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Travel outside the United States, High-Risk Activity, Illicit Drug Use, and Alcohol Consumption
The following policy norms and guidelines apply to all study away programing at Concordia College administered by Global Learning on behalf of the College. Please direct questions about guidelines and norms to the Associate Dean for Global Learning.
Travel outside the United States

Concordia College does not allow students to drive motorized vehicles and does not allow faculty and staff to drive motorized vehicles with student passengers apart from emergency situations. Since rental or public transportation of all kinds can be risky, the College expects students, faculty, and staff to exercise vigilance during contracted and non-contracted travel experiences. If students, faculty, and staff feel unsafe in a given transportation situation, they should not undertake travel and should contact Global Learning for alternative means of transport.

High-Risk Activity

Students, faculty, and staff are prohibited from skydiving/parachuting, hang gliding, bungee jumping, mountain climbing, pot-holing, and zip-lining. These activities are excluded at all times from college insurance coverage. Scuba diving is prohibited and excluded from insurance coverage except as an assigned part of a curriculum of study for credit approved by Global Learning. Students participating in the following sporting events should consult with Global Learning concerning college insurance coverage: football, boxing, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, rodeo, skiing, surfing, swimming, diving, wrestling, basketball, and equestrian.

Illicit Drug Use

The College takes a strong stand against illicit drugs (hallucinogens, narcotics, stimulants or depressants) and prohibits possession, use, and/or sale of illicit drugs by students on campus and by college-related student groups or college-sponsored student groups on or off campus. This prohibition extends to domestic and international study away programming. Students can find themselves in unfamiliar situations that put them—intentionally or unintentionally—at risk of injury or criminal arrest due to violation of local drug laws resulting in possible fine or long imprisonment. Laws relating to drug use and prosecution vary throughout the world and can be highly punitive in some societies. Imprisonment can be a long and difficult experience. Students, faculty, and staff need to avoid any situation that puts them at risk of drug-related arrest or injury. Any student reported by a faculty or staff leader or a contracted program director to possess or use prohibited drugs while studying away will be expelled without exception from the program and returned to the Moorhead campus as soon as possible. Students will pay the cost of this expense and will forfeit any academic credit. In cases where students are detained or arrested on drug charges, all costs related to such situations are borne by the student.

Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol abuse is a major source of health and safety risk for study away and is a persistent concern of faculty and staff leaders of college-approved programs. Students studying away from campus encounter different cultural and legal norms and sometimes exercise poor judgment in alcohol use. College policy prohibits alcohol use by students on campus and by college-related student groups or college-sponsored student groups on or off campus. Concerning study away, this policy prohibits alcohol consumption at all scheduled functions on college-approved, faculty and staff-led programs. Scheduled functions are any common activity or event that students are invited, expected, or required to attend as part of the program. These activities or events include but are not limited to: air and train travel, shared meals, excursions, and classes. Faculty and staff leaders and contracted program leaders will inform students about times, locations, and expectations for all scheduled program functions.

During non-scheduled program time or independent travel, students may consume alcohol according to local law and college expectations. The College expects students to engage in responsible alcohol consumption. Responsible consumption includes but is not limited to:
  • exercising good judgment and moderation to avoid intoxication and resulting risky behavior, illness, or missing scheduled program events;
  • avoiding behavior that offends cultural norms and that cause difficulties for faculty and staff leaders, program directors, or in-country hosts;
  • looking out for the well-being of student companions and avoiding alcohol-influenced actions that transgress personal rights and boundaries and compromise the personal integrity of others;
  • refusing to buy alcohol for minors, as defined by local law;
  • respecting limits or prohibitions to alcohol consumption in program housing or campus locations;
  • being informed and honest about the signs of alcohol abuse;
  • seeking help in crisis situations of alcohol poisoning or chronic situations of heavy use;
  • preventing damage or destruction of property and resulting accountability for reparations, monetary or other.
Faculty and staff leaders and contracted program directors are authorized to confront and report to Global Learning students who violate these guidelines for responsible use. While faculty and staff leaders and program directors are not expected to monitor student behavior during non-scheduled program times, they are expected to act on observations or information indicating irresponsible alcohol use. For example, if a student requires medical attention for intoxication, the leader or director will see that the student receives proper care and will inform Global Learning.