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they will be subject to penalties associated with traffic violations and said violations may be taken more seriously than in other countries. ••The cost of purchasing a vehicle will vary. Past YFU students have spent between $700 and $3,000 for aused automobile. Be aware that the host family is not obligated in any way to offer the use of their vehicle or to cover any costs related to a YFU college student’s operation of an automobile. Disciplinary Procedures YFU follows a structured disciplinary procedure to document and review student behavioral issues. YFU Community College Program students are representatives of their home country, their college, and YFU and are therefore expected to behave in a mature and responsible manner. All students are responsible for following host family rules, all college and YFU rules and regulations, as well as all federal, state, and local laws. If a student violates host family, college or YFU rules and regulations, a warning letter will be issued for the first offense. Repeated disregard for host family, college or YFU rules will result in the student being placed on probation. This means that the student will be considered for involuntary early return if his or her behavior does not improve or if s/he is reprimanded again for disregarding or breaking a host family or YFU rule. A student who breaks any federal, state, or local law will be considered for immediate involuntary early return. This decision will be made based upon the nature of the offense by YFU Community College Program staff in consultation with the campus coordinator, and YFU offices worldwide. YFU operates on a three strike policy, generally. Students are given ample opportunity and warning to improve their grades or behavior before they will be dismissed from the program. However, YFU will always follow the lead and support decisions made by the College. If a student is place on probation with the school, then the student will be on probation with YFU as well and considered for program dismissal. Early Return Involuntary Early Return. When YFU removes a student from his or her program prior to his or her scheduled departure to his or her home country, this is defined as an Involuntary Early Return. This type of program dismissal usually occurs when a student violates a program or community college policy, immigration regulation, or other US law. Community college staff and sending YFU National Organizations are consulted when an involuntary early return is under consideration. YFU will establish departure dates and specific travel itineraries for students classified as involuntary early return. Voluntary Early Return. When a student desires to return to his or her home country by his or her own choice before his or her scheduled departure, this is a voluntary early return. This may happen because a student cannot adjust to the USA, or because the student has personal or natural family problems. Students who decide to return early will be helped to prepare for re-entry into their home culture. Students under the age of eighteen (18) who desire to return to their home country by their own choice must obtain their natural parents’ permission. YFU will establish departure dates and specific travel itineraries for students electing voluntary early return. Employment YFU strongly discourages college students from working while they are on-program except in cases of unanticipated dire financial need. The program consists of both academic and cultural enrichment components. Working often prohibits a student from participating in cultural events, thereby causing the student to miss out on an important part of the YFU Community College Program. Legally, YFU college students who hold a valid F-1 visa are allowed to work on-campus for 20 hours per week or less. YFU students holding F-1 visas usually cannot work off campus. It is important to note that obtaining an oncampus position can be a competitive, selective process. Many colleges have no positions available for international students. Students should not rely on the possibility of on-campus employment as a source of income to meet their financial obligations while on-program. Failure to comply with YFU and F-1 guidelines concerning paid employment may result in dismissal from the program. YFU college students are solely responsible to comply with all US immigration regulations governing employment of foreign students. Students assume all responsibility to obey Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations, to pay income and other taxes, and to file required tax forms. Extension of Stay YFU cannot grant an extension of stay. An F-1 visa holder remains in valid status for up to 60 days after the last day CCP HANDBOOK - 23