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Statement of Responsibility

JCMU Statement of Responsibility

I have been accepted to participate in a Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU) study abroad program and have indicated my commitment to participate. I fully accept my admission to the program and promise to abide by the following statement of responsibilities:

1. Alcohol and Drugs

As a participant in a JCMU study abroad program, I must abide by host country laws and local institutional regulations with respect to alcohol and other drugs. Further, I understand that the Japan Center for Michigan Universities has a zero tolerance policy with respect to the possession, use, manufacture, production, sale, exchange, or distribution of illegal drugs. I am responsible for knowing and obeying the laws of the host country, as well as all local institutional regulations, regarding alcohol and other drugs. I understand that violations of law or policy may result in, (1) immediate dismissal from the program, (2) academic withdrawal from JCMU for the semester or program in progress, and (3) disciplinary action upon my return to campus.

2. University Policies

I must abide by JCMU policies, or, in the absence of JCMU-specific policies, I must abide by Michigan State University's (MSU) General Student Regulations while enrolled in the program and I may be subject to disciplinary action for violations of those policies upon my return to campus. To review MSU’s General Student Regulations please refer to Spartan Life Online by visiting http://splife.studentlife.msu.edu.

3. Host Country Customs

I will abide by the laws and customs of my host country, community, institution, and program. I know that I need to be sensitive to the social norms of the host culture. I am also subject to the disciplinary codes and processes of the host institution.

4. Dismissal

If I seriously disrupt the group learning process, or if my behavior gives the program director reasonable cause to believe that my continued presence in the program poses a danger to the health or safety of persons or property, or impedes, disrupts, or obstructs the program in any way, I will face immediate dismissal. Alcohol, drug, and weapons related violations, assault, and sexual or racial harassment are so seriously problematic that dismissal is highly likely. For lesser infractions, the disciplinary procedure described in the Know Your Responsibility - Consequences for Student Conduct Issues section of the JCMU Student Handbook will apply. Before I may be removed from the program, I will have an opportunity to explain my conduct to the program director. A decision to dismiss me from the program would be final and no refund would be made.

5. Travel/Airline Tickets

JCMU may make changes to the program itinerary, including cancellation, at any time and for any reason. I will be responsible for any loss due to such cancellation or change. JCMU is not responsible for penalties assessed by air carriers or any other associated costs based on operational and/or itinerary changes. If I travel independently and arrive after the start of the program, I am responsible for all academic consequences such as lost class time and assignments. JCMU may substitute hotel accommodations or housing at any time. Specific room and housing assignments are within JCMU's sole discretion.

I must confirm departure and arrival times and locations with the JCMU Office. If I incur a delayed arrival, I will notify JCMU personnel. My property is transported at my risk. JCMU is not responsible for travel delays and hassles.

I will notify the JCMU Student Services Coordinator or Resident Director of my itinerary whenever I leave the site for longer than one day. JCMU is not responsible for any injury or loss I may suffer when I am traveling independently or am otherwise separated from any JCMU-sponsored activities. If I become separated from the program group, for any reason, I will rejoin, at my own expense, the group at the first opportunity.

6. Spouses/Partners and Children

JCMU is not responsible for providing support for accompanying non- participants, i.e., spouses/partners and children. I must obtain overseas health insurance for any accompanying non-participants. Such persons cannot attend classes or other activities formally associated with the program. If such a person disrupts the program, it may be grounds for my dismissal.

7. Health

I will be responsible for my own health maintenance. In the event of serious illness, accident or emergency, I will inform an appropriate program official so that assistance may be secured and so that my designated emergency contact may be notified.

8. Application Fee

I will be responsible for the non-refundable application fee. I understand that my withdrawal after indicating my acceptance of admission may be very costly, and that my failing to turn in all completed acceptance materials and payments in a timely manner may result in my removal from the program.

9. Withdrawal

If I wish to withdraw from the program after receiving admission and indicating my commitment to participate, I understand that I must contact the JCMU Office and complete any required steps necessary to change my status, including a written form indicating my withdrawal. If I withdraw from the program after accepting admission, I will be financially responsible for any non- recoverable costs incurred and/or committed by JCMU and its affiliates on my behalf at the time of my withdrawal. After the program's first day, I will be financially responsible for the entire program fee.

If I withdraw, I will notify the JCMU Office in writing using whatever form is required. The date the form is received by the JCMU Office is the date by which the financial calculation will be determined. If a balance is due at the time of withdrawal, I will pay to cover expenses incurred to that point. If I should decide to withdraw and fail to submit any written notification of my withdrawal and/or fail to show up at the program site, I understand I will be financially responsible for the entire program fee. If I withdraw from the program prior to the program's first day, I will be required to withdraw from my course(s) and will receive a full refund of program and housing fees, less any non-recoverable costs incurred and/or committed by JCMU and its affiliates on my behalf at the time of my withdrawal.

If I withdraw after the program's first day, I will not receive any refunds. If I am put on probation or recessed from my home institution after acceptance, it is my responsibility to withdraw from my program.

10. Student Enrollment and Credit

If I am a student of a JCMU consortium or JCMU affiliate institution, I understand that I will remain enrolled in and issued credit through my home institution. If I am a student with a non-JCMU consortium, non-JCMU affiliate institution, I understand that I will be enrolled at and issued credit through Michigan State University as a Lifelong Education Student, and any transfer of credits is subject to my home institution’s requirements.

11. Credit

I will comply with the JCMU course credit requirements and with JCMU's academic policies and procedures. I will maintain enrollment for the duration of the program in the specified courses for at least 12 credits for a semester program or the minimum number of credits specified for my short- term program. If I fail to enroll for the minimum number of credits, I may be dismissed from the program and/or I will be billed and responsible for paying an additional program fee. Even if I pay this additional fee after completion of the program, I cannot be retroactively enrolled in my desired courses.

If I miss a substantial portion of the program, for whatever reason, the amount of credit awarded will be determined at the program leader's discretion. If I withdraw, depart or am dismissed from a program before its formal completion, I may be ineligible for academic credit. Should I receive permission to return home early, I may be eligible to receive a grade of "W" on my academic transcript.

12. Waiver

In the event of an emergency or urgent circumstance, if I cannot be reached, I authorize United States governmental personnel to release information concerning my welfare and whereabouts to JCMU. By this authorization, I waive all rights otherwise provided by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, including 5 USC section 522(b)(8).

13. Release of Claims and Indemnity

For myself and all those who may claim through me, I release JCMU and its member institutions, including their agents, employees and representatives, from liability for all injuries, illnesses, and losses, including death, I may sustain to my person and/or property, which are in any way connected to my program participation, except as regards any claim of "gross negligence" that is actionable under Michigan's Governmental Tort Liability Act. I further agree to defend and hold JCMU harmless with respect to any loss, claim or expense it may sustain by reason of my behavior as a program participant.

14. Governing Law

Any dispute arising from this Statement will be determined according to Michigan law.

Signature Statement

In signing this document I acknowledge that I have had an opportunity to ask any questions I have about it, that I have read and understand it, that I accept its terms, and that I have signed it knowingly and voluntarily.


(updated 2019.11.05)