International Studies & Programs

Statement of Responsibility

Below is the "Statement of Responsibility" that all students agree to at application.

1. Alcohol and Drugs. As an MSU Education Abroad program participant, I must abide by host country laws and local institutional regulations with respect to alcohol and other drugs. Unless permitted by host country law and local institutional regulations, I will not possess, consume, furnish, or distribute any alcoholic beverages. Further, I understand that Michigan State University has a zero-tolerance policy with respect to the possession, use, manufacture, production, sale, exchange, or distribution of illegal drugs. Whether a drug is illegal is governed by U.S. federal drug laws, the laws of the State of Michigan, and host country laws. I am responsible for knowing and obeying the laws of the host country, as well as all local institutional regulations, regarding alcohol and other drugs. I will adhere at all time to the Office for Education Abroad’s "Alcohol Misuse and and Zero-Tolerance Drug Use” policy. I understand that violations of law or policy may result in (i) dismissal from the program; (ii) academic withdrawal from MSU for the semester in progress (grade determination will be made by the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education); and (iii) disciplinary action upon my return to campus.

2. University Policies. I must abide by MSU policies, including the MSU General Student Regulations, while enrolled in the program and I may be subject to disciplinary action for violations of those policies upon my return to campus.

3. Host Country Customs. I will abide by the laws and customs of my host country, community, institution and program. I know that I need to be sensitive to the social mores of the host culture. I am also subject to the disciplinary codes and processes of the host institution.

4. Dismissal. If my behavior gives the program leader(s) or onsite personnel with oversight responsibility reasonable cause for concern that my continued presence is likely to impede the achievement of program objectives or to disrupt program activity, or that I pose a danger to the health or safety of myself or others, I may face summary dismissal. If I am dismissed from my internship placement or the host institution, I may also face summary dismissal from the study abroad program. Alcohol, drug and weapons related violations, assault, and sexual or racial harassment are so seriously problematic that dismissal is highly likely. For lesser infractions, the disciplinary procedure described in the Student Conduct while Abroad section will apply. Before I may be removed from the program, I will have an opportunity to explain my conduct to the program leader(s), on-site personnel with oversight responsibility, or a member of the Office for Education Abroad staff. A decision to dismiss me from the program is the responsibility of the Executive Director of the Office for Education Abroad and would be final with no refund. Transportation back to the United States would be at my own expense. (Only applicable to MSU-sponsored Education Abroad programs.)

5. Travel Arrangements. MSU may make changes to the program itinerary, including cancellation, at any time upon EA’s determination that such is necessary. I will be responsible for any costs paid to outside agencies (such as airlines or travel agencies) due to such cancellation or change. MSU is not responsible for penalties assessed by air carriers or any other associated costs based on operational and/or itinerary changes. If I travel independently and arrive after the start of the program, I will notify my program leader or Office for Education Abroad personnel and am responsible for all academic consequences such as lost class time and assignments. I must confirm departure and arrival times and locations with my program leader. My property is transported at my risk. MSU is not responsible for travel delays and hassles. I will notify my program leader or on-site personnel of my itinerary whenever I leave the site for longer than one day. MSU is not responsible for any injury or loss I may suffer when I am traveling independently or am otherwise separated from any University-sponsored activities. If I become separated from the program group, for any reason, I will rejoin, at my own expense, the group at the first opportunity. MSU may substitute hotel accommodations or housing at any time. Specific room and housing assignments are within MSU’s sole discretion. (Only applicable to MSU-sponsored Education Abroad programs.)

6. U.S Department of State Travel Warnings. I understand that EA has specific policies associated with the issuance of U.S. State Department Travel Warnings that may impact my program.

7. Spouses/Partners and Children. MSU is not responsible for providing support for accompanying non-participants, i.e., spouses/partners and children. I must obtain overseas health insurance for any accompanying non-participants. Such persons cannot attend classes or other activities formally associated with the program. If such a person disrupts the program, it may be grounds for my dismissal.

8. Health. I will be responsible for my own health maintenance. In the event of serious illness, accident or emergency, I will inform an appropriate program official so that assistance may be secured and so that my designated emergency contact may be notified. If I am applying more than one year before the beginning program date, I agree to update my Student Health/Emergency Treatment Authorization within two months of my scheduled program departure.

9. Fees. I will be responsible for the non-refundable application fee. I understand that my withdrawal after accepting admission may be very costly. (Only applicable to MSU-sponsored study abroad programs.)

10. Withdrawal. If I wish to withdraw from the program after confirming my participation, I understand that it is my responsibility to send a written notice of my intention to the Office for Education Abroad. I understand verbal notification or a message sent to my program director is not acceptable. To be officially withdrawn, I understand I must send an email to abroad(at)msu.edu and include my full name, PID, and the name of the program that I wish to withdraw from. I understand my withdrawal will be based on the date and time my email is received by the Office for Education Abroad.  If my withdrawal is submitted more than 8 weeks before the program’s first day, I understand I will be financially responsible for the $100 application deposit and the $200 acceptance deposit. If I submit my withdrawal less than 8 weeks before the program’s first day, I understand I will be financially responsible for the $100 application deposit and the $200 acceptance deposit or any non-recoverable costs incurred and/or committed by MSU and its affiliates on my behalf at the time of my withdrawal (whichever is more). If I withdraw after the program’s first day, I understand I will be financially responsible for the entire program fee. If I should decide to withdraw and fail to submit my withdrawal in writing and/or fail to show up at the program site, I understand I will be financially responsible for the entire program fee. If I withdraw from the program at any time, I understand I will be required to withdraw from my course(s)+ and will be held to Michigan State University’s refund policies. If I am put on academic probation or recessed from Michigan State University after acceptance, I understand I am responsible for withdrawing from my education abroad program.

11. Credit for Non-MSU Students. If I am a non-MSU student and participate in a faculty-led program, I understand MSU will issue the transcript. If I am a non-MSU student and participate in a co-sponsored program, I understand that MSU will not issue a transcript. I am responsible for ascertaining whether and how my home institution will accept such credit directly from MSU or the institution abroad.

12. Credit. I will comply with the MSU Office for Education Abroad course credit requirements and with MSU's academic policies and procedures. I will maintain enrollment for the duration of the program in the specified courses for at least 12 credits (MSU credits or equivalent MSU credits) for a semester program (unless the particular program requires more) or the minimum number of credits specified for my short-term program. I understand the only exceptions to this policy are enrollments for graduating seniors who are abroad during their final semester and graduate students who are participating in programs requiring more than three credits. These students must take at least one of the regularly offered program courses and no fewer than three credits. Doctoral dissertation credits cannot substitute for program credits. If I fail to enroll (or fail to remain enrolled) for the minimum number of credits, I may be dismissed from the program and/or I will be billed and responsible for paying an additional program fee. Even if I pay this additional fee after completion of the program, I cannot be retroactively enrolled in my desired courses.

If I miss a substantial portion of the program, for whatever reason, the amount of credit awarded will be determined at the program leader’s discretion. If I withdraw, depart or am dismissed from a program before its formal completion, I may be ineligible for academic credit. Should I receive permission to return home early, I may be eligible to receive a grade of “W” on my academic transcript. Any refund of tuition and fees would be according to the policy stated on the MSU Office of the Registrar website. (Only applicable to MSU-sponsored Education Abroad programs.)

I understand that if I participate in certain co-sponsored programs, I must enroll in and will be financially responsible for paying tuition for the minimum number of credits, and I will not receive a refund if I enroll in fewer credits. There are no exceptions to this policy for graduating seniors or graduate students who participate in such co-sponsored programs.

13. Waiver. In case of an emergency in which I cannot be reached, I authorize U.S. Embassies and Consulates to release information concerning my welfare and whereabouts to Michigan State University.

14. Release of Claims and Indemnity. For myself and all those who may claim through me, I release the University (and its employees and representatives) from liability for all injuries, illnesses, and losses, including death, I may sustain to my person and/or property, which are in any way connected to my program participation, except as regards any claim of “gross negligence” that is actionable under Michigan’s Governmental Tort Liability Act. I further agree to defend and hold MSU harmless with respect to any loss, claim or expense it may sustain by reason of my behavior.

15. Governing Law. Any dispute arising from this Statement will be determined according to Michigan law.

In submitting this my program application, I acknowledge that I have had an opportunity to ask any questions I have about this Statement of Responsibility, that I have read and understand it, that I accept its terms, and that I have signed it knowingly and voluntarily.

* Freshman Seminar Abroad participants are not permitted to transfer their application

+ Freshman Seminar Abroad participants will not need to withdraw from their FSA course; EA will do this on their behalf

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