Your Rights Abroad
1.Non-Liability of the University (Waiver & Release)
Rider University has established a policy regarding liability during your study abroad experience. See the Non-liability of Rider University (Waiver and Release) form for detailed information. All students must sign this form in order to participate in study abroad. Make certain that you and your parents or guardians have read and understood this document fully.
2. Rider University Code of Conduct
While you are studying abroad you are subject to the rules of conduct and penalties for violations of these rules that you are subject to on campus. The OIE requires that you sign a "Code of Conduct" form that outlines your responsibilities and the consequences for violation of the code of conduct. Violations will result in expulsion from the program abroad as well as possible sanctions when you return to campus. Read carefully below regarding specific issues that will affect you while you are overseas.
3. Illegal Drugs
Students are prohibited from selling, using, or possessing any drugs that are considered by their host country law to be illicit or illegal. Students are cautioned that the possession of drugs is often dealt with harshly by host country law enforcement. The US Consulate cannot demand your release; get you out of jail, or out of the country. In short, do not buy, sell, carry or use illegal drugs while abroad.
4. Sexual Harassment
Attitudes toward sexual behavior vary widely and may be very different from what is considered acceptable in the United States. For example, comments considered offensive in the United States may not be considered offensive in another country. American standards of dress might send a message of sexual availability in other cultures. Sexual harassment is defined as unwanted sexual behavior such as physical contact, verbal comments, or suggestions that adversely affect a person. Contact your local advisor and program personnel as well as the OIE if you feel you are being harassed.
5. Your Legal Rights Abroad
Be aware that once you leave U.S. jurisdiction you are subject to the laws of the country in which you are traveling. You are not covered by U. S. laws and you do not have U. S. constitutional rights abroad. Sentences for possessing or trafficking of drugs can range from a small fine to 1-25 years in jail and heavy fines. In some countries the penalty for conviction is a life sentence or the death penalty.
The U. S. Department of State and the Bureau of Consular Affairs provide extensive information for travelers:
U. S. Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Tel: 202-647-5225 (Overseas Citizen Hotline from 8:15 am – 10pm EST)
Tel: 202-647-4000 (Emergencies after hours)