Student Exchange Vietnam (SE Vietnam) was established with the mission of supporting international students to gain global awareness and local insights via different types of education programs in Vietnam including: Internship, Semester Abroad, Faculty-led Programs (Short Courses) in Vietnam. As a central aim, we have been joining hands with local universities in Faculty-led Program to mark Vietnam on International Education Map by showing doors for international students to enjoy studying in Vietnam at the same time create more accessibility for local students to experience international education at home. The fundamental principles that must necessarily undergird this aim include individual integrity and self-respect; be open to cultural differences; respect for the freedom and privileges of others; and respect for host universities’ resources. While studying abroad in Vietnam, students are representing not only themselves, but also their home universities and countries, thus, they are expected to act in a professional and ethical manner. Their conducts should make the host universities want to host international students from Student Exchange Vietnam again in the future.
The following is expected of all international students, faculty teacher(s) and staff (if any) when participating in Student Exchange Vietnam’s Faculty-led Program.
I. GENERAL EXPECTATIONS & CODE OF CONDUCT AT HOST UNIVERSITIES
As a SE Vietnam Faculty-led Program participant, your conduct inside and outside the classroom reflects upon both SE Vietnam and your home university. Accordingly, we expect you to adhere to this Program Code of Conduct, as well as by the regulations of the specific host universities/institutions. We also expect you to abide by the laws and respect the customs of Vietnam. Please be aware that if we are noticed that you are in violation of this Conduct Code, your participation in the program may be terminated and further disciplinary action may be taken which could lead to suspension or expulsion from your home university.
The professional and ethical manner in which you should conduct yourself at the host universities includes, but is not limited to:
A. For students:
– Read carefully this code of conduct before departure from your home country
– Respect all members of the host universities and local community.
– Understand and comply with all of the host universities’ rules and climate expectations, including this Code of Conduct.
– Familiarize yourself with, and adhere to relevant institutional arrangements, procedures, and functions
– Dress appropriately for the class setting. You must make sure to follow the host universities’ dress code so that your appearance does not cause a disturbance, distract or interfere with the instructional program, or constitute a health or safety hazard. Note that non-top, super shorts; see through clothes, revealing clothes are considered improper attire.
– Understand what constitutes a permissible class absence and who to notify if absent. You are expected to attend no less than 80% of the course. Qualified excuse absences include circumstances such as illness or injury, death/funeral-related absence, education–related trips or activities, suspension, and religious holidays. You must also inform SE Vietnam program coordinator in advance so we can arrange your absence and notice the teacher and relevant personnel at the host university. Certification of illness/injury/delivery is required if the absence extends for three (3) or more consecutive days. An “unexcused” or “illegal absence” occurs when a student is absent without a valid excuse and the program coordinators acknowledged.
– Be prompt with being on time to class and with assignments, give it your best effort
– Comply with the host universities’ unlawful harassment, and bullying policies.
– Avoid causing any damage to the host universities’ facilities and properties
– Remain drug and alcohol-free and avoid the use of controlled substances
– Do not conduct personal business during class hours (cell phones, internet, …)
– Maintain a positive learning climate by being responsible, respectful, and cooperative.
– Keep an open mind; avoid jumping to conclusions; try to make informed judgments
– Be observant-see how people organize their ideas and respond to situations
– Communicate, keep people informed in a useful and succinct way, listen, and ask questions
– Be fair, considerate, honest, trustworthy, and cooperative when dealing with the host universities’ staff as well as with local people
– If you feel victimized by a class-related incident, contact SE Vietnam Faculty-led Program Coordinator immediately.
– Be responsible and accountable for following rules.
B. For faculty teacher(s) and staff:
– Communicate this Code of Conduct to all students in the group before departure
– Respect all members of the host universities and local community.
– Teach proper behaviors and positively reinforce rules of conduct to all students in the group
– Maintain an exciting and supportive learning environment that is needed for academic success.
– Hold students accountable for any misconducts during the program
– Address rule violations with multiple strategies.
– Use good judgment to prevent minor incidents from becoming major problems.
– Cooperate with SE Vietnam Program Coordinator to keep track of the students and to seek for effective solutions in case of problems and emergencies.
C. Student conduct offenses
– Behavior that disrupts or materially interferes with the basic rights of others and the educational functions of the host universities
– Actions that:
a. Result in or can be reasonably expected to result in physical harm to a person or persons.
b. Are unreasonably disruptive of the universities’ community and/or their neighborhoods.
c. Result in or can be reasonably expected to result in damage to property.
– Sexual misconduct:
a. Sexual misconduct that involves nonconsensual physical contact of a sexual nature.
b. Sexual misconduct that includes one or more of the following: penetration, violent physical force, or injury.
– Subjecting another person or group to abusive, threatening, intimidating, or harassing actions, including but not limited to those based on race, religion, gender, disability, age, economic status, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
– Drugs and/or alcohol:
a. Illegal possession or use of drugs and/or alcohol and/or drug paraphernalia.
b. The illegal provision, sale, or possession with intent to sell/ provide drugs and/ or alcohol and/ or drug paraphernalia.
– Theft or attempted theft of property and/or possession of stolen property.
– Lying or materially misrepresenting information to an official university body or officer.
– Possession, use, or distribution of firearms, ammunition, explosives, or other weapons.
– Violation of the terms of any Student Conduct sanction. Other Regulations
– Hazing Policy
Hazing is defined as any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person. Such conduct shall include, but not be limited to, whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug, or other substance, or any brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of the student or any other person, or which subjects the student or other to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation. Hazing violates the universities’ policies or the Penal Code of Vietnam may lead to the arrest and prosecution of any student(s) involved in the alleged hazing.
– Smoking Policy
Smoking is prohibited in all universities’ residential and dining facilities in Vietnam
II. OTHER CODES OF CONDUCT
In their off-campus lives, students are also expected to conform to the standards of community behavior as expressed in the Code of Student Conduct. Together with the faculty teacher(s) and staff, they must, at all times, comply with all applicable laws and regulations in Vietnam since your arrival till you leave the country. All members of the program must ensure that their actions cannot be interpreted as being, in any way, in contravention of the local laws and regulations.
A. LOCAL LIVING
SE Vietnam expects its participants to conduct themselves in a businesslike manner. Drinking, gambling, fighting, swearing, and similar unprofessional activities are strictly prohibited during program’s activities.
Drugs & Alcohol
SE Vietnam seeks to assure the health and well-being of all students, teachers, and staff. SE Vietnam’s policy, therefore, reflects wide commitment to lawful and prudent use of any drug. Those who use illegal drugs and illicitly use legal drugs are in violation of the law and the course’s regulations and demonstrate disregard for the locally social community.
With respect to alcohol, the University strives to promote individual accountability, moderation, and safety for those who drink.
SE Vietnam prohibits sexual misconduct, defined as nonconsensual physical contact of a sexual nature. It encompasses a broad range of behaviors, including acts using force, threat, intimidation, or advantage gained by the offended student’s mental or physical incapacity or impairment of which the offending student was aware or should have been aware. A charged student’s use of any drug, including alcohol will be considered an exacerbating rather than a mitigating circumstance. Sexual misconduct of any kind represents socially irresponsible behavior, violates the rights of others.
Students must not engage in sexual harassment, or conduct themselves in a way that could be construed as such, for example, by using inappropriate language, keeping or posting inappropriate materials in studying and/ or public area.
SE Vietnam seeks to eliminate all forms of sexual misconduct. Additionally, we highly recommend “No sex with local” in order to avoid following unfortunate incidents:
– Sex allegation or prostitute broker: It’s stated in the Penal Code of Vietnam that prostitution is illegal. Therefore, do not attempt to try or use any of sensual entertainments during you course in Vietnam.
– Allegation of child sexual abuse: That copulation occurs with under-16-years old child violates the Penal Code of Vietnam. Based on the age of the accused person, he/ she will be prisoned from 1 to 20 years.
Students must not use SE Vietnam and/ or cooperative universities’ identification, stationery, supplies, and equipment for personal or political matters.
When communicating publicly on matters that involve SE Vietnam program, students must not presume to speak for the company on any topic, unless they are certain that the views they express are those of the company, and it is the company’s desire that such views be publicly disseminated.
When dealing with any program’s outsider, including public officials, students must take care not to compromise the integrity or damage the reputation of either SE Vietnam or cooperative universities, or any outside individual, business, or government body.
Students must make every effort to achieve complete, accurate, and timely communications – responding promptly and courteously to all proper requests for information and to all complaints.
Students and teachers are responsible for their private room, including their appliances and property. When students take their neighbors seriously and regard them with respect, this attitude is usually returned in kind and makes the area a more pleasant place to live for everyone. The code of conduct of Accommodation includes expectations regarding noise, parties, recycling, and trash.
You are required to comply with:
– Do not stay outside later than 11:00 pm if staying with a host family
– Do not take a friend home/to your room without asking for permission from the hotel owner & manager (if staying in a hotel) or the host family if taking homestay
– Do not share the house/room key with anyone except for the hotel owner & staff (if staying in a hotel) and other family members (if taking homestay)
– No parties after 11.pm
– Preserve your own properties, appliance and other properties within your delegated area.
– Do not make noise or set its volume at the rate that affect negatively on the neighbor environment.
– Keep your place tidy, take out the rubbish and put them at designated places.
– Never ride a motorbike by yourself in Vietnam
– Only take a city bus, taxi or sit behind a local on a motorbike when travelling from home to work and vice versa
B. WHILE TRAVELING
– Respect local culture, traditions and religious places. Insensitive behavior such as taking
photographs of people without their consent or failure to observe local customs can cause
– Respect rules and regulations, pay attention to signals and behave responsibly (e.g. do not
light fires where it is forbidden)
– Strictly follow the group in any field trip or outside activity.
– Do not leave the group without notice the coordinators for any possible reason.
Transportation – Bus/ Private bus
It is every passenger’s responsibility to behave in a manner that ensures the safety and comfort of all other passengers and drivers when travelling on a bus/ private bus. When travelling on bus, students must ensure:
BEHAVING RESPONSIBLY AND RESPECTFULL
– Be respectful, polite and considerate to other passengers and the driver.
– Offer to give up seat to pregnant, disabled or elderly passengers.
– Be considerate of your noise level in the bus (E.g. keep cell phone conversations to a minimum, listen to
music or media devices only with headphones or earphones.)
– Do not eat or drink unless required for medical reasons.
– Do not smoke on the bus.
– Do not leave litter on the bus.
– Do not carry dangerous items or substances.
– Do not bring animals onto the bus.
– Do not abuse or damage property or equipment, including creating graffiti or scratching or vandalizing fixtures.
– Do not allow any part of the body to protrude from the bus.
– Do not use offensive language, fight, spit, place their feet on seats or throw things in or from the bus.
– Do not distract the driver’s attention from the road, except in the case of an emergency.
When visiting religious places such as: pagoda, temple, etc, do not wear non-top, see through, super shorts and revealing clothes. Particularly, women should dress conservatively in Vietnam. Women who wear heavy makeup and revealing clothing are viewed as prostitutes. Note that being nude or semi-nude is unacceptable in public in Vietnam.
Photos and reports
– Whenever wishing to take photos of/with local people, including those at the voluntary sites, make sure you will ask for advice from Student Exchange Program Coordinator as well as local people’s permission beforehand.
– Do seek for consultancy from Student Exchange Vietnam Program Coordinator and permission from the local host institutions whenever wishing to conduct any forms of interview and report about local people as well as relevant historical events, facts and figures.
Violation of any of the above-mentioned rules is likely to lead to the immediate suspension of the Faculty-led Program, and the student will be required to be back to his/her home country by Student Exchange Vietnam.
I agree to the above stated Faculty-led Program Code of Conduct and will make every effort to abide by it.