Office of the Provost
Faculty and Unclassified Staff Handbook Chapter 2 -- Academic Affairs
Study Abroad, Faculty-Led
This policy applies to any faculty member who
desires to offer a course (credit or non-credit) of any duration to students
that involves international travel. This
policy does not apply to university cross-border international teaching programs
(i.e. teaching facilitated by distance education technology or communication
between on-site instructional assistants and a content expert located in the
Faculty-led study abroad courses are
encouraged as a means to internationalize university curricula and to offer
opportunities for students to experience life and learning in a country outside
of the United States. Fort Hays State
University desires to ensure the safest and highest quality learning
experiences for its students and community members that may participate in such
A faculty member who desires to offer a
course to students at a location outside of the United States that requires
international travel to reach the destination(s) must propose the course for
approval by the university.
Faculty members considering proposing
faculty-led study abroad courses must first satisfactorily complete an online
quality assurance training module administered by the Assistant Provost for
Internationalization. Upon completion of
this training, proposals for faculty-led study abroad experiences must be
reviewed and approved by the department chair, academic dean, Assistant Provost
for Internationalization, Internationalization Team, and general counsel for
the university at least one (1) month prior to being organized and advertised
to prospective students.
Proposals must be reviewed and approved for
academic merit with special attention paid to course syllabi, proposed amount
of academic credit, and proposed learning outcomes. Proposals will be reviewed not only by
university administrators, but faculty members experienced with faculty-led
study abroad experiences serving on the university's Internationalization
In addition to this academic proposal,
instructors will be required to complete the university's existing procedure
for communicating risk management and financial aid information.
Potential penalties for failing to comply
with this policy may include, but not be limited to:
removal of the course from the schedule of classes
member financial responsibility for refunding costs associated with the
proposed program to appropriate parties
for offering future faculty-led study abroad courses for the university
Administrators: Assistant Provost for Internationalization (academic) &
University general counsel (risk management)
Responsible Parties: The Assistant Provost
for Internationalization shall design the quality assurance course for
faculty-led study abroad experiences, shall provide assistance and guidance to
faculty members, and shall design and implement a procedure for approvals. A timeline for review and approval will be
The Assistant Provost for
Internationalization shall monitor compliance for this policy.
Date and Approval
policy is effective immediately.
Approved by Provost's Council: (05-04-10).
Approved by President's Cabinet: (10-06-10).
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