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Faculty-Led Study Abroad

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FLSA Administrative Guidelines

Financial oversight, academic integrity, safety, and behavioral expectations are primary concerns.  WKU has in place several policies that guide the creation and management of Faculty-Led Study Abroad courses. 




For a deeper dive, here are the SOPs


Studio Abroad Reviewers Guide for Program Leaders


FERPA and Communication with Parents / Guardians

The PLs should make themselves aware of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). While certain academic and personal protections exist within the FERPA guidelines, the PLs may exercise discretion on reporting matters to a participant's emergency contact. The basic definition is that if a student creates a situation that puts an individual student or the people around the student at risk, then FERPA does not apply. If the matter is an academic issue, where there is no physical risk, then FERPA does apply. 

Further information may be obtained at the following site:  http://www.wku.edu/registrar/ferpa.php

The full text of the legislation is available here.


International Medical Insurance

WKU has contracted with CISI to offer students and faculty who go abroad supplemental medical insurance. This insurance covers you only for the time you are outside of the US and is not meant to replace your normal insurance.

This insurance is included in all programs for both students and employees, and provides access to CISI Emergency Services. This service include elements not part of standard US medical insurance such as emergency evacuation and transportation, translation for local medical needs, local prescription fulfillment, etc.

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 Last Modified 12/5/18