Illegal Drugs

GVSU has a zero-tolerance policy regarding the possession, use, sale, exchange or distribution of any illegal drug or substance for students accepted to study abroad. The determination of whether or not a drug is illegal is governed by U.S. federal drug laws, the laws of the State of Michigan, and host country laws.
 
Violation of this policy may result in immediate dismissal from the program; academic withdrawal from the university for the semester in progress; and disciplinary action upon return to campus.  
 
When you are in another country, you are subject to the laws of that country.  You are no longer covered by U.S. laws and constitutional rights. It is the responsibility of the student to know the laws in the U.S. and in the host country.
 
Please carefully read the information made available the by the US Department of State: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html
 
Penalties in many parts of the world are far more severe than they are in the United States. In some countries, penalties can range from life imprisonment under very harsh conditions, solitary confinement, or even the death penalty.  In some places, small amounts of illegal drugs carry the same sentence as larger-scale offenses.  
 
Not knowing the laws is not an excuse that will keep you out of trouble. You are responsible for knowing the laws of the host country.