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Study Away Administrative Process

What WKU polices guide Study Away programs?

WKU Policies  

For the safety and peace of mind of everyone involved, WKU has in place several policies that guide the administration of Study Away programs.  We often follow the policies in place for Faculty-Led Study Abroad programs.

See Document Center - WKU Policies and WKU Forms

Academic Affairs polices are found here.

Where do I find the Study Away Administrative Guidelines?

Study Away Administrative Guidelines

This document guides the entire process.  We constantly update the manual as we encounter new situations.

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How does FERPA impact Study Away Courses?

FERPA and Communication with Parents/Guardians

The program leader 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 leaders 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:

The full text of the legislation is available here.

How do I prepare for an on-site emergency?

Emergency Action Plan

Study Away staff take your safety and that of your students very seriously.  An Emergency Action Plan is how we prepare.

Prepare and Plan







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