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THREATENS Students

Over 'Jersey Shore'

5/19/2011 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Officials running a study abroad program in Italy are FURIOUS over rumblings that one of their students partied ON CAMERA with the "Jersey Shore" crew ... and now the school has issued an ultimatum -- stay away from the guidos or be expelled from the program!

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The University of Florida sent out an email to students participating in their study abroad program in Italy -- which states "any student who does agree to participate in the filming of the show, or who signs a waiver or legal agreement of any sort with MTV, will be dismissed from the program immediately."

TMZ obtained the email -- warning the students that any action deemed potentially embarrassing to the school "will not be tolerated."

The school has also threatened to contact the student's parental units to inform them why the school would be kicking them to the curb.

Funny, we thought the U of F mascot was the Gator ... not the Rat.

UPDATE: The UF is now changing their tune ... TMZ spoke with Janine Sikes, UF Director of Public Affairs, who tells us, "Generally speaking, students may participate in activities outside their Study Abroad program as long as they meet the academic and living requirements of that program."

Sikes explained ... the university acknowledges that a school administrator DID send the original email to students ... but now states, "This is a reversal of the UF administrator’s position."

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16.

Tim    

If they aren't doing anything illegal, how can this be legal?

1148 days ago
17.

Joe the Plumber    

Last I checked, we were pretty well known as a part school. Jersey Short is definitely not a good image, but a state government owned school has no real place acting against what students do in their free time.

1148 days ago
18.

eloc    

Ivy league or not, a school's name being associated with such low level entertainment is bad. The kids can party all they want, just don't drag your school's name onto national tv with a bunch of sludge.

1148 days ago
19.

Eriden07    

FU GAYTORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
UGH..... Swamp Dwellers!
LOL Of course they think they are all that! I'm sure they wish ALL their students could be like Tim Tebow...... egotistical and STUCK up!!!! lol

1148 days ago
20.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

@eloc, the school does not say that the students can party all they want. The school say that if they have anything to do with this show whatsoever, they will be dismissed. Low level is a matter of opinion.

1148 days ago
21.

Bubbles The Chimp    

That's funny.

1148 days ago
22.

dc_uf_08    

uf was a fun school til they got a new president

1148 days ago
23.

DanicaMarie    

Uhm i'm pretty sure that falls under some type of freedom people have as humans. How can a university tell their students who they can and can't associate with? Thats retarded. I'd do what i want, and if they want to kick me out, i'd fight them with every last breath i had.

1148 days ago
24.

Chuck    

"The school has also threatened to contact the student's parental units to inform them why the school would be kicking them to the curb."

Colleges can't legally do that if they're over 18 and can't do it without a waiver from the student it's a violation of FERPA. Not to mention, I fail to see how a university can dismiss a student for participating in a TV show as long as their behavior doesn't violate the student code of conduct. Heck, Elizabeth Hawkenson did a porn clip and showed her Ariz. State Univ. ID on camera and they didn't kick her out of school or take her scholarship.

1148 days ago
25.

Brian    

"The school has also threatened to contact the student's parental units."

Do they realize they are making threats to do illegal things? Contacting the parental units would be against federal law.

Also, Univ. of Flordia is only know as a party school. They're going to punish students for doing what the school is known for? Give me a break.

1148 days ago
26.

sweetdee88    

that's the pot calling the kettle drunk; UF is a total party school and while the campus may be dry i assure you that the students are not...-grew up in gville. that being said eww, jersey shore, eww

1148 days ago
27.

Janine Sikes    

Federal law prohibits the University of Florida from discussing specific matters relating to our students. However generally speaking, students may participate in activities outside their Study Abroad program as long as they meet the academic and living requirements of that program.

Signing a contract as described by TMZ would not violate UF’s Student Conduct Code and students would not be subject to any discipline.

1148 days ago
28.

Bubbajk    

There are so many contradictions in this story that I think TMZ got taken in worse than GMA did on that Botox Mom story

1148 days ago
29.

Judith     

I did study abroad in Italy. We had to sign a waiver saying we would abide by not only the colleges code of conduct but the study abroad's code of conduct. We were allowed to go out and party but they dont want them going on the show.

1148 days ago
30.

dee    

please...when will they just go away...

1148 days ago
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