Ithaca College is committed to protecting the safety and well-being of minors who participate in youth programs sponsored by the College or by third parties at the College. Minors are individuals under the age of 18 who are not a matriculated student at the College. The College understands the importance of providing a safe and secure environment for minors and ensuring that all programs, events, and activities are identified that engage minors.
Each College program sponsor must consider the impact of all activities and interactions conducted with minors during the course of a program (i.e., recreational camp, enrichment program, overnight program, etc.) and must appreciate and consider the risks and responsibilities when involved in a program. For laboratories, please review the Minors in Laboratories Policy. Minors under the age of 13 are not permitted in laboratories; the only exceptions when Minors are allowed in laboratories are when they are involved in supervised tours (but they may not participate in any hands-on laboratory activities) or when the Minors are participants in an approved College research study that is addressed by Institutional Review Board processes.
General Information for the Ithaca College Community
The Protection of Minors Policy applies to all who supervise, chaperone, or is responsible for overseeing a College program that involves minors. This includes, but is not limited to, faculty, staff, students, coaches, chaperones, consultants, third parties, and volunteers who work or interact with minors in programs or activities sponsored by the College or for programs sponsored by a third-party at the College.
This site serves as a resource for members of the College community and those responsible for coordinating programs and activities involving minors. For additional assistance and guidance, refer to the Protection of Minors Policy or contact the Office of Risk Management at (607) 274-3285.
To determine if your activity or program needs to meet the requirements of the policy, the definition of a College-Sponsored Program in the policy, including exceptions, is any program or activity that IC operates or sponsors involving Minors offered by various academic and administrative units of the College, student organizations, athletics, etc. These programs include, but are not limited to, programs in which students who are dually enrolled in College credit-bearing courses while also enrolled in elementary, middle, and/or high school; academic camps; athletics camps or other athletic programs; workshops; residential programs; commuter programs; conferences; College-sponsored overnight visits involving prospective students, including those involving prospective student-athletes; mentoring activities; academic enrichment programs; internship placements at College Facilities; activities occurring in College laboratories; and recreational programs.
Program definition, under this policy, does not include:
- General events open to the public where parents/legal guardians are invited/expected to accompany and provide supervision of their children at all times.
- IC enrolled students who are under the age of 18 participating in College credit-bearing courses or College activities.
- The undergraduate admissions application process and related information sessions or tours led by undergraduate student ambassadors.
- The employment of persons under the age of 18 by the College.
- Supervision of Minors who are involved in College research that is addressed by Institutional Review Board processes.
In addition to the program information above, refer to the Protection of Minors Policy flowchart. If a program needs to comply with the policy, proceed to the guidelines below.