and Radiation Officer
The purpose of the Protecting Minors on Campus Training is to provide campus administrators, faculty, staff, students, volunteers and affiliates sponsoring youth programs and/or events on the University of Montana campus guidance in developing and employing policies, protocols and strategies to plan their program activities and provide a safe environment for their youth participants and employees.
University policy No.704 requires criminal background investigations prior to employing permanent staff members, contract administrators, contract professionals, all faculty members, individuals on Letters of Appointment, and designated temporary staff members.
Thoughtful planning is the most important tool to help protect participating youth and staff during your program activities. Have an adequate plan in place that embrace good risk management. Remember you are the risk owners responsible for addressing the risk issues. Consider:
The Office of Legal Counsel can also assist with providing acknowledgement of risk and consent forms. The Campus Risk Manager can assist with insurance and liability and risk reduction strategies.
Child maltreatment and abuse may take several forms: Neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. While sexual abuse and child molestation typically occurs in family settings, it also arises in youth serving program. Child abuse is generally a crime of opportunity. Most recent cases involving educators were perpetrated by an adult that had no known prior background. The opportunities were enabled through an environment that permitted unsupervised contact. Minimize the opportunity for one-on-one contact in non-public space and eliminate the opportunity for a crime or even a false allegation. Three conditions that encourage child molestation:
Be Aware of the Warning Signs. Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect
Programs working with minors are responsible for becoming familiar with and understanding all applicable Federal and State laws and determine whether they are a mandated reports under Montana State Law (MCA§41-3-201). Even if you are not a mandatory reporter you may report suspected child abuse and neglect to the DPHHS, Child and Protective Services Division – 1(866)5437.
Websites that are collecting information from children under the age of thirteen are required to comply with Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Children’s Online Privacy Protection act (COPPA)
Programs should have clear concise guidance developed on Reporting, Response and Recovery Post Incident – communication plan, social media, crisis management, and appropriate investigative process and debrief
These guidelines specify the health and safety requirements for minors while in University laboratories. These requirements and restrictions apply regardless of whether the minor is present as a visitor, volunteer, employee, or registered student at the University. The goal of this policy is to ensure the safety of minors in our University laboratories while encouraging research projects that involve youth. (see specific guidelines)
Protecting Minors on Campus – UM’s power point training for faculty, staff, students and volunteers
Shine a Light: Protecting Children on Campus' United Educators Training Video
This video highlights the warning signs of sexual misconduct
against minors and the importance of reporting suspicious behavior.
This video will help adults on campus: Recognize warning signs manifested
by abused children; detect “red flag” situations that may be indicative of abuse;
and know the importance of reporting potentially abusive situations.