You are representing Eastern Connecticut State University abroad. Law violations and arrests during your time abroad will jeopardize your academic standing with ECSU and can result in expulsion from the University. In addition, ECSU’s International Exchange Student Program could be put in jeopardy and terminated based on a student’s actions while studying abroad.
Drug Violations: More than one-third of U.S. citizens incarcerated abroad are held on drug charges. Some countries do not distinguish between possession and trafficking, and many have mandatory sentences – even for possession of a small amount of marijuana or cocaine. A number of Americans have been arrested for possessing prescription drugs, particularly tranquilizers and amphetamines that they purchased legally elsewhere. Other U.S. citizens have been arrested for purchasing prescription drugs abroad in quantities that local authorities suspected were for commercial use. If in doubt about foreign drug laws, ask local authorities or the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.