Student Roles & Responsibilities
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Basic Attitude and Approach – By enrolling in the Culver-Stockton College Study Abroad Program, student also promise to take a constructive attitude and approach. This attitude is marked by basic interest in and respect for the host culture and its values, a willingness to behave as guests in the home of their hosts, a desire to be well accepted and an understanding of the need to be both skillful and sensitive in communication. The approach will be marked by courtesy, good manners, active exploration, inquiry, and by holding back contempt or criticism.
Unless otherwise stated, the policies and procedures stated in the Culver-Stockton College Blueprint are valid for trips abroad. The program directors have the right to take disciplinary action during the trip and on your return to the college.
Local Rules and Expectations – In each culture there is a network of local rules, procedures, customs and expectations. An important part of the time abroad is to learn these rules as early as possible, usually through alert observation and curiosity. If students disobey the local rules, they must be prepared to pay the normal consequences. The program director will try to help, but students must recognize that their American citizenship confers no immunity or special privilege.
National Laws and Policies – The obligation to comply with local rules and expectations is equally applicable to national laws. These are not unlike the laws governing the United States and the law-abiding student should have no fears. But law enforcement and court procedures may differ sharply, and students should not take for granted that offenses largely ignored in the United States are also ignored abroad. We warn especially those who may be tempted in the following:
- Drug Use Abroad. Drugs are governed by harsh penalties and strict enforcement. American students are particularly vulnerable, since they are already stereotyped as plausible culprits. Thus they are the first accused, the first to be searched and the ones most likely to be implicated. Those who sell drugs to Americans are often informers. Recourse for an American is difficult to impossible. Stay away from drugs. If the program director learns that a student is using drugs his responsibility for the reputation of the program and the safety of the student requires him to send the student home.
- Penalties at Home. C-SC is a drug-free campus. College policy prohibits the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on campus or at college-sponsored functions. Violators can expect disciplinary sanctions to be imposed including the possibility of dismissal. Violators of this policy can also anticipate legal action being imposed. Legal sanctions could include monetary fines and/or imprisonment.
Substance abuse has proven to be injurious to health and very costly to employers as a result of accidents, time lost from the job and related health costs. Substance abuse has proven to be detrimental to the health and well being of students resulting in lower grades, reduced participation in various college activities and increased health problems. The college, through its counseling service and its contact with other health professionals in the area, is prepared to assist students and employees with substance abuse problems. Contact with one of the college counselors could also prove to be helpful.
Students or employees who have questions regarding this policy should contact one of the student deans or their administrative supervisor respectively.
C-SC Seriousness and Effort - Culver-Stockton College assumes that all participants will take their academic programs seriously and try to succeed. Student will be expected to perform and achieve as if they were on the home campus.