Rutgers serves approximately 110,000 minors annually for various reasons that range from child-care and behavioral health services to a variety of academic, athletic, enrichment, and other programs during the summer and the academic year. The university is committed to providing a safe environment for all participants.

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.

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UNIVERSITY POLICIES

The Rutgers Protection of Minors Policy applies to all programs and activities involving minors on campus. Any program in a laboratory setting must also follow the laboratory safety policy established by Rutgers Environmental Health & Safety


PROGRAM REGISTRATION & ONLINE TRAINING

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 free 30-minute online Rutgers 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.


EXTERNAL PROGRAMS OPERATING AT RUTGERS

Please visit the external agencies webpage for more information.


UNDERSTANDING YOUR DUTY TO REPORT

Make sure that you understand your responsibility to report suspected abuse or neglect of children:

  • Call 9-1-1 if you suspect that there is immediate danger to any child.
  • Inform the university promptly by contacting the Rutgers Police Department at 732-932-7211.
  • 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 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. The Rutgers Police Department can assist you with making this notification.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES