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Protecting Minors on Campus

Protecting Minors on Campus

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 or contact Melissa Marrero at 848-932-4956.

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 oversee or participate in programs or activities involving minors, please review the University's Policy and Guide to Working with Minors. Questions regarding the policy can be sent to

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 Training

All programs involving minors must be registered annually. Additionally, Program Directors, supervisors, and individuals who are regularly in contact with 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 click here for more information.

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