Rules & Regulations / Safety (not updated for 2017)
While enrolled in one of our programs, you agree to abide by the rules and regulations of FORSPRO. You acknowledge and accept FORSPRO has the authority at all times to establish rules of conduct necessary for the operation of the program, which includes your free time. You assure FORSPRO that you shall comply with the rules and regulations by FORSPRO and act in an appropriate manner at all times. These rules are designed to provide you and others the opportunity to have an educational, safe, and enjoyable trip abroad. Participants dismissed from the program for violating our rules and regulations will receive no refunds of any kind.
DRUG / ALCHOLOL ABUSE
- You are not allowed to buy, sell, use or possess illegal drugs. “Illegal” means drugs that are prohibited by law in either the U.S. or the program’s host country. Anyone caught with drugs or taking drugs will be dismissed from the program immediately.
- Participants, who are of legal age in their host country, may consume alcohol within reasonable limits. If you are of legal age and choose to drink alcohol you are responsible for your actions at all times. Consumption of alcohol is not permitted on any FORSPRO sponsored transportation vehicle. Any infraction or violation of this policy is considered serious and may at FORSPRO's discretion result in your dismissal from the program.
- Excessive alcohol consumption or violating drug laws abroad may have very serious consequences for you. While abroad, you as a U.S. citizen are subject to that country's laws and regulations, which may differ significantly from those of the United States and may not afford the protections available to you under U.S. laws. If you are convicted of violating alcohol or drug laws while abroad you can expect a lengthy jail sentence and significant fines. In addition to the criminal penalties you may face, the purchase or sell of illegal drugs greatly increases your risk of personal harm.
- Quite hours at the Galdos are per residence policy. At the Mara, quiet hours start at midnight– It is of the utmost importance to respect this rule in order to allow everyone the opportunity to rest and study in a quiet atmosphere. If noise is coming from a specific room, then the individual in that room is responsible. A student is subject to dismissal from the dorm or terminated from the program for being a repeat offender of this rule.
- Participants are responsible for the condition of their rooms and to any damage they may cause directly or indirectly to the residence.
- Dining room – Tops and shoes are required for the dining room and at all times in the lobby and common areas.
- Drinking alcoholic beverages in the room is not allowed
- Hotel Behavior - Participants are expected to behave properly and follow norms of behavior. Participants are responsible to the hotel for the condition of the rooms and for all of their personal expenses (phone calls, mini bar). If a student vandalizes, causes property damage, or exhibits inappropriate behavior in the hotel, he/she may be subject to dismissal from the hotel and/or terminated from the program.
PUNCTUALITY. FORSPRO will adhere to all scheduled departure times. Consequences for students who do not show up on time are as follows:
- If it occurs at the dorm or hotel at the time of departure, the bus will depart on time. Anyone not on board will be left behind.
- If it occurs after departure during the tour:
- If the student is late he/she is subject to be left behind. If a student is late a second time, then he/she will forfeit the remaining tours or visits. Our web site provides links to the the address and telephone number of the main tourist office of the cities visited. The tourist office can help in providing transportation information in the event you miss your bus.
- If the student, without previously notifying Forspro, does not show up after waiting a reasonable time and circumstances dictate that the student's sponsor or the Forspro representative, in the absence of the student's sponsor, stays behind to wait for the student, the student will forfeit whatever tours remain.
- If, for any reason, a participant misses the return transportation for an excursion, the participant is responsible for all expenses relating to their return transportation, including if applicable, the sponsor or Forspro staff expenses. The participant assumes all responsibility and risks associated with their return trip and fully and completely releases FORSPRO from any and all liability for events that may happen during their return trip.
BEHAVIOR. Respect for all FORSPRO staff, sponsors, and fellow participants – Anyone who physically or verbally threatens, or uses abusive language towards any sponsor, staff member, or student is subject to immediate dismissal from the program.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Program participants who become aware of sexual harassment or who believe they have been subjected to such treatment should report such actions to the on-site Resident Director, or to the Program Director. Participant violators of this policy are subject to dismissal from the FORSPRO facilities or program.
VISITORS AND GUESTS: Due to security reasons, insurance requirements, and your safety and the safety of others around you, FORSPRO has the following policies regarding visitors and guests.
- Non-participant family members (limited to parents / spouses / siblings/) may visit you for brief periods but will not be allowed to stay in Forspro arranged student housing. You are reminded that FORSPRO cannot provide any administrative support (transportation, housing, childcare, etc) or assume any responsibility for non-participant family members. Such accompanying non-participant family members are not part of the program and therefore cannot attend classes, field trips, or any other activities formally associated with the program. If such individuals become disruptive to the program, it may be grounds for your dismissal.
- Other non-participant visitors and guests may visit you during your stay abroad but are not allowed to participate in any activity formally associated with the program. Under no circumstance is a non-participant allowed to take a non-family member (as described above) inside the sleeping quarters of the residence. Such visitors cannot stay in program arranged housing. Violators are subject to disciplinary action or dismissal.
- If you intend to have a spouse visit you while you are in the program, contact Forspro prior to departure to make the arrangements. Your spouse must adhere to Forspro's rules and regulations. If your spouse is making his/her own arrangements, he/she is considered a non-participant family member.
PROCEDURES IN THE EVENT OF A VIOLATION OF THE RULES. In the event of a violation there will be an investigation of the circumstances and the participant(s) involved shall provide information to facilitate the investigation. The Program Director and others, including the representative of the host institution, will review the violation(s) and make recommendations.
DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS: Disciplinary actions can take a variety of forms, and can be issued in combination, depending on the violation in question. FORSPRO at its sole discretion will determine what action, if any, to take for violation of the Rules & Regulations. You will not receive a refund or credit for missed activities or events as a result of any disciplinary actions. Such actions include but are not limited to the following:
- Restitution: Payment of the cost to repair or replace any damage of personal property because of damage or theft.
- Loss of Privileges: Your privileges to use facilities or to participate in activities or events may be restricted for a designated period of time or completely withdrawn.
- Housing Termination: You may be required to leave the FORSPRO-arranged housing and obtain housing accommodations on your own and at your own expense.
Millions of U.S. citizens travel abroad each year. When you travel abroad, the odds are in your favor that you will have a safe and incident-free trip. However, crime and violence, as well as unexpected difficulties, do happen in all parts of the world. Below are safety tips to make your experience abroad as enjoyable and safely as possible.
Safety On The Street
Safety On The Street
- Use the same common sense traveling overseas that you would at home.
- Don't use short cuts, narrow alleys or poorly-lit streets. Don't travel alone, especially at night.
- Avoid public demonstrations and other civil disturbances.
- Do not discuss travel plans or other personal matters with strangers.
- Beware of strangers who approach you, offering bargains or to be your guide.
- Beware of pickpockets. They often have an accomplice who will hostle you, ask you for directions or the time, point to something spilled on your clothing, or distract you by creating a disturbance.
- Try to seem purposeful when you move about. Even if you are lost, act as if you know where you are going. When possible, ask directions only from individuals in authority.
- If you are confronted, don't fight back. Give up your valuables. Your money and passport can be replaced, but you cannot.
- To avoid carrying large amounts of cash, change money only as you need currency. One of the wonders of the modern world is the automatic teller machine (ATM), which allows students to withdraw money from his or her US-based checking account while abroad. The usual warnings about ATM use--keep the ATM card safe and inaccessible, keep your personal identification number in your head rather than on paper, avoid making withdrawals from isolated or unprotected locations--apply to ATM's abroad with equal force.
- Do not flash large amounts of money when paying a bill. Make sure your credit card is returned to you after each transaction.
- If your possessions are lost or stolen, report the loss immediately to the local police. Keep a copy of the police report for insurance claims and as an explanation of your plight. After reporting missing items to the police, report the loss or theft of:
- credit cards to the issuing company,
- passport to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
- You can be arrested overseas for actions that may be either legal or considered minor infractions in the United States. Be aware of what is considered criminal in the country where you are. Consular Information Sheets include information on unusual patterns of arrests in various countries when appropriate.
- The U.S. Embassy is the place where you go in the event you need a new passport should yours be lost or stolen. In Spain, the office is located at Serrano 75, Madrid, telephone 91-587-2200.
- For routine and non-urgent emergency services you can call the local tourist office listed on our web site and get phone numbers to police departments, transportation companies, hospitals, and so on. To contact the emergency services in any EU country, dial 112
- Stay sober. Although you will likely find the drinking laws in Spain and France to be less restrictive than those back home, you are urged to be moderate in your consumption of alcohol. To incapacitate yourself with strong drink is to make yourself vulnerable to mischance. Inebriation weakens your judgment, your self-protective inhibitions, and your observational abilities.
- If you are fearful or confused about anything, share your concerns with the director of your program or a FORSPRO program employee.