Effective: December 31, 2014
Adopted: July 8, 2014
Amended: January 22, 2015
The Pennsylvania General Assembly has enacted
various laws that are intended to promote the safety and security of children
who participate in programs held on university property. In response to these actions, the Board of
Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education have enacted Board of
Governors’ Policy 2014-01: Protection of Minors.
Indiana University of
Pennsylvania (IUP) is dedicated to promoting the safety and security of minors
who visit its campus or participate in its programs. To promote the protection
of minors, this policy: 1) describes the requirements of administrators,
faculty, coaches, staff, students, contractors, and volunteers who interact with
minors; 2) requires the registration of all programs involving minors that
occur on campus and all university-sponsored programs that occur off campus;
and 3) informs all members of the university community of their obligation to
report any instances of known or suspected child abuse, including neglect.
This policy applies to all university-sponsored
programs, regardless of location, and non-university-sponsored programs that
occur on IUP property. Examples of programs governed by this policy include,
but are not limited to: graduate and undergraduate course offerings, orientation
visitations, specialty camps (e.g., academic, sports, orientation), outreach
activities, workshops, conferences, tutoring, educational programs, affiliated
entity activities, and child care facilities and programs. All programs are
required to comply with applicable laws and regulations including any
applicable state licensure requirements.
Except for the reporting of
child abuse, including neglect, this policy does not apply to: (1) events on
university property that are open to the general public and which minors attend
at the sole discretion of their parents or legal guardians; (2) private events held
on university property where minors attend under parental or legal guardian
supervision; or (3) other programs as may be designated by the university president
or designated official in advance and in writing as exempt from this policy or
specific provisions of this policy.
A private organization recognized under
Board of Governors Policy 1985-04-A: University External Financial Support (typically
classified as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization for federal tax purposes)
that exists solely for the benefit of the university, including, but not limited
to, foundations, alumni associations, and student associations.
Individuals, paid or
unpaid, who may have direct contact, interact with, treat, supervise,
chaperone, or otherwise oversee minors. This includes, but is not limited to,
faculty, staff, volunteers, graduate and undergraduate students, interns,
employees of temporary employment agencies, and contractors. Roles of
authorized adults or program staff include, but are not limited to, positions
as counselors, chaperones, coaches, instructors, health care providers, and
outside providers running programs in leased facilities. This definition does
not include temporary guest speakers, presenters, or other individuals who have
no direct contact with program participants other than short-term activities
supervised by program staff; or fellow students whose only role is as a
participant in the education, services, or program offered.
Child abuse is defined by Pennsylvania law in
23 Pa. C.S. §6303. That definition includes non-accidental actions or omissions
that cause serious physical or mental injuries to a child, or sexual
abuse/sexual exploitation of a child including:
Providing care, supervision, guidance, or
control; or routine interaction with minors.
In a situation of suspected child abuse,
all State System administrators, faculty, coaches, staff, student workers,
contractors, and volunteers are considered mandated reporters.
A person under 18 years of age. Minors may be
enrolled undergraduate/graduate students; students “dually enrolled” with the
university and in elementary, middle, or high school; employees; or
participants in program activities.
Programs that are not
operated on behalf of the university, or under the university’s control.
Personal, unsupervised interaction
between any authorized adult or program staff and a participant without at
least one other authorized adult or program staff, parent, or legal guardian
One of the State System universities or the Office
of the Chancellor.
Activities offered by various academic or
administrative units of the university, or by non-university groups using
university facilities where the parents or legal guardians are not responsible
for the care, custody, or control of their children. This includes, but is not
limited to, workshops, services, camps, conferences, campus visits, and similar
activities. These do not include organized events where parents or legal
guardians are responsible for minors.
The person(s) who has primary and
direct operational responsibility for managing a program.
An official record or list of authorized adults or
The academic or administrative unit of the
university that offers a program or gives approval for the use of university
Facilities owned by or under the
control of a State System entity, including spaces used for education, athletics,
dining, recreation, university housing, and on-campus affiliate-owned housing.
Programs that are directly
managed by university faculty, staff, and affiliated entities on behalf of the
university. All university-sponsored programs must be registered.
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