PROTECTION OF MINORS

Policy
I. Purpose
II. Scope
III. Definitions
IV. Minors on Campus
V. Guidelines and Responsibilities
VI. Reporting Potential Crimes Involving Minors
VII. Registration
VIII. Enforcement
IX. Random Audits, Policy Implementation and Modification
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Clearances
Forms/Resources
Training

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III. Definitions

Minor - Any person under the age of 18, with the exception of students enrolled in a Robert Morris University degree granting program. Enrolled students under age 18 are treated by this Policy similarly to all other students for purposes of their interactions with minors in University-sponsored or -affiliated programs or activities and are subject to the requirements that apply to other students.

Abuse or Neglect of Minors - The infliction of physical or psychological injury, sexual abuse or exploitation, or negligent treatment of a person under age 18. Sexual abuse includes engaging in or attempting to engage in a sexual act or sexual contact with a minor, causing or attempting to cause a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct, or exposing the minor to sexually explicit conduct including, but not limited to, the use of social media to engage in such conduct. Neglect includes the failure to make reasonable efforts to prevent the infliction of abuse upon a person under age 18.

University-sponsored or -affiliated programs and activities - Programs or activities involving minors that Robert Morris University operates, sponsors or participates in, or in which University students, faculty, staff or volunteers engage through their University or volunteer roles. This term does not include programs or activities in which one may engage that are unrelated to one’s status as a member of the University’s faculty, staff or student body.

Non-University Programs – A program or activity involving minors that is operated by an individual, organization or entity external to Robert Morris University. The University leases facilities/premises to the third party and may offer other services for payment, but is not involved in the program operations, participant supervision or management unless contractually obligated.

Clearance Required Position – A position that has a significant likelihood of regular interaction with minors, as determined by the Human Resources Department and senior management. Employees, students and volunteers in this category will be required to obtain clearances and acknowledge this policy as outlined in the policy appendices.

Program Sponsor – The RMU department, unit or affiliate, employee, or third party entity that operates a program or activity involving minors.

Area Representative – An individual within each functional area of the University who is designated to answer questions about this policy and its application.

Criminal History Clearances – The following laws comprise the clearances which will be used to determine whether an individual can participate in activities or programs involving minors, whether it is University-sponsored or affiliated or a non-University program or activity:
  • Act 33 – Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance 
  • Act 34 – Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check 
  • Act 73 – FBI National Criminal History Background Check (fingerprinting)