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STRIVE – Know Your Rights and Help Others

Entering the United States as an international student is both exciting and daunting. Many international students will focus on the university’s politics, intellectualism, culture, food, where they will live, etc. What may be missing from the inquisitive minds of our brilliant international students are their rights as a student of Rice University. Just as it is crucial for students to learn about the laws of the United States, it is just as important to read over Rice University’s Student Code of Conduct.

New members of the Rice community may not realize that they are both held to the standards of the university and are given the right to make a complaint if they are feeling mistreated. As a STRIVE (Students Transforming Rice Into a Violence-Free Environment) Liaison, I urge all international students to read through their responsibilities to other students, faculty and staff. More importantly, if you feel that you have been discriminated against in any way; if you are experiencing sexual or domestic abuse, harassment, or pregnancy discrimination, we have help available for you, regardless of your international status.

Please submit any questions you may have to strivegrads@gmail.com. We will help you and we will not share your information to the university without your permission. We will also help you access the resources available to you. If you would like to help students to understand their rights, please consider becoming a STRIVE Liaison. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN (through February 19, 2017). Liaisons are given training. All students are welcome and encouraged to apply.

By Makiko Hirata, STRIVE Liaison

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