Non-Discrimination Policy

“At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security.” — Judi Rell

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Non-Discrimination & Harassment Policy

The Academic Non-Discrimination and Harassment Policy is the foundation of our guiding principle:

Everyone deserves a safe and respectful opportunity to discover and explore the world with the knowledge, belief, and assurance that their dignity, emotional and physical safety and security, and overall well-being will be respected and protected by everyone.  

Please read below for details of this policy. Academic — and all of its vendors, group leaders, and travelers — are committed to each of the policy’s principles in everything that we do on our journeys.

Respecting differences makes us stronger ...

Everyone is welcome!

All Academic journeys are free of all bigotry, prejudice, racism, intolerance, harassment, and aggression in words and actions.

The Academic Non-Discrimination and Harassment Policy specifically bans discrimination, harassment, or any other action — verbal or physical — against or toward any traveler, supplier, or any other person or entity affiliated with your journey on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, gender/sex, sexual orientation, perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, perceived gender identity, pregnancy, or pregnancy-related conditions.

Furthermore, any form of intimidation, threat, bias, prejudice, coercion, and/or harassment that insults the dignity of others and interferes with their sense of safety and security, and freedom to enjoy a journey, activities, and events or other any engagement with anyone leading, representing, or participating in a journey is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

We will strictly enforce a prohibition against harassment and discrimination, sexual or otherwise, toward or by you, our employees, all adult and student travelers, parents/legal guardians/caregivers or family members, or anyone else affiliated with or participating in — directly or indirectly — any journey, activity, or event as such conduct is contrary to the values of Academic and our commitment to equal opportunity and non-discrimination on all of our journeys and in all of our offerings and services.

You are expected to adhere to the following code of conduct relative to this Policy:

  • Provide a welcoming, respectful, and safe travel environment for all travelers and comply with the specifics of this policy referenced above.
  • Refrain from discriminatory words and actions to and with all travelers relative to participation on a journey in every aspect.
  • Immediately report any such infraction of this policy to the Academic Intelligence Officer.
  • Refrain from any retaliation in any form, verbal or physical; or any retaliation against any individual in any form, verbal or physical — who has lodged a complaint or cooperated with any investigation of or inquiry into any discrimination, harassment, or retaliation complaint relative to this policy.

All infractions will be addressed immediately and respectfully.  Our response to infractions can range from an amicable discussion to resolve and alleviate tensions and promote understanding, to a call home to parents or legal guardians, to — in the case of serious or multiple infractions — the traveler’s immediate dismissal from the journey and a return home.

In the case of a complaint by a traveler against another traveler for any violation of this non-discrimination and sexual harassment policy — provided that the complainant has not engaged in any infraction of this policy — the complainant will certainly be supported by us. 

* Please be advised that the laws and cultural norms of other countries may not be in line with those of this non-discrimination and sexual harassment policy and that we may have no control over such actions in conflict with this policy and cannot be held accountable for such actions by others. In such cases — should you feel that you are experiencing discrimination or sexual harassment — you should not engage and immediately contact your Group Leader or Academic Intelligence Officer who will advocate on your behalf and provide you the most equitable solution in respect of your concerns and experience.