By participating in a study abroad program, students acknowledge the following risks. All applicants will be required to review and sign this form within their portal so they will be prepared for their time abroad:
RESPONSIBILITY FOR ACADEMIC RISK
I acknowledge that I am electing to participate in an international activity that may include academic risk. This risk could be the result of academic disruption due to COVID-19 or other factors. Disruptions include but are not limited to my personal decision to independently withdraw, program cancellation (see Temple’s Assumption Risk & Release Form), recall of students, inability to finish research, inability to complete an internship, or changes in academic content delivery. It is my responsibility to understand what my host organization/program is able to provide to ensure academic continuity. In the absence of an academic continuity plan being provided to me, it is my responsibility to prepare an academic continuity plan in advance of departure.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR MEDICAL NEEDS AND OVERSEAS INSURANCE
I understand that the mortality rate for those infected with COVID-19 increases with both age and the presence of comorbidities. I am aware of my personal medical needs and risk tolerance. I understand that Temple University has no control over the healthcare environment/infrastructure within my host country. It is my responsibility to understand how to receive treatment and testing for COVID-19 related symptoms within my host country.
I am aware that I am required to be enrolled in Temple’s international travel medical insurance regardless of any other insurance I may have.
I also understand that Temple’s international travel medical insurance will pay Medical Expense Benefits for Covered Expenses that result directly, and from no other cause, from a Covered Accident or Sickness. Medical expenses for treatment of COVID-19 are included in this coverage.
Other terms or limits shown in Temple’s international travel medical insurance policy apply. Please note: Temple’s international travel medical insurance will not pay security evacuation assistance benefits for expenses and fees for COVID-related issues. Additionally, Temple’s international emergency health insurance policy may not cover other associated expenses, including (but not limited to) the cost of quarantine accommodations, preventative testing, or additional travel expenses.
COMPLIANCE WITH QUARANTINE AND TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
I acknowledge that I must follow domestic and international laws and regulations regarding quarantine. I further acknowledge that I must plan in advance to arrive in the country in time to quarantine, if required, prior to the travel dates outlined by Temple and/or my host organization/institution. I also understand that independent travel during weekends or academic breaks is highly discouraged and may be prohibited by my host organization/institution. Independent travel during weekends or academic breaks is subject to rapidly changing conditions, including but not limited to changing quarantine regulations, flight delays/cancellations, or border closures. Should I choose to conduct independent travel during my time abroad, I understand I may be required to quarantine upon my return to my host location. I understand that I may also be subject to disciplinary or academic recourse. I furthermore understand that I may also be required to quarantine upon my return to the United States and/or to the University campus.
Even if protective measures are in place, Temple cannot guarantee that housing locations are or will remain free of COVID-19.
I will consider various health factors when choosing housing. Factors related to COVID-19 include, but are not limited to, the ability to practice social distancing and to self-isolate at my residence if necessary, measures taken to protect the health of residents, and the facility’s communication with residents.
COVID-19 RISK ACCEPTANCE & LIABILITY WAIVER
The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is a highly infectious, life-threatening disease declared by the World Health Organization to be a global pandemic. COVID-19’s highly contagious nature means that contact with others or contact with surfaces that have been exposed to the virus, can lead to infection. Additionally, individuals who may have been infected with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic for a period of time or may never become symptomatic at all. Because of its highly contagious and sometimes “hidden” nature, it is currently very difficult to control the spread of COVID-19 or to determine whether, where, or how a specific individual may have been exposed to the disease.
As of February 2021, there are several coronavirus vaccines in various stages of development and approval globally. Because the supply of COVID-19 vaccines in most countries is currently limited, authorities are prioritizing healthcare workers and at-risk individuals based on occupation and health history before moving on to the general population in the coming months. It is predicted that vaccine distribution will take several years before all communities are reached globally. Scientists will not know how long immunity lasts after vaccination until there is more data on how well COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Depending on the results of research, booster shots may be required in the future if immunity declines over time, or if the vaccines are not effective against new coronavirus variants. Due to limited supplies and the prioritization of local citizens, I should not expect to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in my host country. Even if vaccinated prior to travel, I should still practice the Four Public Health Pillars until otherwise notified by public health authorities and Temple University officials.
Being aware of the foregoing, I am voluntarily participating in this off-campus activity. I further understand that Temple University cannot guarantee a COVID-19-free environment on this international activity. By signing this Agreement, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19, the fact that it can be difficult to identify in another, and the inherent risks of exposure during international travel to those who may be infected with COVID-19. I voluntarily assume the risk that I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by participating in international travel, and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and/or even death.
I agree not to make any claim against Temple University with respect to any exposure I may have to COVID-19 as a result of my participation in international travel, and I agree that if any such claim is made, I will indemnify and defend Temple University with respect to any such claim. I further acknowledge that I have asked for and/or been given any information that I may need to determine the risks associated with participating in international travel, and to make an informed assumption of those risks, and waiver of claims.