While abroad, you are not only representing your home country, but CISabroad as well. For this reason, we expect all students to behave in a legal manner that is respectful of other people, customs, and property. As a student, you are responsible for researching and understanding issues that relate to your respective host country’s laws, as well as the safety, health, political, and cultural conditions of the host country. While enrolled in a CISabroad program it is expected that participants will abide by the following code of conduct. Violation of this code will be met with appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the program.
While in a foreign country, a U.S. citizen is subject to that country’s laws and regulations. That country may not afford the protections available under U.S. law. Any student convicted of a crime abroad can expect incarceration and/or fines. CISabroad will not assist in legal matters caused by a participant’s use of alcohol or drugs.
Violation of any of the following may result in disciplinary action from CIS:
• Violation of the Alcohol and Drug Use Policy (See below)
• Criminal behavior or violation of local laws, including theft or vandalism
• Violation of rules in effect in the student’s residence
• Violation of rules in effect at the host university
• Repeated intoxication
• Abusive language or behavior toward CISabroad staff, university faculty/staff, host family, or other CISabroad program participants
• Sexual harassment
• Disorderly, indecent, or obscene conduct
• Violent behavior
• Damage to CISabroad facilities, housing, university, hotels, or transportation vehicles
• Plagiarism and cheating
• Falsification of documents or personal records submitted to CISabroad as part of the application or acceptance process.
• Any inappropriate conduct including but not limited to violation of any CISabroad policies.
Alcohol and Drug Use Policy
Participants who choose to drink alcohol are responsible for their actions at all times. Excessive drinking may be grounds for dismissal as it can affect the safety of the group and/or the individual. Intoxicated students will not be allowed to participate on any CISabroad excursion or activity, and will not receive a refund for the missed excursion or activity. The use, sale, or possession of drugs by CISabroad participants is strictly prohibited and will result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the program. Any violation of the alcohol and drug policy will be taken seriously by CISabroad and the participant will be appropriately disciplined.
CISabroad staff will have an investigation and/or review before taking disciplinary action. Please note: If a student engages in violent behavior towards any member of the CISabroad staff, host family, university faculty/staff or other CISabroad participants they will be immediately removed from the program.
Disciplinary action may include but is not limited to any of the following:
• Notification: CISabroad may notify the student’s home university of any violation of CISabroad policies.
• Restitution: Student may be required to pay for damages or theft.
• Loss of privileges: Student may be denied permission to participate in CISabroad activities, excursions, etc. permanently or for a designated time period. No refund will be given for missed activities.
• Housing termination: CISabroad has the authority to remove any participant from his/her residence and/or the program in the case of inappropriate behavior. If this occurs, the student must then find his/her own housing at his/her own expense. No refunds for housing payments will be given.
• Probation: Student may be given disciplinary probation in the case of inappropriate behavior. Any further violation during probation will result in dismissal.
• Dismissal: Student may be permanently expelled from the CISabroad program. The dismissed student will not receive a refund of any kind.
• Termination of participation does not diminish or otherwise affect the student’s obligation to make any and all payments to CISabroad. The dismissed student will not receive any grades or transcript. The dismissed student may be required to reimburse his/her home university for financial aid received. The home university may take appropriate action in response to dismissal, such as denying registration, suspension or dismissal from the home university.