STUDENT & FACULTY CONDUCT
Just as students are protected by, and held to, the standards stated in the UNL Student Code of Conduct while on the UNL campus, they are also held to the same standards while abroad. All students are expected to participate willingly in all program activities. Due to the unique nature of international travel, Faculty Leaders are expected to familiarize themselves with the UNL Student Code of Conduct. For students, violations are just cause for immediate termination of their right to participate in a program, possibly resulting in a failing grade.
We recognize that the students participating in UNL programs are legally adults and responsible for their own behavior. However, they are also considered to represent, fairly or not, their home institution and country. It is your responsibility to advise students when they are offending the norms of the host country. Part of the pre-departure AND on-site orientation for your program should include discussion of those norms and typical ways in which foreigners may unknowingly violate them. Students need to be aware that they are subject both to the host country laws, to the UNL Student Code of Conduct and to the Education Abroad Agreement.
In the case of a serious violation which jeopardizes the safety or well-being of the offender, other students, or members of the host culture (i.e., instructors, home stay families), students should understand that such behavior may result in dismissal from the program, failure of courses, loss of program cost, and/or an early return home at the student's expense. You have the authority to remove a student from the program for inappropriate or dangerous behavior.
It is highly recommended that you consult with UNL Education Abroad in any case of student conduct, but especially prior to dismissing a student from the program, to ensure that proper procedures are followed. Each situation and program is different, but UNL Education Abroad can often provide you guidance based on our past experience and University policies. Additionally, we can assist with solutions to certain situations, such as a behavioral agreement. We also consult regularly with other offices on campus, such as Student Judicial Affairs, Risk Management, Dean of Students Office, Counseling and Psychological Services (C.A.P.S.), etc. in such cases to ensure that the proper steps are taken for the safety and wellbeing of the student, the program staff, UNL Education Abroad, and the University.
Illegal Drugs Policy
UNL has a zero-tolerance policy regarding the possession, use, sale, exchange or distribution of illegal drugs by anyone participating in UNL Education Abroad programs.
Alcohol use during Education Abroad programs is a leading cause of health and safety incidents that adversely affect students, Faculty Leaders, and UNL as a whole. Extra effort is required to ensure all program participants (students, Faculty Leader, and accompanying individuals) are informed of the risks of alcohol use.
While consumption of alcohol is not prohibited on Education Abroad programs for students who are of legal age, you should encourage students who are legally allowed to consume alcohol outside the U.S. to drink responsibly and be aware of the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption; ensure that the program itinerary in no way inhibits the full participation of those who do not drink alcohol; inform participants of local laws and ordinances (including drinking age), regarding alcohol; ensure these policies are clearly presented to program participants in writing prior to departure.
Faculty Leaders are free to implement stricter policies at their discretion, but all program participants should be fully informed of the policies.
Faculty Leader Conduct
Just as students must abide by UNL conduct rules and UNL Education Abroad policies and guidelines while on the program, you and any program staff must adhere to UNL policies as well. Grievances can be filed by students against Faculty Leaders or other program staff for inappropriate conduct.
Traveling with students and interacting with them in an informal environment presents unique challenges and stressful situations not always found in the classroom setting. UNL’s Professional Ethics Statement and the Ethical Principles for College and University Teaching applies to Faculty Leaders while abroad.
Unacceptable conduct can lead to legal problems for all UNL faculty and staff. Some, but not all, of the possible examples of unacceptable conduct are:
- Reporting to work under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, or using alcohol or illegal drugs on the job
- Stealing State property or funds, or knowingly misusing State property
- The willful violation of known or written work rules
- Jeopardizing the safety of persons or property
- Inappropriate relations with students
Many Education Abroad programs travel to locations where alcohol is consumed in a more social manner than in the U.S. Regardless, as a UNL employee, you will be held accountable for your actions and the consequences thereof. The consumption of alcohol and/or the results of such consumption are never considered to compromise personal responsibility or accountability. It is important for program staff to keep their own alcohol consumption to a minimum even during what is considered free time, so that their judgment is never compromised or impaired.
As the Faculty Leader, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with UNL's policies related to discrimination and sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault. In your role, you are a Title IX Responsible Employee:
Any faculty member leading, coordinating or supervising an education abroad program or any other university-sponsored international travel. If no faculty member is traveling with the group, another UNL employee traveling with the group, in consultation with the director of Education Abroad, must be designated as the Responsible Employee.
As a Responsible Employee, once you know or reasonably should know of possible sexual misconduct, UNL is obligated to investigate and take appropriate action. Immediate reporting is crucial. With guidance from UNL's Title IX Coordinator, you will likely need to implement any initial, on-the-ground steps to ensure the safety of all those affected by the incident.
In addition, leaders should be very careful to avoid any behavior which could be interpreted as inappropriate between leader and student.