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Waiver: Acknowledgement and Release

By electronically signing this form, I acknowledge that I have voluntarily applied to participate in the Holy Cross Study Abroad Program (the “Program”). I further acknowledge that Holy Cross has provided me with various information about the Program, both verbally and through written materials, and that I have read and understand such information.
I am aware that foreign travel can involve the risk of injury or illness to myself or damage to my property.  I voluntarily accept all risk of personal injury, illness, death and property damage resulting from my participation in the Program.  In consideration of being permitted to participate in the Program, I, on behalf of my family, heirs, and personal representative(s), agree to assume all the risks and responsibilities of my participation in the Program, including transportation incident thereto, and any activities incident thereto, and I release, waive, discharge, hold harmless and covenant not to sue Holy Cross, its trustees, officers, agents, employees, and any students acting as employees (“Releasees”), with respect to any and all liability for any loss, harm, injury, damage, costs or expenses of any nature whatsoever, including but not limited to suffering and death, which I or my property may sustain, whether caused by the negligence or carelessness of the “Releasees,” or otherwise, while participating in, or in transit to or from, the Program or any activity adjunct to the Program.
If, for any reason, I am unable to participate fully in the Program, I understand that I may be asked to leave the Program and I further understand that what constitutes "full participation" is at the sole discretion of the on-site academic advisor or, in the case of faculty-led programs, the instructor(s). Any additional expenses incurred will be my sole responsibility.
Any dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or relating to my participation in the Program or arising out of this Release, shall be settled by binding arbitration in the City of Worcester, Massachusetts in accordance with the rules then prevailing of the American Arbitration Association. Such arbitration shall be determined by a single arbitrator, and judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction.
This Release shall be interpreted under and governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts without regard to its choice of law rules.
I understand that this Release is for the benefit of Holy Cross and its agents, employees and related entities only. Third parties, such as common carriers, hotels, or travel agencies, are not released from liability for their acts.
(Signed and dated electronically from student’s online Study Abroad application)