Rules & Regulations
Not updated for 2014
While enrolled in one of our programs, you agree to abide by the rules and regulations of FORSPRO. You acknowledge and accept FORSPRO has the authority at all times to establish rules of conduct necessary for the operation of the program, which includes your free time. You assure FORSPRO that you shall comply with the rules and regulations by FORSPRO and act in an appropriate manner at all times. These rules are designed to provide you and others the opportunity to have an educational, safe, and enjoyable trip abroad. Participants dismissed from the program for violating our rules and regulations will receive no refunds of any kind.
DRUG / ALCOHOL ABUSE -
You are not allowed to buy, sell, use or possess illegal drugs. “Illegal” means drugs that are prohibited by law in either the U.S. or the program’s host country. Anyone caught with drugs or taking drugs will be dismissed from the program immediately.
Participants, who are of legal age in their host country, may consume alcohol within reasonable limits. If you are a minor and your parent/guardian instructs FORSPRO in writing you are not allowed to consume alcohol and you do, it violates this policy. If you are of legal age and choose to drink alcohol you are responsible for your actions at all times. Consumption of alcohol is not permitted on any FORSPRO sponsored transportation vehicle. Open containers of alcohol are not permitted in your private quarters at your student residence. Any infraction or violation of this policy is considered serious and may at FORSPRO's discretion result in your dismissal from the program.
Excessive alcohol consumption or violating drug laws abroad may have very serious consequences for you. While abroad, you as a U.S. citizen are subject to that country's laws and regulations, which may differ significantly from those of the United States and may not afford the protections available to you under U.S. laws. If you are convicted of violating alcohol or drug laws while abroad you can expect a lengthy jail sentence and significant fines. In addition to the criminal penalties you may face, the purchase or sell of illegal drugs greatly increases your risk of personal harm.
Quiet hours in the dorm are at midnight– It is of the utmost importance to respect this rule in order to allow everyone the opportunity to rest and study in a quiet atmosphere. If noise is coming from a specific room, then the individual in that room is responsible. A student is subject to dismissal from the dorm or terminated from the program for being a repeat offender of this rule.
Participants are responsible for the condition of their rooms and to any damage they may cause directly or indirectly to the residence.
Dining room – Tops and shoes are required for the dining room and at all times in the lobby and common areas.
Drinking alcoholic beverages in the room is not allowed
Hotel Behavior - Participants are expected to behave properly and follow norms of behavior. Participants are responsible to the hotel for the condition of the rooms and for all of their personal expenses (phone calls, mini bar). If a student vandalizes, causes property damage, or exhibits inappropriate behavior in the hotel, he/she may be subject to dismissal from the hotel ans/or terminated from the program.
FORSPRO will adhere to all scheduled departure times. Consequences for students who do not show up on time are as follows:
If it occurs at the dorm or hotel at the time of departure, the bus will depart on time. Anyone not on board will be left behind.
If it occurs after departure during the tour:
If the student is 18 years old or older he/she is subject to be left behind. If a student is late a second time without previously informing a FORSPRO representative or his/her sponsor, then he/she will forfeit the remaining tours or visits. Forspro will provide the address and telephone number of the main tourist office of the cities visited. The tourist office can help in providing transportation information in the event you miss your bus.
If a student is under 18, then his/her sponsor is responsible for remaining behind with the student if the student does not show up after waiting a reasonable time.
NOTE: If, for any reason, a participant misses the return transportation for an excursion, the participant is responsible for all expenses relating to their return transportation. The participant assumes all responsibility and risks associated with their return trip and fully and completely releases FORSPRO from any and all liability for events that may happen during their return trip.
Respect for all FORSPRO staff, sponsors, and fellow participants
– Anyone who physically or verbally threatens, or uses abusive
language towards any sponsor, staff member, host family, or student
is subject to immediate dismissal from the program.
Sexual Harassment: Program participants who become aware of sexual harassment or who believe they have been subjected to such treatment should report such actions to the on-site Resident Director, or to the Program Director. If a participant feels they have been sexually harassed by a member of their host family, they will be removed and given alternative housing immediately. Participant violators of this policy are subject to dismissal from the FORSPRO facilities or program.
VISITORS AND GUESTS:
Due to security reasons, insurance requirements, and your safety and the safety of others around you, FORSPRO has the following policies regarding visitors and guests.
Non-participant family members (limited to parents / spouses / siblings/) may visit you for brief periods but will not be allowed to stay in Forspro arranged student housing. You are reminded that FORSPRO cannot provide any administrative support (transportation, housing, childcare, etc) or assume any responsibility for non-participant family members. Such accompanying non-participant family members are not part of the program and therefore cannot attend classes, field trips, or any other activities formally associated with the program. If such individuals become disruptive to the program, it may be grounds for your dismissal.
Other non-participant visitors and guests may visit you during
your stay abroad but are not allowed to participate in any activity
formally associated with the program. Under no circumstance is a
non-participant allowed to take a non-family member (as described
above) inside the sleeping quarters of the residence. Such visitors
cannot stay in program arranged housing. Violators are subject to
disciplinary action or dismissal.
o If you intend to have a spouse visit you while you are in the program, contact Forspro prior to departure to make the arrangements. Your spouse must adhere to Forspro's rules and regulations. If your spouse is making his/her own arrangements, he/she is considered a non-participant family member.
PROCEDURES IN THE EVENT OF A VIOLATION OF THE RULES
In the event of a violation there will be an investigation of the circumstances and the participant(s) involved shall provide information to facilitate the investigation. The Program Director and others, including the representative of the host institution, will review the violation(s) and make recommendations.
Disciplinary actions can take a variety of forms, and can be issued in combination, depending on the violation in question. FORSPRO at its sole discretion will determine what action, if any, to take for violation of the Rules & Regulations. You will not receive a refund or credit for missed activities or events as a result of any disciplinary actions. Such actions include but are not limited to the following:
Restitution: Payment of the cost to repair or replace any damage of personal property because of damage or theft.
Loss of Privileges: Your privileges to use facilities or to participate in activities or events may be restricted for a designated period of time or completely withdrawn.
Housing Termination: You may be required to leave the FORSPRO-arranged housing and obtain housing accommodations on your own and at your own expense.
The Program Director will warn participants who are abusing the rules and are in danger of disciplinary actions; however, when the offense is serious enough to warrant dismissal, no warning shall be necessary. The Program Director may place a program participant on probation. The probation may restrict you to in-house, or you may be required to find alternative housing at your own expense. A program participant who is removed from the FORSPRO program will receive no grades for course work in progress. In addition, the dismissed participant will not be entitled to a refund or credit for any fees paid. If you are dismissed from the program, you are responsible for changing your flight or purchasing a one-way ticket home on the next available flight and all associated ground transportation costs.