A selection of pictures from London, Study Abroad

May 2015

For more information about the upcoming Study Abroad opportunity with Dr. R.C. Morris click on the image below: 

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The Fine Print (academic justification, cancellations, refunds):

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Proposed Criminal Justice Study Abroad Course

CJ 4500 Special Issues (3 Credits): The Origins of Criminology and Serial Crime

1st 5 Week Block – Summer 2015

Dr. R.C. Morris

Department of Criminal Justice

Academic Strength

How strong is the link to academic programs?

The link to the CJ – Criminology emphasis is very strong. While participating in study abroad in London students will be exposed to the works of Jeremey Bentham, who worked in and called London home. Dr. Bentham is one of the founding authors of contemporary criminological theory. In addition, students will engage, what many consider to be the first confirmed case of serial crime in modern times: the unsolved murders of Jack the Ripper.

Meets a legitimate academic goal or requirement for students, providing academically sound credit.

Prior to travel students will be required to read the text: Jack the Ripper: Scotland Yard Investigates

Following travel, we will spend two weeks in class discussing the tour, going over the portfolios that students are finalizing as well as discussing how criminological theory and their experiences inform their opinions of the unsolved case of Jack the Ripper, the first modern serial criminal.

Is part of a department and school objectives, consistent with regular department curriculum.

This study abroad course will be taught as a three (3) credit upper division CJ course, using CJ 4500: special issues, as the source of curriculum credit.

Builds academic reputations and connections; is sustainable.

Part of the course is focused on the early developments of criminological theory, as such we spend time on the campus of University College London. We will be visiting the Bentham Auto-Icon, as well as interacting with other students participating in the EF Tours programs. There are many opportunities for students to connect with American as well as international students and faculty.

The program is sustainable because CJ 4500: Special Issues is a repeatable course. The London study abroad experience will take place every other year. On the off year students will be given the opportunity to travel for course credit to other locations (e.g., an origins course framed around the development of the constitution visiting Boston, Philadelphia, and New York).

Has full approval of department and school.

As director and professor leading this study abroad program I have reached out to other faculty on campus who have lead students on successful study abroad programs. I have spoken with my department director (Dr. Lish Harris) and the chair of Social and Behavior Sciences (Dr. Larsen-Rife), both are excited about the opportunity for students. We also have full support from the Dean of the college of Humanities, Dr. Hinton, as well as the global affairs/study abroad committees.

Is the program safe?

Avoids putting students, faculty, and college in compromising, illegal, or unsafe positions.

Avoids compromising students or faculty health.

Has detailed contingency plan for emergency situations.

To all of the above the answer is: Yes! While travel itself bears some inherent “risk” every effort has, is, and will be made to minimize any risk that a student faces by participating in this course. For instance, the course will require that students carry travel insurance (in addition to the required DSU travel insurance EF Tours offers additional [optional] coverage if a student desires, at a cost of $155 for the entire tour.

Strategic Value:

Does the program meet department, school, and college strategic priorities?

Yes. See the note below about meeting the aims of a DSU education.

Does not interfere with time to graduation.

This course will not interfere with time to graduation. In fact, the course is being structured to take place during the early summer semester (Maymester) with travel currently scheduled to commence on May 18th. Following travel students will engage in formal in-class work to finalize their travel portfolio.

Is in harmony with the aims of a DSU education.

The University Mission Statement is based on three core themes:

Core Theme 1: A Culture of Learning

Dixie State University promotes a campus-wide culture of learning; delivers excellent teaching; and prepares knowledgeable and competent students who achieve their educational goals.

Core Theme 2: A Culture of Values

Dixie State University invests in a culture of values which include service, citizenship, diversity, ethics, and collaboration.

Core Theme 3: A Culture of Community

Dixie State University builds and maintains strong relationships between students, faculty, staff and community to foster economic growth and a continuum of educational, cultural and recreational enrichment.

This study abroad program provides students with the opportunity to broaden their cultural experience and understanding; this is accomplished by providing students with explicit firsthand experience in the locations where criminology, serial crime, and the American legal system originated. Implicitly, students engage in these learning activities in a foreign culture which is, by itself, an important way to develop a sense of diversity, ethical consideration, and collaboration.

This study abroad also takes the DSU name and reputation further out into the world, helping to promote our growth as well as cultural and recreational enrichment.

Is sustainable.

As mentioned above, the program is sustainable because CJ 4500: Special Issues is a repeatable course. The London study abroad experience will take place every other year.

Will run for more than one year (one year programs may be approved but the college has more interest in programs that will run multiple years).

On the off year when the London study abroad is not taking place students will be given the opportunity to travel for course credit to other locations (e.g., an origins course framed around the development of the constitution visiting Boston, Philadelphia, and New York). At present it is currently planned that the London study aboard will take place every other year.

Cultural and Political Sensitivity:

Is the program culturally and politically sensitive?

Yes. In fact, giving students a sense of cultural and political sensitivity is a main purpose of this course!

Prepares students for and promotes respectful and appreciative interactions with others with an understanding of the social, economic, political, historical, religious, and cultural context of their experience abroad, and will be sustainable related to these concepts.

Yes, again, in fact one of the main purposes of this course is to demonstrate the linkage between modern (American) theory, law, and criminal justice practice to the English systems that the American systems were built on. In class, following travel, this linkage will also be dated back to earlier systems, such as the Code of Hammurabi. The point is to create a sense of respect for other social systems, grounding that sense of respect in a linked common heritage.

Avoids creating expectations that cannot be met.

Every effort is made to make the cost of travel as well as academic work accessible to the broadest range of students possible.

Avoids the appearance of siding with or supporting one political faction or other political view versus another.

There will be no course related travel or academic work that would appear to side with one political faction or view over another.

Program Costs:

Is the program financially viable and sustainable?

I have elected, for this first study abroad trip to London-CJ, to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Glen Blakley using EF Tours. Based on the professional nature of this tour company the trip is financially sustainable for my time and costs. In addition, I have instructed students that we must have at least 10 students sign up and take the course for credit in order for the tuition and cost of the course to be viable. This ratio will be strictly followed.

Wisely uses human, financial, and other resources of DSC, faculty, and students.

Use of all DSU faculty and student time including facilities will be geared toward student learning and meeting the learning goals outlined above in the university mission statement.

Program is financially self-sufficient.

Based on the 10/1 ratio mentioned above the program is self-sufficient.

Does not place undo financial stress on students.

Since CJ 4500 can be taken multiple times and is an elective credit the cost of the program is undertaken voluntarily. Despite this fact, every effort has, is, and will be made to make the study abroad opportunity available to the widest possible range of students.

Various costs of program are carefully detailed, worked out, and approved.

This is done in consultation with EF Tours as well as Study Abroad (i.e., Kathy Kinney, etc.) here on DSU campus. A full itinerary can be viewed here: LINK

Does not presume upon locals in foreign areas.

All tours, visitations, and interactions will be pre-arranged and pre-approved. It is my goal to run a smooth and professional study abroad program. It is not in my plans (or nature) to simply “drop in” on professionals in the overlapping fields of law, criminal justice, or academia which would in any way require them to accommodate our course without prior approval and arrangement.

Does not presume on departmental/college funds.

See the note above regarding 10/1 and tuition. This study abroad program seeks to be self-supporting.

Weighs the strategic importance with costs and benefits.

For many students the bottom line might be the cost. Travel to Europe, and in particular to London, is not a cheap opportunity. However, the value of exposing students to a rich vibrant cultural city in the American motherland, England, outweighs the expense. Experiencing firsthand the site where modern criminological thinking, where the origins of modern serial crime, as well as visits to parliament and the Royal Courts provides an opportunity for learning that cannot be gained in other ways.

Additionally, getting the DSU student body to interact with students from other American universities as they travel with the larger group of students taking EF Tours is an invaluable experience. It also exposes the DSU “brand” to an audience of both American and international persons that would not otherwise have exposure to our university.

Addendum: Q & A Post Committee Review

What are the actual dates of the trip?

Travel will commence on May 18th and complete on May 27th. We will meet in class following the trip. Final trip portfolios will be due no later than 06/19/2015.

The dates say 2014, and it will be 2015 by May.

All travel for this trip will be 2015.

On the price details sheet:

I sense this is the EF pricing sheet.

There is a DSU sheet you must submit that itemizes the costs.

See the table above.

The Back to School discount rate has passed. Has EF extended this date, or is it no longer an option?

EF has extended the discount through October 14th 2014.

The all-inclusive coverage plan is optional.  Use the $2.07/day DSU insurance for pricing.

Done. This has been noted in the price structure.

In the fine print: What are the change and cancellation fees?

Education First (EF) tour company may cancel any tour for events beyond its control, including but not limited to instability in a destination country, acts of God, war (whether declared or undeclared), terrorist activities, incidents of violence, public health issues or quarantine, substantial currency fluctuations, strikes, government restrictions, fire or severe weather conditions that make it impossible or commercially unreasonable in the opinion of EF to conduct the tour. If EF cancels the tour for any such reason, travelers will receive an EF future travel voucher for all monies paid, less the $95 non-refundable deposit and any additional non-refundable fees. Cancellation by EF for causes described in this section shall not be a violation of its obligations to any traveler.

What is the refund policy?

BASIC TOUR DETAILS

These Booking Conditions are valid for all EF tours departing the United States from October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015 and are subject to change. For the most current Booking Conditions, visit efcollegestudytours.com/bc. All tours are operated by EF Cultural Travel Ltd., Switzerland, hereafter referred to as “EF.” PRICING

What’s included in the tour price?

  • Program price
  • Non-refundable $95 deposit
  • Round-trip airfare (unless a traveler specifically purchases a land-only option by calling the 800 number)
  • Accommodations in hotels with private bathrooms (unless otherwise indicated on your itinerary)
  • A Tour Director available 24 hours a day from when you arrive until you depart (except where noted on the itinerary, R.C. Morris is the tour director and will be available the 18th – 27th 2015)
  • Continental breakfast daily and dinner as specified
  • Sightseeing tours and excursions led by licensed local guides as specified
  • Airport transfers and transportation between destination cities
  • Transportation to all included activities
  • Entrance fees and theater tickets as specified
  • EF walking tours and Tour Director-led sightseeing as specified
  • Business and academic visits on tour where specified
  • Cruises, trains or ferries as specified
  • Weekend supplement (except for $35 for any flight departing Friday, Saturday or Sunday in either direction)
  • Support from EF representatives abroad
  • 24-hour worldwide emergency service

The above apply to all tours unless otherwise noted on the tour itinerary. If EF ever fails to provide you with any of the above, EF will refund you its value upon your return from the tour.

What does the non-refundable deposit include?

All travelers must pay the non-transferable, nonrefundable

$95 deposit upon enrollment in order for the enrollment to be complete. The $95 nonrefundable deposit includes:

  • EF’s standard cancellation policy and travel warning cancellation as described on pp. 12-15
  • EF luggage tag for each tour
  • Processing services by EF staff
  • Eligibility for discounts on other EF programs

Do repeat travelers receive a discount? After travel is completed on the first tour, repeat travelers will receive a $100 repeat traveler discount off future tours. Explore America repeat travelers will receive a $50 repeat traveler discount off future tours. Repeat travelers are paying travelers who traveled beginning in 2003. Travelers who cancel their tour prior to traveling are not eligible for a repeat traveler discount. The repeat traveler discount is nonrefundable and non-transferable.

What’s NOT included in the tour price?

  • Applicable tuition (if taken for college credit) including academic supplies needed to take a study abroad tour/course for academic credit.
  • Optional and shore excursions
  • EF *extra* Insurance coverage (this is optional, all student must carry the DSU insurance)
  • Beverages, lunches, and most dinners (except where specified)
  • Shore excursions on cruises
  • Transportation to free-time activities
  • Customary gratuities (for your Tour Director, bus driver, and local guide)
  • Non-standard rooming
  • Porterage
  • Any applicable baggage-handling fees imposed by the airlines (see efcollegestudytours.com/baggage for complete details)
  • Expenses caused by airline rescheduling, cancellations or delays caused by the airlines, severe weather conditions or events beyond EF’s control (see next page for details)
  • Passport, visa and reciprocity fees
  • Rooming supplement (if applicable)

What if the Group Leader changes the travel dates?

If the travel dates are changed by request of your Group Leader, it is the Group Leader’s responsibility to communicate this change to the group. It is the traveler’s responsibility to pay any difference in price.

Will the travel itinerary ever be changed?

Based on the travel dates, there may be times when it becomes necessary to modify your itinerary. Sometimes this involves changing the order in which cities are visited, altering your length of stay in a city or country or using an alternate airport. On certain days, especially holidays, some tour inclusions may be unavailable. Special educational visits, such as business visits, school visits and lectures, workshops and student exchange meetings, are subject to availability and can be modified. In such cases, EF will have to substitute different inclusions.

ENROLLMENT

It is recommended that travelers enroll as soon as possible because tours tend to fill up quickly. All

Enrollment Forms must be received at EF by 95 days prior to departure. Travelers should provide complete first, middle and last names and date of birth as they appear (or will appear) on their passports.

What if a traveler has to correct their name?

Any corrections to passport names made after 95 days prior to departure require that EF change your flight reservation resulting in a minimum fee of $200 per airline up to the cost of a new published fare ticket and may result in a different flight itinerary from the group. If the traveler has not yet applied for a passport, provide your full name and date of birth as they appear on your birth certificate.

Once the traveler have enrolled in EF’s Monthly Payment Plan the following will apply:

A minimum of three automated payments is required. If you do not meet the minimum payment requirement, EF will use the payment method you have provided for EF’s Monthly Payment Plan toward the $95 non-refundable deposit. You will be responsible for the remaining payments using our manual payment plan outlined on p. 4.

If you are paying by checking account or debit card, please verify that there are sufficient funds available for monthly deductions. A non-refundable $35 fee will be assessed each time a checking account payment is returned due to insufficient funds. A non-refundable $35 fee will be assessed each time a credit or debit card is declined. A secondary credit card may be submitted for backup in the event the primary card is declined. No fee will be assessed if the secondary card is approved. If paying by checking account, EF does not allow a backup payment method. If a payment is declined, your plan will be recalculated to have that payment redistributed across your remaining scheduled payments, starting with the next month. EF reserves the right to withdraw you from the plan after two consecutive months of payment decline.

EF’S CANCELATIONS AND REFUNDS

The cancellation policies take into consideration the costs EF incurs long before groups ever depart.

Notice of cancellation from an EF tour will only be accepted from the traveler, his or her legal guardian or the Group Leader. The date of cancellation will be determined by the date on which EF receives notice.

Cancellation refunds can only be made to the person whose name appears on the account; payments cannot be transferred to another account.

EF’S STANDARD CANCELLATION POLICY

150 days or more prior to departure

Full refund less the $95 non-refundable deposit and a $250 cancellation fee.*

149 to 95 days prior to departure

Full refund less the $95 non-refundable deposit and a $450 cancellation fee.*

94 to 30 days prior to departure

Full refund less the $95 non-refundable deposit and

50% of the program price.*

29 days or less prior to departure

No refund will be issued.

CANCELLATION WITH REPLACEMENT

150 days or more prior to departure

Full refund less the $95 non-refundable deposit.*

149 to 95 days prior to departure

Full refund less the $95 non-refundable deposit and a $100 substitution fee.*

94 days or less prior to departure

Replacements can no longer be accepted. (EF’s standard cancellation policy will apply.)*

Cancellation with replacement refers to a traveler who cancels but finds a person to replace him or her for the same program. The replacement’s Enrollment

Form must be submitted at the same time as the notification of cancellation.

* Non-refundable fees are also deducted from refunds.

Please make all payments on time to qualify for refunds in accordance with EF’s standard cancellation policy.

GROUP LEADER CANCELLATION

A Group Leader must accompany travelers on every tour. If a Group Leader cancels for any reason, EF will ask him or her to assign a new Group Leader. The new Group Leader is responsible for any increases in his or her own airline costs. Any travelers who cancel at this point and choose not to travel with their replacement Group Leader will be treated as standard cancellations. If no replacement Group Leader is found, the affected travelers will need to cancel to be eligible for EF’s standard cancellation policy.

Those travelers interested in being placed with a new tour group should contact EF at 877-485-4184. If EF cannot find a new tour for these travelers, EF’s standard cancellation policy will apply.

TRAVEL WARNING CANCELLATION

EF is pleased to offer additional travel security to our customers to cover cancellations due to an act of terrorism or the threat of an act of terrorism.

Travelers will receive a full refund (less the $95 non-refundable deposit and any non-refundable fees) should all of the following conditions be met:

(a) a terrorist act, or threats of terrorist acts occur(s), which is directed against U.S. interests on U.S. soil or in U.S. airspace or directed against U.S. interests in any other country or in international airspace; and (b) as a result of these events, a formal travel warning is issued by the U.S. Department of State, stating that Americans should not travel to any location or locations that are included in the traveler’s tour itinerary; and (c) the formal travel warning by the U.S.

Department of State is issued within 30 days of the traveler’s departure. Travelers missing any payment deadlines will need to pay late fees to qualify.

REFUNDS

Refunds for overpayments will be issued upon written request and the most recent payment has been on the account for 21 days. Refunds will be issued in the name that appears on the EF account. All refund checks are mailed 4-6 weeks after the request has been processed. There will be a non-refundable $35 stop-payment fee for lost refund checks.

WHAT IF MY GROUP HAS TO CHANGE PLANS?

Peace of mind program

EF understands that plans sometimes change due to unforeseen circumstances. That’s why EF provides EF’s exclusive Peace of Mind Program, which allows your entire group to change your tour or departure date. Your group can feel secure planning your trip, knowing that your plans are flexible.

Freedom to change your travel plans*

EF’s Peace of Mind Program allows groups to change their tours and/or departure dates until 35 days prior to departure.

EF Future Travel Voucher*

EF’s Peace of Mind Program allows travelers to receive an EF future travel voucher for all monies paid, less the $95 non-refundable deposit and any non-refundable fees, if the entire group decides not to travel at least 35 days prior to departure.

Travel Warning Cancellation

If a formal travel warning is issued for any location you are traveling to, you could be eligible to receive a refund. Continue to next page for full terms and conditions.

* The Peace of Mind Program and its ability to transfer monies paid is a benefit of making all payments by dates due. Travelers missing any payment deadlines must pay any late fees to qualify.

The future travel voucher is not a merchandise credit or a gift certificate and may not be redeemed for cash. Benefits of the Peace of Mind Program are only available to the entire group and not to individual travelers. If EF cannot accommodate the revised tour request and travelers decide not to travel on the original tour, EF’s standard cancellation policy applies. If there are additional fees resulting from the tour/date change, travelers will be responsible for the increase. Travelers canceling from a revised tour will be charged a cancellation fee based on the date that the original tour was changed or the current tour’s cancellation fee, whichever is higher. The revised tour must depart within the date range that these

Booking Conditions are valid. EF will make every effort to accommodate the revised tour request.