Studying abroad presents significant opportunity for academic and personal growth. At the same time, it introduces new rules, expectations and obligations that may put additional stress on participants. Misbehavior, including violation of the Student Code of Conduct or host country laws, could result in serious and even life-threatening consequences abroad.
In order to promote a positive and safe learning environment for our students and programs abroad, judicial records for all applicants will be examined both at the time of application and again before the beginning of a program. Students who have shown a history of poor decision-making based on their judicial records will be denied admittance to or removed from OHIO- and affiliate-sponsored study abroad programs except in extraordinary circumstances. If removed from the program after acceptance, students will be responsible for nonrefundable and non-recoverable costs as outlined in the Conditions of Participation.
Students who have a judicial record but are not currently on disciplinary probation may apply to study abroad.
Students who are currently on suspension or participating in the alternative suspension program may not study abroad.
Students who have a judicial record and will be on probation for a judicial offense at any point during the program may petition to study abroad. Students cleared to study abroad by the review panel must still meet all eligibility requirements for the program and be nominated to the program; program acceptance is not guaranteed.
The written petition should address the following in an in-depth and thoughtful manner:
Petitions should be submitted per email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Petitions should be submitted as early as possible but must be submitted to the Office of Education Abroad no later than the program application deadline and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
After receipt of the petition, students will meet with the study abroad program director and Office of Education Abroad director or their designees. After this meeting, a review panel made up of representatives from the Office of Education Abroad, Community Standards and Student Responsibility, and the Dean of Students will discuss the merits of the written appeal, written input from the program director or his/her designee, and the official record associated with the judicial infraction(s) and make a decision. A representative of the Office of Legal Affairs will act in an advisory capacity.
Students who are placed on judicial probation or receive further sanctions after having been accepted in their study abroad program will no longer be allowed to study abroad except in extraordinary circumstances. Students who choose to petition should follow the process outlined above. If the petition is denied, students will additionally be held responsible for nonrefundable and non-recoverable costs as outlined in the Conditions of Participation.
Students matriculated in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (HCOM) under any type of sanction with Community Standards and Student Responsibility or the HCOM Committee on Student Progress at the time of application or during the program travel dates will need to follow the petition process outlined above if they wish to be considered for participation. HCOM students who are placed on judicial probation or receive further sanctions after having been accepted in their study abroad program will no longer be allowed to study abroad except in extraordinary circumstances. Students who choose to petition should follow the process outlined above. If the petition is denied, students will additionally be held responsible for nonrefundable and non-recoverable costs as outlined in the Conditions of Participation.
Students who successfully petition to study abroad may be required to participate in additional meetings with Education Abroad, Community Standards & Student Responsibility, and/or program staff prior to departure.
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