When applying to the Washington University in St. Loius Washington, D.C. Programs and when signing the program agreement, you acknowledge the following:
The possession or use of any quantity of marijuana, cocaine or other illegal substance is strictly prohibited for the duration of the program. This prohibition applies not only while you are in the company of fellow participants, but also while you are alone or with people not associated with the program. The consequences of substance abuse or other illegal activity at any time during the program include immediate expulsion from the program, forfeiture of all program fees and loss of academic credit for the program. Washington University cannot obtain your release from jail; they can only aid in obtaining legal assistance for you.
Washington University in St. Louis acts only to provide the opportunity for study in Washington, D.C. and does not guarantee your satisfaction with the program or your well being. You will not be closely supervised while you are in Washington, D.C. You are responsible for using good judgment to ensure your own health, safety and welfare. There are certain inherent conditions, hazards, and risks associated with travel and living in Washington, D.C. for which the university cannot and will not assume responsibility. These include, but are not limited to, inclement weather, natural disasters, labor disputes, riots, terrorism, delays or disruption of travel or accommodations, accidents and disease. During the period of your participation in the program, and while you are en route to or returning from the program, Washington University in St. Louis will not be responsible for any injury or damage to you or your property or for any personal liability sustained or incurred.
All fall and spring semester programs include WUSTL student health insurance. Students who are enrolled during the spring semester are covered during the summer through July 31. The WUSTL plan is administered by Aetna Student Health The group policy number is 474928.
For 2011-2012, the cost of WUSTL student health insurance is $632 per year, billed at $316 per semester. Coverage is effective August, 1 2011 through July, 31 2012. For summer participants, coverage automatically continues through August 1 provided they were not on a leave of absence the previous spring. If you are not enrolled at WUSTL during the preceding semester, early coverage is not available if your program begins prior to August 1 or mid-January in the spring.
Student Health and Counseling Service
Aetna Student Health
P.O. Box 15708
Boston, MA 02215-0014
Your safety and academic welfare is our priority, whether in St. Louis or elsewhere.
While we cannot guarantee your safety and security while in Washington, D.C., we will continue to act in a responsible manner to promote your well-being. If a situation or cause for concern arises, we will evaluate and respond to the situation on a case-by-case basis. We are able and willing to close or cancel a program, but our experience has been that this is seldom necessary.
While in Washington, D.C. use good judgment in what you do and where you go. Carry your wallet deep in your pocket and keep purses zipped. Keep valuables with you in secure, inaccessible places (not in a shoulder bag or outer pocket of a backpack).
When you stop to consult a map or guidebook, step into a shop or café, don’t stand out on a sidewalk where you can be easily identified as a tourist and targeted while you are distracted.
Keep photocopies of all important documents (passport, airline ticket, credit cards) and a list of important account numbers and contact telephone numbers in a secure location.
Leave a complete set at home (e.g. with your parents) and another complete set at your Washington, D.C. residence (if safe to do so).
Be aware of your surroundings. If you get a “feeling” something is not right, pay attention to your instincts and find a place where you feel more secure. Leave the area as soon as it appears to be safe to do so.
Consider investing in a personal alarm unit. Shouting/screaming and activating the alarm’s piercing noise are likely to scare away potential villains. (Note: mace will not be allowed on airplanes.)
Avoid unnecessarily hazardous situations.
Use good judgment in making travel plans and participating in extracurricular or recreational activities. By far, the most common causes of injury (and death) while studying in a new location are vehicular accidents and risky forms of recreation.
Contact Overseas Programs, your parents, and/or on-site personnel whenever something happens that may cause concern at home, even if you are not directly involved. Site directors or other program representatives are asked to inform us promptly as well. We consult with parents whenever we and/or they are concerned about the welfare of a student away from campus.