misuse

Dismissal from a Program

Student Conduct Review

Effective with Fall Break 2015 programs, Learning Abroad will forward your name to the University of Utah Student Conduct Office for review. While the existence of past sanctions is not necessarily grounds for disqualification, it is taken into account during the pre-decision process for all Learning Abroad Programs and provided to any third party entities associated with your program that request your conduct record. If there are questions or concerns about your review, you will be contacted through Umail. Learning Abroad will mark this requirement as complete after your conduct record has been approved by the University of Utah Student Conduct Office. If you have questions or concerns about your conduct record, please contact the University of Utah Student Conduct Office.

If you are a non-U of U student, you are required to submit the Conduct Record Form. The Conduct Record Form can be found in your online application.  

Illegal Activity & Drug Use

While traveling abroad, you are subject to the laws of the countries that you visit. The United States government and the University of Utah cannot ensure your safety should you participate in an illegal activity. Neither entity can protect you from arrest, incarceration or punishment. Additionally, the U.S. government and the University of Utah cannot protect you from discrimination within a foreign legal system. The use, purchase or sale of illegal drugs, in particular, is a crime often punishable by the severest penalties abroad.

The University of Utah has a zero-tolerance policy for the possession, use, manufacture, production, sale, exchange, or distribution of illegal drugs by anyone participating in a Learning Abroad Program. Violation of this policy will result in immediate dismissal from the program and disciplinary action upon return to campus.

The U.S. government and the University of Utah are unable to assist you if you are caught with drugs. You will be subject to the laws and penalties of the host country. Laws governing drug use and drug trafficking abroad are EXTREMELY harsh. If you are caught in possession of illegal drugs or commit any other illegal act, you will be subject to local, not U.S., laws. Imprisonment for drug related charges abroad is almost guaranteed in these situations and the term of incarceration is typically very long.

Sexual Harassment

Notify the Faculty Director or the Office of Equal Opportunity immediately if you feel you have been harassed or if you are at all uncomfortable with someone in your host family, a peer, instructor, etc. Keep in mind that concepts of sexual harassment are cultural. Behaviors that would be considered harassment in the United States may not be considered harassment in the host country. To ensure that you are correctly interpreting your interactions, discuss the situation with your program director.

You must make the Program Director aware of the situation and ask for help in resolving the problem. If the harassment involves the Program Director, please inform your Learning abroad Coordinator. You should also notify the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at 801-581-8365.

Alcohol Abuse and Misuse

Statistically, the use of alcohol is related to many health and safety emergencies involving students abroad. Alcohol misuse and abuse will not be tolerated on learning abroad programs. The University recommends that you avoid the risks associated with drinking. Additionally, students should be aware that the alcohol content of drinks overseas is typically higher than it would be in the U.S. For this reason, you should use extreme caution when consuming alcohol. Do not endanger yourself, your peers, or the community.

Students must comply with local drinking laws. These laws may differ from those of the United States. For instance, in many countries the legal drinking age is 18. The penalties for breaking laws governing the use and sale of alcohol are also likely to be different from the U.S. In addition to understanding that there are legal consequences, it is important to recognize that there are cultural ramifications to drinking. Most cultures disapprove of “getting drunk.” If you disregard local culture and choose to drink alcohol anyway, you may find that you are treated differently by the community, your peers, and your host family as a result of your behavior.

Disruptive or disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated. Moreover, inappropriate conduct resulting from the consumption of alcohol could result in dismissal from your program. Examples of such behavior include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Inattentiveness in class
  • Tardiness & poor attendance
  • Disruption of program activities
  • Disrespect towards peers,community members,or faculty
  • Behavior that endangers your well-being or the well-being of others

Faculty Directors and on-site personnel have the discretion to determine if the consumption of alcohol is appropriate during the program. That said, Faculty Directors and on-site staff may impose additional restrictions on the consumption of alcohol. Students are required to follow all instructions given by Faculty Directors or on-site personnel. Failure to follow instructions can result in your dismissal from the program. Contact Learning Abroad if you have questions or concerns about the alcohol policy for Learning Abroad Programs.

Dismissal from a Program

A dismissal occurs when a student is involuntarily removed from a Learning Abroad Program or when an acceptance to a Learning Abroad Program is rescinded for any reason. Once you have been dismissed, you will no longer be considered a program participant. If this occurs after the program start date, you must vacate the housing facilities and follow University procedures for departure from the host country. Any costs associated with your departure will be at your own expense. You are responsible for fulfilling all financial obligations in the host country before departure. Failure to do so may result in a hold on your student account. If you are dismissed from a program for any reason, you are subject to the financial penalties outlined in the withdrawal penalties.

Many of our programs are associated with organizations, institutions, and affiliate providers in the host country. Students participating in a program that collaborates with any of these entities are subject to the refund, withdrawal, dismissal, academic and disciplinary regulations of the host organization as well as the policies set forth by the University of Utah. In the event that you violate the rules or regulations of your host, you may be subject to dismissal by the host organization. If you are dismissed by your host organization, you will be subject to the withdrawal penalties of the host as well as the withdrawal policy at the University of Utah. It is your responsibility to inquire about and understand the rules and regulations at your host institution, organization, or affiliate.