STUDY ABROAD CODE OF CONDUCT
1803 “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
A virtue is a habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions. The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.
We expect Christian behavior at all times. We are all God’s children. Respect and dignity will be offered to all.
1. BE HONEST.
a. Don’t lie, even on the small stuff.
b. Don’t cheat. It’s better to be an honest failure than a successful liar.
c. Don’t hide the person God made you to be. If you don’t know who that is…ask Him.
2. BE EXCELLENT.
a. Try your best, even if your best isn’t as good as someone else’s and even if your best isn’t perfect.
b. Making mistakes is encouraged. It means you are trying.
c. Find your passion and pursue it. Come alive.
3. TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER.
a. If you see someone by themselves or isolated, invite them to join you.
b. Never say anything behind a screen you wouldn’t say face-to-face. Ask…
i. Is it true?
ii. Is it kind?
iii. Is it helpful?
c. If you know or have reason to believe a fellow student is having a tough time or is in a bad place, tell a trusted adult immediately.
Academic Dishonesty Policy from Franciscan University
If a student is caught cheating, it is documented in the student’s permanent record. The professor has the option of failing the student on the particular assignment or for the entire course.
Classroom and Chapel Behavior
1. Class attendance is required. Skipping class will result in consequences decided on by the Discipline Board.
2. Cell phones, smart watches, iPods, and any other technologies capable of sending and receiving messages or playing videos and/or music (other than laptops) are prohibited during class.
3. Students should exhibit appropriate reverence for the chapel and all prayer spaces.
4. There will be no laptop use, food/drink, or rowdy behavior in the chapel.
Room & Board
• Students will not be permitted into the rooms of the opposite sex. There are designated common areas throughout the dorms that they may be in during open hours.
• Nightly off-campus curfew is 8:00 pm.
• Students must be in and are not permitted to leave their rooms after midnight. Nightly room checks will be enforced.
• Students must comply with the direction of Chaperones, Franciscan employees, or mentors acting in performance of their duties.
Dress Code Policy
While there will not be uniforms, there is a dress code for the entirety of this program.
1. Reflect Christian modesty at all times.
a. Pack clothes that will be comfortable, safe, and modest.
b. Nothing too revealing or too tight.
c. 2 piece swimsuits (with the exception of tankinis), bare midriffs, cut off shirts, or visible bras will not be permitted.
d. Shorts must have a minimum 3” inseam.
e. Manufactured sleeveless shirts are allowed.
f. Clothing that promotes non-Christian values will not be permitted.
g. Chaperones will have final say on if an outfit is inappropriate.
2. Appropriate attire for Sunday mass. No gym shorts, t-shirts, or tank tops allowed.
3. Weekend excursion dress code will be dependent on the excursion.
All dress code policy rules apply during all excursions. Chaperones will have final say on if an outfit is inappropriate.
a. Vienna/Salzburg: Please wear nicer clothes (no gym shorts, t-shirts, tank tops). Jeans/nice shorts allowed.
b. Pollone Hike: Gym shorts, tennis shoes, and t-shirts are encouraged. No open-toe shoes or jeans allowed.
c. Turin: Please wear nicer clothes (no gym shorts, t-shirts, tank tops). Jeans/nice shorts allowed.
“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you should also love one another.” John 13:34
We are committed to providing a Catholic, Christ-centered environment for all students, employees, volunteers, and patrons in which Christian behaviors are ever present. This Catholic environment will be free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. If any such behaviors do occur, all community members will be able to tell and know that the incident is unacceptable and will be dealt with effectively in a Christ-like way.
Definition: “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any intentional written, electronic, verbal, or physical act that harms a student or damages a school’s property; has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
Drug & Alcohol Policy
Our position on the use of illegal drugs and alcohol is based on the moral teaching of the Church and on natural law. Our greatest happiness comes in participating with God since He tells us, “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Recognizing that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, we understand using any illegal substances that act to disorder the body are not in cooperation with who God has created us to be.
• The possession, use, consumption or sale of drugs, prescription drugs that are not prescribed to said student, and/or alcohol is prohibited. This violation may result in immediate flight home paid for by the student and his/her family. We reserve the right to involve the police department when deemed necessary.
• In the case where we are made aware of drug/alcohol use outside of the school that did not result in a citation, arrest or charge but the source of information is credible, the school reserves the right to investigate what took place. If the resulting investigation concludes that a student has been involved in drug/alcohol use, there will be consequences decided on by the Discipline Board.
• Any substances, residue or paraphernalia on their person, or in their belongings while in this program will have consequences decided on by the Discipline Board.
Students are not permitted to smoke, chew, or possess tobacco, e-cigarettes, vapes or tobacco substitutes in school during the entirety of the Study Abroad program. Violation will have consequences decided on by the Discipline Board.
Prescription Medications at School
Students will keep their own prescription medications. They may not share their medication with other students. Doing so will have consequences decided on by the Discipline Board.
Any student bringing a weapon anywhere, including but not limited to the Kartause and weekend excursions, may result in an immediate flight home paid for by the student and his/her family. We reserve the right to involve the police department when deemed necessary.
Getting a Tattoo during any school-sponsored event or trip is prohibited. Doing so will have consequences decided on by the Discipline Board.
A student who is arrested will be ineligible to participate in excursions or free time until the charge has been resolved. Chaperones reserve the right to apply additional consequences after the case is resolved.
We have procedures in place to ensure personal safety, crisis intervention, and other safety situations.
Child Protection – Virtus Training for Adults and Volunteers
• All employees and volunteers must have up to date Virtus/Safe Environment training.
• No fewer than a 2:1 ratio for students and staff members/mentors at any time.
• All tobacco, alcohol, weapon, tattoo and dress code rules apply.
• To go on a hike, at least one other student and a mentor (minimum 2:1 ratio) must be in accompaniment.
• Life jackets must be worn while kayaking.
• All students must check in with a chaperone or FUS mentor before free time to inform them of their plans.
• No one can venture out alone. If you leave the Kartause property, you must travel in groups of at least 3, preferably with a mentor.
• 3 meals a day will be provided (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
• While it is not mandatory for students to be present for all 3 provided meals, an outside meal must be paid for by the student.
All students are held to the same standards 24/7. This includes Free Time and Weekend Excursions. The Chaperones reserve the right to address student behavior at its discretion.
Any policies not upheld could result in being immediately expelled from the program and sent home on your own expense with no refund.