Your participation in an Institute for Field Research (IFR) Field School makes you a representative of IFR.  Therefore, you must adhere to our code of conduct. Students are subject to disciplinary action for several types of misconduct or attempted misconduct, including but not limited to:

  1. Disruption of teaching, research, administration, or other IFR activities;
  2. Physical abuse, threats of violence, rape or other forms of sexual assault, or conduct that threatens the health or safety of any person on IFR property or in connection with official IFR functions, including those activities taking place in the field;
  3. Disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, or failure to comply with the directions of an IFR employee or field school staff member acting in his/her official capacity;
  4. Unlawful use, possession, sale, distribution, or manufacture of controlled substances, identified in federal and state laws or regulations, on IFR properties or at official IFR field activities and functions.
  5. Archaeological heritage is the property of the people and nation in which students are working.  Sites, artifacts and ecofacts are not private property.  Trading, selling or otherwise removing material culture from sites without authorization from project director is violation of the law.  In many parts of the world, trading in antiquities is considered criminal offence, subject to prosecution and jail time.  Do not engage in any trading, exchanging, selling or buying of archaeological artifacts at any time.
  6. Archaeology is a destructive science.  Uncontrolled excavation is considered looting and may be subject to prosecution.  Follow your project director(s) and staff excavation and/or survey instructions carefully and do not initiate excavations or any other type of removal of archaeological artifacts, features or ecofacts on your own.
  7. Dishonesty, such as cheating, multiple submission, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the IFR;
  8. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of IFR documents, data, or identification;
  9. Theft of, damage to, or destruction of any property of the IFR or property of others while on IFR premises, including field schools, as well as on the premises of all property provided by the program;
  10. Failure to pay bills for extra services or incidentals associated with the program;
  11. Unauthorized entry to or use of IFR properties, equipment, or resources or imagery anywhere in the world.
  12. Field schools are deeply embedded within local communities. Field schools strongly relay on local communities and government authorities for the ability to conduct research and be awarded both official permits and community consent to work at the area. Student behavior that will endanger the reputation of the project may impact this balance and will not be tolerated. It may be cause for immediate removal;
  13. Any behavior that endangers the student or others – staff members, members of the local community or other students – is reason for immediate removal from the field school.

Students in violation of the code of conduct will be expelled from the program at the instructor’s discretion. In the event a student is expelled, the student is not eligible to receive a refund of any of the fees paid to the IFR.  Expelled students will not be permitted to participate in any program activity or be entitled to any program benefits including, but not limited to, travel, meals, and housing.  Furthermore, the student will be responsible for any additional costs incurred for lodging and transportation once expelled.


Drinking alcohol while socializing is common in many parts of the world. The attitude in some countries toward alcohol may be much different than in the United States.  Drinking in some countries is part of the social experience, but not the focus of it.  Excessive drinking or drunken behavior is not acceptable. Public drunkenness is illegal in many countries.  If your consumption of alcohol becomes disruptive to your program, it is cause for immediate expulsion.  If you choose to drink, please be responsible.


When you are in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws and are under its jurisdiction, NOT the protection of the U.S. Constitution. You can be arrested overseas for actions that may be either legal or considered minor infractions in the United States. Be aware of what is considered criminal in the country where you are.

If you are arrested on a drug or criminal charge, it is important that you know what can and cannot be done. Always use your one phone call to contact the nearest United States embassy or consulate.

 The U.S. Consular Officer CAN: The U.S. Consular Officer CANNOT:
  • Visit you in jail after being notified of your arrest.
  • Give you a list of local attorneys.
  • Intercede with local authorities to make sure your rights under local law are fully observed and that you are treated humanely.
  • Protest mistreatment or abuse  to the appropriate authorities.
  • Demand your immediate release or get you out of jail.
  • Represent you at trial or give legal counsel.
  • Pay legal fees or fines with U.S. government funds.



The relationship between you and the Institute for Field Research shall be governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to its conflict of law provisions. You and the Institute for Field Research agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located within the County of Los Angeles, CA, where the Institute for Field Research is located.