COVID-19 ASSUMPTION OF RISK
WAIVER AND RELEASE AGREEMENT

By agreeing to your acceptance into the program at Umbra Institute (The International Studies Institute/ISI Abroad)  you  are  voluntarily participating and understand and agree that:

  • Umbra Institute is not responsible for accidents, delays, incidents, injury, or additional expenses that arise due to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.
  • Additional expenses Umbra Institute is not responsible for can include, but may not be limited to, visa application costs, return airfare due to program suspensions or interruptions, and meal expenses, and costs due to quarantines that may be a requirement of the host country.
  • You are making the decision to participate in an Umbra Institute study abroad program following a review of current travel guidance and your own independent investigation and assessment of the potential risks of studying abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • You expressly agree to review and follow any health and safety recommendations and/or guidance provided by Umbra Institute and/or your home school or provider during your study abroad program.
  • Umbra Institute is not financially responsible for any disruption of travel and/or extra- and co-curricular activities caused by COVID-19 novel coronavirus or other unforeseen events beyond Umbra Institute’s control.
  • You understand that your course modality may change depending on the health and safety determination of your host institution.
  • Any travel within or out of your host country during your program dates that is not sponsored by Umbra Institute is by nature independent and at your own risk and discretion. You agree to follow all guidance and policies provided by Umbra Institute and/or the local health and safety authorities, as well as any applicable laws, rules and/or regulations, on regional and local travel.
  • If you are not able to access your belongings due to travel restrictions, Umbra Institute is not responsible for the coordination or cost of returning these items.
  • While abroad, public health and safety measures may be implemented by the country you are residing in, of which Umbra Institute has no control.
  • You are responsible for maintaining open communication with your home institution or provider, and Umbra Institute for the entirety of your pre-departure and program dates. Important information will be shared throughout, related to health and safety, particularly related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. If a response is requested, it is important for you to respond in a timely manner.
  • While abroad, the government of your country of citizenship may not be able to assist you in an emergency.
  • You have thoroughly read and understand exactly what your international health and emergency insurance does and does not cover.
  • Umbra Institute assumes no responsibility for providing medical care during your study abroad program.
  • You have read and fully understand Umbra Institute’s withdrawal policy.
  • You understand and agree that participation in any Umbra Institute program is completely voluntary and involves risks inherent to traveling to another country.

Assumption of Risk

I am voluntarily participating in the Umbra Institute study abroad program. I understand that while Umbra Institute and the home institutions have undertaken reasonable steps to lessen the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in connection with the study abroad program, Umbra Institute and the home institutions are not responsible in any manner for any risks related to COVID-19 in connection with the study abroad program. I understand that the World Health Organization has classified the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic. I further understand that COVID-19 is a highly contagious and dangerous disease, and that contact with the virus that causes COVID-19 may result in significant personal injury or death. I am fully aware that participation in the Umbra Institute study abroad program (including any related travel) carries with it certain inherent risks related to COVID-19 transmission (“Inherent Risks”) that cannot be eliminated regardless of the care taken to avoid such risks. Inherent Risks may include, but are not limited to, (1) the risk of coming into close contact with individuals or objects that may be carrying COVID-19; (2) the risk of transmitting or contracting COVID-19, directly or indirectly, to or from other individuals; and (3) injuries and complications ranging in severity from minor to catastrophic, including death, resulting directly or indirectly from COVID-19 or the treatment thereof. Further, I understand that the risks of COVID-19 are not fully understood, and that contact with, or transmission of, COVID-19 may result in risks including but not limited to loss, personal injury, sickness, death, damage, and expense, the exact nature of which are not currently ascertainable, and all of which are to be considered Inherent Risks. I hereby voluntarily accept and assume all risk of loss, personal injury, sickness, death, damage, and expense arising from such Inherent Risks.

Waiver and Release

In consideration of my participation in the Umbra Institute study abroad program, I (being 18 years of age or older) do hereby forever release, waive, discharge, covenant not to sue, and hold harmless Umbra Institute, and each and every one of their past, current and future officers, directors, employees, members, volunteers, contractors, representatives, parents, owners, affiliates, agents, successors and assigns (the “Umbra Institute Releases”), from any and all damages, injuries, losses, liability, claims, causes of action, litigation or demands, including, but not limited to, those for personal injury, illness, death, property damages, expenses or other consequences resulting directly or indirectly from or in any manner arising out of, related to, or in connection with COVID-19 and in connection with my participation in an Umbra Institute program or any travel related thereto.  I further covenant not to sue Umbra Institute in connection with any of the claims released herein.

This Agreement (and the waiver and release set forth herein) shall also be binding on my heirs, executors, administrators, assigns, successors, and all other persons who may claim through me.  I expressly agree that this Agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by applicable laws, and that if any portion of this Agreement is found to be void or unenforceable, the remaining portions shall remain in full force and effect. This Agreement contains the entire understanding of the parties relating to the subject matter, and shall not be altered, modified, amended, waived or supplemented in any manner whatsoever except by a written agreement signed by both parties hereto or their duly authorized representatives. This Agreement may be executed, made and delivered electronically.

To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, I (a) covenant and agree not to elect a trial by jury with respect to any issue arising out of or relating to this Agreement that is triable of right by a jury, and (b) waive any right to trial by jury with respect to such issue to the extent that any such right exists now or in the future. This waiver of right to trial by jury is given knowingly and voluntarily.