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Protecting Minors on Campus


Protection of Minors

Rutgers University serves more than 71,000 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.

Information for Parents & Families l Resources for Program Directors l Guide for External 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?

  • In case of any emergency, dial 9-1-1 immediately.
  • In addition, you must take these two steps if you suspect or know that a child is suffering abuse or neglect.
  • Step #1. Call the toll-free 24-hour hotline for reporting child abuse and neglect.
    1-877 NJ ABUSE (652-2873)
    TTY 1-800-835-5510
  • Step #2. Call the Rutgers Police on your campus.
    New Brunswick Campus
    Health Sciences at Newark 973-972-4491
    Camden Campus
    Newark Campus

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 Minors on Campus Task Force 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 within laboratories must also follow the laboratory safety policy established by Rutgers Environmental Health & Safety (REHS).

Program Registration & Online Training

All programs and activities involving minors on Rutgers' campuses must be registered with the University using the online Program Registration Form. Once registration is complete, training is required.

Program Directors, supervisors, and individuals who are regularly in contact with minors must complete the Rutgers Working with Minors Online Training Module. You will need to register for the course (once you are registered, it may take up to 24 hours to receive an email with the link to the training module).

Upon completion of training module 4, you will receive a certification form for signature. Completed certifications must be submitted to your Program Director.

Background Checks

Program Directors are responsible for coordinating criminal background checks of their employees, consultants and volunteers who supervise or participate in programs with minors through (1) directing certain individuals to the New Jersey State Police procedures or (2) contacting Rutgers University Human Resources (UHR).

See the Program Directors webpage for additional information.

External Programs Operating on University Campus

Non-University organizations that wish to operate programs or activities involving minors on RU campuses 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.

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