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Information for Parents and Families

The University takes seriously its commitment to promoting a safe and welcoming environment for minors participating in Rutgers sponsored programs and activities and non-University programs that occur on campus.

Notification Methods

Definitions:
Abuse
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
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 Minors on Campus Task Force at
protectminors@aps.rutgers.edu.

Protecting Our Community

The University is taking a number of important steps to establish safeguards for your child.

  • We are educating members of the University community and those who run programs on campus about the warning signs of abuse and neglect.
  • We have established clear requirements for reporting known or suspected abuse or neglect of minors.
  • We have created guidelines and a training course for working with minors.
  • We are requiring training on the protection of minors for those who will regularly supervise minors on campus.
  • We are requiring certain categories of adults who participate in programs or activities involving minors to clear criminal background checks and sex offender registry checks.
Important Tips for Parents and Families

In addition to the steps the University has taken, there are important things you can do to protect your child.

1. Make sure that you understand your responsibility to report issues:

  • Call 9-1-1 if you suspect that there is immediate danger to any child.
  • Let the University know promptly by contacting Rutgers Police Department 732-932-7211 and the Program Director for your child's program if your child expresses concern about behavior that may be abusive or neglectful.
  • In New Jersey, any person having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or acts of abuse should immediately report this information to the State Central Registry (SCR). If the child is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 as well as 1-877 NJ ABUSE (1-877-652-2873). A concerned caller does not need proof to report an allegation of child abuse and can make the report anonymously.

2. Talk to your child about the following:

  • The difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching.
  • The fact that children can say NO to any touch they don't want and that they should trust and pay attention to their feelings and ask questions when they feel uncomfortable.
  • The fact that children can and should speak up if they ever feel unsafe.
Additional Resource for Parents

Pre-college programs enchance college awareness, provide extracurricular enrichment and increase the academic preparedness of students currently attending elementary, middle and high school. For a directory of K-12 pre-college programs at Rutgers University, please click here.