Restricted Activities

Certain activities deemed potentially dangerous to individual safety and program integrity are not permitted and are grounds for immediate dismissal. Participation in these activities is not permitted and is grounds for dismissal. These include, but are not limited to: motorcycling, hitchhiking, driving, parachuting, bungee jumping, branding, hang-gliding, surfing, riding in private airplanes, rock climbing, white water rafting, and scuba diving. In addition, academic directors will inform students during orientation of other activities that are prohibited due to specific factors in country. When a student requests to participate in an activity not listed above, the academic director will work with the Office of Student Affairs to determine if it is a
sanctioned activity.

All local motorized transportation must be done with registered and insured transportation options. Students are prohibited from renting cars, flying in private airplanes and helicopters, and riding on or driving motorcycles.

*Exceptionally, participants on our Vietnam programs are able to ride on motorcycles upon completion of a safety course and adherence to our helmet policy.

There are dangers inherent to any water activity including boating, wading, swimming and snorkeling. Some SIT Study Abroad programs include certain water activities within the program itinerary. In such cases, SIT staff will provide marine safety guidelines for local conditions prior to any program activity i.e. orientation to tides, currents, water temperatures, site specific water hazards, marine animals that could pose a risk to students and relevant weather concerns.

In accordance with the SIT Conditions of Participation, some activities are expressly prohibited, including but not limited to surfing, scuba diving, white-water rafting and entering into waterbodies from heights. Engaging in these activities may be grounds for dismissal. Any student who chooses to swim during free time should never swim alone, should defer to local knowledge regarding swimming safety in various locations and should limit swimming to locations where there is a posted lifeguard on duty, if possible. Students are not permitted to enter the water for any reason within 12 hours of consuming any alcohol.

Any student conducting marine work, must stay with 5 meters of a swimming/snorkeling partner. This person may be another student, staff member or advisor. Any student who is not feeling well should speak with SIT staff and stay out of the water. Any student who is required to carry an inhaler must ensure the inhaler is close at hand, and its location is known by the water partner, other students, and staff. Further detailed water safety guidelines for the local context will be covered by SIT staff on our marine ecology programs where more program time is spent engaging in water activities.