Student Code of Conduct

Junior Year in Munich students are reminded that they're responsible for their personal reputations and that they are representatives of their home institutions and the JYM program, as well as guests of the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität and the Studentenwerk München. The JYM program expects full academic participation from all students, as well as adherence to appropriate standards of personal conduct established by the program and its host institutions in Germany.

  • Academic standards

    Students are expected to take their studies and the development of their German language skills seriously so that they make progress toward the completion of their degree at their home institution. Students must register for 15 credits per semester. Any student who does not attend classes, complete the required coursework, accumulates incompletes, fails their courses and/or engages in academic dishonesty (e.g., cheating/plagiarism), is subject to academic disciplinary action which may include dismissal from the JYM program.

  • Classroom behavior

    Students are expected to engage in the course subject matter, materials and discussions with a spirit of openness and respectful curiosity for opinions and ideas that might be new or different. Disagreements are an important part of getting to know other people and other cultures, but they must be carried out respectfully. We assume all contributions to learning are offered in this spirit.

    We recognize and value diversity as a benefit to any learning environment. Students should expect to encounter diversity not only among the people they meet in Germany but also among their own cohort. Participants should try to be conscious of and open to the fact that different backgrounds and experiences may lead to different ways of understanding. This is not a barrier to be overcome but an enrichment to our learning.

    Problems or concerns with professors or other instructors should be dealt with in a professional and respectful matter. Issues that cannot be resolved should, in a timely manner, be brought to the attention of the JYM staff in Munich and/or Detroit.

  • Dismissal

    In accepting admission to the Junior Year in Munich Program, students agree to recognize the right and authority of the administrative director in residence after consultation with the program director and the student's home institution to dismiss any student for failing to maintain good academic standing or for conduct constituting a danger to the student, others, or to the acceptability of the JYM program to its hosts. The program administration reserves the right to dismiss any student who fails to meet these expectations.

  • Personal behavior, health and safety

    Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that helps them to grow, learn and develop as much as possible during their time abroad. Their behavior should reflect well on their home institution, the JYM program and their personal reputation. You're expected to demonstrate honesty, integrity, maturity and respect when interacting with classmates, JYM staff, university and housing authorities, public safety authorities, as well as the general public at large.

    JYM will not tolerate any behavior that constitutes an abuse or threat to the well-being of others, behavior that LMU Munich or the Studentenwerk München consider unacceptable, or behavior that JYM considers unacceptable to the reputation, safety and security of the program and its participants. Behavior considered a threat to a student's personal health and safety, such as alcohol abuse, self-endangerment, sexual misconduct, or the manufacture, sale, distribution, use or possession of illegal drugs, may result in dismissal from the JYM program.

  • Refund and withdrawal policy

    Students must send written notification of their intention to withdraw from the program. There is no refund of the program fee after the start of orientation.

  • Self-care

    Students should practice self-care to ensure that they benefit as much as possible from their time abroad. This includes:

    • Learning as much as possible from orientation sessions so that you can integrate as quickly as possible into German society
    • Informing yourself about groups in Munich that can provide you support and help you to better integrate into German society. These include but are not limited to LBGTQ+ groups, racial or ethnic affinity groups, religious groups and houses of worship, clubs or groups related to music, sports or other hobbies
    • Thinking ahead of time about any special accommodations you might need for learning or physical disabilities. You're not required to disclose these to JYM, but we're prepared to help you should you decide to do so
    • Making sure that you have or have access to medications you need (study abroad is not a good time to try to wean oneself off any medication)
  • Sexual misconduct

    JYM takes the issue of sexual misconduct by staff and participants very seriously and does not tolerate sexual misconduct among staff or participants. Sexual misconduct includes:

    Quid pro quo harassment: Conditioning an educational benefit or service upon a person's participation in sexual conduct.  Conduct of a sexual nature between participants and staff or instructors is always prohibited.

    Gender-based harassment and discrimination: Any unwelcome conduct based on a person's sex, gender identity or nonconformity. This includes but is not limited to behavior such as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other conduct of a sexual nature. Harassment does not necessarily involve conduct of a sexual nature, however, and may include bullying, derogatory or sexual remarks and discrimination in an activity.

    Sexual violence: Physical sexual acts without the consent of the other person or when the other person is unable to give consent. Sexual violence includes sexual assault, rape, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

    Sexual assault: Physical, sexual activity that occurs without the consent of the other person, or when the other person is unable to consent to the activity. The activity or conduct may include physical force, violence, threat, intimidation, ignoring the objections of the other person, causing the other person's intoxication or incapacitation (through the use of drugs or alcohol) or taking advantage of the other person's intoxication (including voluntary intoxication).