While on-site, Program Directors are responsible not only for facilitating their students’ learning to meet their courses’ academic and inter-cultural goals, but also for various logistical, administrative, and student life aspects of their off-campus programs. On successful off-campus programs, Program Directors:
The University of St. Thomas uses U.S. Department of State travel warnings as guidelines in determining whether programs in international locations should be cancelled due to serious risk to Program Directors’ and students’ health, safety, or security. Program cancellations are strongly considered whenever a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning is issued, and in those cases, St. Thomas and especially its Program Directors make every effort to allow returned students to complete the requirements for earning academic credit for their programs back on campus.
Just like other institutions around the country, the University of St. Thomas has seen an increase in off-campus study program participants with mental health issues, sometimes undisclosed. Program Directors may need to accommodate students with mental health needs or respond to their emergencies on-site. Accommodations may include adjustments in schedule, housing, or other program components. Mental health emergencies should be communicated to the Office of Study Abroad who involves Counseling and Psychological Services staff and a team of other administrators in determining with Program Directors the best responses based on the circumstances of the students and the off-campus locations.