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 being present.
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 programs.
The academic or administrative unit of the university that offers a program or gives approval for the use of university facilities.
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.
December 31, 2014