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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IV. Minors on Campus

As a general rule, because Robert Morris University’s mission is higher education, the University’s campus is not an appropriate environment for minors unless they are attending an event open to the community at-large or enrolled in a program or activity designed for children and appropriately supervised by adults with the proper training and credentials (e.g. sporting and cultural events, athletic or age-specific camps, “Bring Your Child to Work Day”). The campus is managed primarily for adults, and the University cannot assure safe places for children who are not enrolled in specific programs or activities or under the direct supervision of a parent.

The University recognizes that child care emergencies occur; however, it is not in the position to provide emergency child care. In situations where it is necessary to bring a minor to campus, employees or students may be permitted to do so with advance approval of their supervisor or faculty member. In such instances, the parent is expected to provide supervision for the minor at all times. No minor may be left alone or unattended on University property at any time; the RMU Department of Public Safety will be contacted if such a situation is encountered.

In general, the residence halls are not an appropriate environment for minors (with the exception of special circumstances such as recruiting and “Little Sibs Weekend”); any minor guests of resident students must be registered in accordance with Residence Life guidelines. In no circumstances may resident students “babysit” minors in their rooms.

Recognizing the severe legal risks that exist to provide for the safety and well-being of minor children, the University urges understanding and cooperation by its faculty, staff, and students with respect to this Policy.