Student Code of Conduct

This is the CIS Abroad Code of Conduct to which every participant must agree. All participants will receive a copy of this as part of the application process.

While abroad, you are not only representing your home country, but CIS Abroad 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 CIS Abroad 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.

Behavior Policy

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. CIS Abroad 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 Abroad:

  • 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 CIS Abroad staff, university faculty/staff, host family, or other CIS Abroad program participants
  • Sexual harassment
  • Disorderly, indecent, or obscene conduct
  • Violent behavior
  • Damage to CIS Abroad facilities, housing, university, hotels, or transportation vehicles
  • Plagiarism and cheating
  • Falsification of documents or personal records submitted to CIS Abroad as part of the application or acceptance process.
  • Any inappropriate conduct including but not limited to violation of any CIS Abroad 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 CIS Abroad excursion or activity, and will not receive a refund for the missed excursion or activity.

The use, sale, or possession of drugs by CIS Abroad 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 CIS Abroad and the participant will be appropriately disciplined.

Disciplinary Action

CIS Abroad 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 CIS Abroad staff, host family, university faculty/staff or other CIS Abroad participants they will be immediately removed from the program.

Disciplinary action may include but is not limited to any of the following:

  • Notification: CIS Abroad may notify the student’s home university of any violation of CIS Abroad policies.
  • Restitution: Student may be required to pay for damages or theft.
  • Loss of privileges: Student may be denied permission to participate in CIS Abroad activities, excursions, etc. permanently or for a designated time period. No refund will be given for missed activities.
  • Housing termination: CIS Abroad 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 CIS Abroad 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 CIS Abroad. 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.

Code of Conduct Violation

The CIS Abroad Site Director/On-Site Program Coordinator will determine the seriousness of the offense and issue the appropriate warning to the participant, and inform CIS Abroad of action taken. CIS Abroad will in turn pass the related information onto the Home University.