Programs Involving Participation of Minors
NC State established Regulation 01.25.18 for all University-sponsored or affiliated activities, events, or programs (“Programs”) that involve the participation of minors to set forth standards and procedures designed to provide a safe environment for minors and to permit these visits to be carried out in a safe and responsible manner. In order to enhance the safety of minors participating in our programs or in programs operated by third-parties on our campus, the university recently updated (November 19, 2019) REG 01.25.18 and incorporated NEW requirements from the UNC System Policy on Protection of Minors on Campus, Policy 1300.10.
“Does my program fall under REG 01.25.18?”
The determining factor regarding whether the activity or program falls under REG 01.25.18 depends on who is providing direct supervision for the care, custody and control of the minors while they are participating in NC State activities.
Your program/activity does not fall under REG 01.25.18 if minors will be supervised by parents, guardians, chaperones or an outside entity throughout the duration of the program. Examples of activities that do not fall under REG 01.25.18 include external field trips and campus visits.
Your program/activity does fall under REG 01.25.18 if NC State Covered Individuals are providing direct supervision for the care, custody or control of the minors. This applies to Covered Programs and Activities providing supervision for minors regardless of duration or location. (This includes minors in lab settings and minors that have not officially enrolled. There is NO exception for students accepted for enrollment or for minors who work, volunteer, or serve in laboratories or internships).
All programs/activities involving minors in the College of Sciences where we are providing direct supervision for the care, custody, or control of the minors must comply with the following in accordance with REG 01.25.18. The following is a list of steps for College of Sciences Faculty, Program or Activity Director to work with minor/s:
Step 1: Program or Activity Director must contact their department HR Partner or Business Officer.
Step 2: Register your program or activity in REPORTER. Annual approval from the appropriate dean or vice-chancellor (or designee). For the College of Sciences, the Dean’s designee is the Director of The Science House, Jason Painter. In order to receive approval from Jason, you MUST Register a Program with the Office of Youth Programs and Compliance involving minors at least 90 days prior to the program start date. Once you’ve completed this, the program will be reviewed by Jason and the Office of Youth Programs and you will receive approval from him and the Office of Youth Programs.
Other actions required in accordance with REG 01.25.18:
- Conduct regular checks for all covered individuals who work closely with, interact, supervise, instruct or otherwise come into direct contact with minors in a Program including: background and reference checks on all new employees and volunteers that work with, interact, instruct or otherwise direction supervise minors at least every three years. This includes current NC State employees.
- Criminal background checks (every 3 years): Hiring Departments are responsible for requesting background checks (every 3 years) when an existing employee needs to assume additional risk-based duties (i.e. driving, cash-handling, working with minors, etc.). To begin the background check process for covered individuals, including current employees, contact your department HR Partner with a request to enter the background check JAR action. Please allow up to 2 weeks for background checks to be processed and endorsed. Please reach out to the Background Check Program at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions related to the Background Check Only process.
- Driving record checks: Programs must be conducted on covered individuals that will be required to drive or transport minors as a regular part of their program or activity responsibilities or duties.
- Reference Checks: Programs must also conduct appropriate reference checks for all new employees and volunteers working around the minor.
- Student Conduct Checks: Additionally, for current students, the Office of Youth Programs and Compliance will contact the Office of Student Conduct and request conduct checks for the current students listed on the REPORTER youth program compliance registration form.
- Minors Regulation Training is required for NC State program staff who are providing direct supervision or custodial responsibility for the care, custody and control of minors. The online training is automatically assigned to all covered individuals who are listed as program staff or volunteers in REPORTER. Once the training is completed, the date will be recorded in REPORTER and the individuals will receive an email certificate. This printable version can be used to take notes and follow along with the audio track in REPORTER. If users experience difficulty with the online course, the training is also publicly available using this link.
- University-sponsored academic camps and programs may obtain insurance for the participants. This is called participants insurance. This only covers accidents. You must secure insurance information from parents/guardians to assure participants have sickness coverage. Go HERE to request insurance.
- Execute the following agreements with parent/legal guardian for every minor participating the program:
- Program Contract
- Liability Waiver, Assumption of the Risk, and Indemnification Agreement
- Health History and Medical Contact
- Medicine Notification, Administration, and Consent Form
- Parental Consent, Release, and Liability Waiver Form for Publication
- Emergency Contact Information
- Vehicle Release
- Entire Packet of Forms
- Each Program involving minors must develop the following plans:
- Communication Plan. All Programs of the College of Sciences must have a Program Director in charge of the Program. The Program Director is responsible for notification of participants’ parents/legal guardians/emergency contacts in the event of an emergency. Also, all parents or legal guardians must be provided with the Program Director’s contact numbers (office and cell) in case they need to get in contact with their child(ren).
- Medical Emergency Plan. Program Directors must ensure actions to be taken in the event of a medical emergency are well documented (including but not limited to who to notify and completion of an Incident-Report-Form). The Program must be structured in such a way to ensure a designated individual will remain with the participant until a parent/legal guardian arrives. The plan must document who is authorized to administer first aid to participants, where first aid kits will be located and any required first aid training for designated individuals. It is HIGHLY recommended that at least one director/coordinator/designated individual for any Program for minors program have first aid training.
- Supervision Plan. All College of Sciences Programs must have adequate supervision in light of the number and average age of participants, the Program activity, and whether overnight accommodations are involved. One authorized adult shall be provided for every ten (10) minor attendees between ages 7 and 18, and one authorized adult for every four (4) minor attendees 6 years of age or less. Each Program must specify the person having responsibility over all Authorized Adults serving in the Program and provide a proposed breakdown of Authorized Adults by category of employees, students and volunteers. The Supervision Plan for any overnight program must specify curfews, rules pertaining to any visitors, and limitations of use of free time.
- Drop Off/Pick up Plan. All College of Sciences Programs must have a procedure for the pick-up and drop-off of participants, specifying times and locations, and ensuring that no participant shall be released to any person other than his or her parent or legal guardian without specific written authorization from such parent or guardian. See form above.