Protection of Minors

Rutgers University serves more than 80,000 minors annually. You may be a coach, counselor, mentor, researcher, teacher, volunteer, or an outside agency hosting minors in a Rutgers owned or operated facility. Regardless of your role, this website was designed as a resource to provide you the necessary information to protect minors in university programs and on university premises.

For questions related to the University's Protection of Minors Policy (POM), please contact the Steering Committee at protectminors@rutgers.edu or contact Melissa Marrero at 848-932-4956 or by email at marrero.melissa@rutgers.edu.

Parents & Families l Program Directors & PIs l External Agencies

University Policies & Guide to Working with Minors

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

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

Program Registration & Online Trainings

All programs involving minors must be registered annually. Additionally, Program Directors, authorized adults, and individuals in direct contact positions who regularly supervise minors must complete the 30-minute online Protection of Minors Training Course.

To access the course, your Program Director must register the program and add you as a participant. To begin the program registration process, please visit 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. For external agencies operating youth-serving programs at Rutgers, please view the information below.

External Programs Operating at Rutgers

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 Rutgers 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 visit the external agencies webpage for more information.

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