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Protecting Minors on Campus

Protecting Minors on Campus

Protection of Minors

Rutgers University serves more than 80,000 minors annually. University students, faculty, and staff interact with youth in many ways. You may be a coach, counselor, mentor, researcher, teacher, or volunteer. Perhaps you are with an outside group, such as a school or camp that brings kids to Rutgers. Whatever your role, this website was designed to be a resource to understand your role in the protection of minors on campus.

Any questions regarding the University's Protection of Minors (POM) Policy can be directed to the POM Steering Committee at

Information for Parents & Families l Resources for RU Program Directors l External Agency Programs

Notification Methods

Abuse is the physical, sexual or emotional harm or risk of harm to a child under the age of 18 caused by a parent or other person who acts as a caregiver for the child.
Neglect occurs when a parent or caregiver fails to provide proper supervision for a child or adequate food, clothing, shelter, education or medical care although financially able or assisted to do so.

What should you do if you suspect abuse or neglect?

Make a report:

  • If you know or suspect that a minor is suffering abuse or neglect.
  • Regardless of who the suspected culprit may be - a family member, teacher, religious leader, student, or coach, well-respected or not.
  • Regardless of where the abuse or neglect may be occurring, for example in the home, at Rutgers, or elsewhere.

Before making a report, you do not need to conduct your own investigation or be certain that mistreatment has occurred.

Anyone who makes a report in good faith receives legal protection from retaliation. So pick up the phone. It's your legal duty, and it's the right thing to do.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Protection of Minors Steering Committee at

University Policies & Guide to Working with Minors

If you manage, participate in, or oversee programs or activities involving minors, please review the University's Policy and Guide to Working with Minors.

Any program involving minors or volunteers working in a laboratory must also follow the laboratory safety policy established by Rutgers Environmental Health & Safety (REHS).

Program Registration & Online Training

All programs and activities involving minors at Rutgers must be registered with the University annually. Additionally, Program Directors, supervisors, and individuals who are regularly in contact with minors must complete the 30-minute online Rutgers Protection of Minors Training Course.

Please note that self-enrollment for the online training is not available. Your Program Director must register your program and add you as an employee/volunteer in order for you to access the online training course. To begin your program registration and to enroll your employees and volunteers for training, please go to the Program Directors webpage.

Background Checks & Sex Offender Registry Checks

Program Directors must ensure criminal background checks are conducted every three years and that sex offender registry checks are conducted annually.

See the Program Directors webpage for instructions on how to initiate these checks.

External Programs Operating on University Campus

Non-University organizations that wish to operate programs or activities involving minors at Rutgers must ensure their programs are run consistent with the guidelines of the University Protection of Minors Policy and the Guide to Working with Minors. All contracts for the use of University facilities by outside parties for programs involving minors must reference and provide a link to this Policy.

The policy includes requirements relating to reporting suspected abuse or neglect of minors, completing all relevant training and undergoing background checks. Please click here for more information.

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