Minors on Campus
NYIT values the health, safety, and well-being of minors and is committed to providing a safe environment for minors on campus and who participate in NYIT programs. In keeping with this value and to fulfill this commitment, NYIT has adopted a Minors on Campus Policy ("Policy"). This Policy applies to all members of the NYIT community and all offices, departments, and units of NYIT. Failure to comply may lead to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, and revocation of the opportunity to use NYIT property or facilities. All camps, events, programs, activities, and services that are intended for minors and that take place on campus, or under the supervision of NYIT, whether on or off campus, ("Programs") are subject to this Policy. For purposes of this Policy, a minor is a person, other than a student in a degree program, who is less than 18 years of age.
The individual that is responsible for a Program ("Program Director"), or his or her designee, shall notify the Office of General Counsel as soon in the planning process as possible, but at least 30 days before the start of the Program. This notification shall include, at a minimum, the following information:
- the name and purpose of the Program,
- the date and time of the Program,
- the number and ages of expected Program participants,
- the names of Program staff,
- the location of the Program, and
- an indication of whether the Program will involve overnight activities and/or housing.
The Office of General Counsel, in consultation with the Director of Compliance and/or the Risk Manager will assist in coordinating the appropriate health, permission and disclosure forms, provided that in all cases the Program Director shall collect a media consent form, a behavioral standards from, a medical history (including allergy needs if any) and a consent to treat form. In the event that third party program operators or vendors are involved, the Office of General Counsel will also draft agreements ensuring that the third parties comply with NYIT's Minors on Campus Policy and all applicable laws and regulations.
Program Directors must ensure that all applicable faculty and academic staff, staff, students, volunteers, or other personnel who could conceivably be alone with minors have been subject to a criminal background check or sex offender registry check within the last three years. Program Directors shall budget the appropriate amount of funds in their programs for the cost of criminal background checks for staff and faculty. For students and volunteers, Program Directors are responsible for verifying those individuals against the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Sex Offender Registry (or the Arkansas Crime Information Center as appropriate). To do so, Program Directors should collect names and dates of birth from each student and/or volunteer and follow the following procedure:
On the Program Director's NYIT letterhead, provide a table of names and dates of birth addressed to the following address: New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Sex Offender Registry, Alfred E. Smith Building 80 South Swan St. Albany, New York 12210 (the "submission"). Fax the submission to 518-485-5805. The Program Director's name, address, telephone and fax number should be clearly indicated on the submission. Once a response is received from the Division of Criminal Justice Services, the Program Director shall consult with the Office of General Counsel in the event that the Registry indicates a match with an individual on the submission. In the event that there are no matches, the Program Director shall maintain the submission and response from the Division of Criminal Justice Services in his/her file for 7 years.
For Arkansas programs and events, Program Directors shall utilize the following website to check student or volunteer sex offender status: https://www.ark.org/offender-search/index.php. The Program Director shall consult with the Office of General Counsel in the event that the Arkansas Crime Information Center Registry indicates a match with an individual on the submission. In the event that there are no matches, the Program Director shall maintain the Arkansas Crime Information Center Registry search in his/her file for 7 years.
Criminal Background checks or sex offender registry checks as appropriate must be repeated at least every three years thereafter. Individual programs or units may require more frequent updates.
Program Directors may not allow the participation in the program of any academic, faculty, staff, hourly employee, student, volunteer or other personnel whose criminal background check and/or sex offender registry check includes a record of sexually based offenses or crimes against children. If criminal background checks include a record of other offenses, programs should consult the Office of General Counsel to determine if those offenses should preclude participation.
In the event that there are programs for which complete background checks are infeasible (for example, certain foreign country events), Program Directors must perform checks to the fullest extent feasible and adopt other measures to prevent child abuse and facilitate the reporting of abuse.
Programs that are occasional events for which a large number of volunteers are essential, may elect to adopt measures and safeguards instead of background checks for the one-time volunteers. The measures adopted must include requirements that the volunteers be working in public places, not alone with children, and be supervised by a background-checked person. Programs must compile the names and addresses of the volunteers prior to the event and check the names against the sex offender registry. Volunteers must then present photo identification to be checked at the event.
Any member of the NYIT community shall report a concern if he or she knows or reasonably suspects that a child has been abused or maltreated.
Although some NYIT employees, as mandated reporters, are required by New York State law to report suspected child abuse and maltreatment, all of the NYIT community is expected to adhere to these guidelines to ensure that we protect minors who are on our campus or participating in NYIT programs and activities.
Mandated reporters are required to report cases of suspected child abuse and maltreatment under New York State Law and include physicians, registered nurses, social workers, and mental health professionals, among others. Mandated reporters should utilize the following hotline: 800-635-1522. Additional information is available as follows: http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/publications/pub1159text.asp.
If a non-mandated reporter suspects or has reason to believe that a child has been abused or neglected, or if a child confides that they have been abused or neglected, you must take the following steps:
- If a child is in immediate danger or you require emergency assistance, call 911.
- If you suspect child abuse or maltreatment:
- In New York, call the New York State Child Abuse and Maltreatment Hotline: 800-342-3720 (In Arkansas call the Department of Human Services Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-482-5964) and
- Call the Office of Campus Security as follows:
- Long Island – 516.686.7789
- New York City – 646.273.7789
- Arkansas – 870.972.2093
You are also strongly encouraged to notify the appropriate Program Director.
In addition to external law enforcement or child services agency actions, complaints or reports under this policy will be addressed by NYIT in accordance with existing policies and contracts applicable to the individual and/or program at issue. If the complaint includes allegations of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, the matter will be addressed in accordance with NYIT's Gender Based Misconduct Policy (as applicable).
It is the policy of NYIT that all third-party groups or entities that are accompanied by minors on NYIT campuses, or third-party vendors that may be working with minors pursuant to an agreement with NYIT, carry sexual abuse and molestation insurance coverage in an amount of no less than $1,000,000.00 per occurrence and $3,000,000.00 in the aggregate.
"Child Abuse" is defined as inflicting or allowing to be inflicted upon such child physical injury by other than accidental means that causes or creates a substantial risk of death, serious or protracted disfigurement, protracted impairment of physical or emotional health, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily organ (this includes abuse that can be characterized as sexual in nature).
"Child Neglect" is defined as a child whose physical, mental or emotional condition has been impaired or is in imminent danger of becoming impaired as a result of the failure of his or her parent or other person legally responsible for his or her care to exercise a minimum degree of care.
"Abused Child" includes a child whose parent or other person legally responsible for his or her care commits or allows to be committed, an act of sexual abuse against such child as defined by the NY State penal law.
"Mandated Reporters" in New York are: Social Workers, Teachers and other school personnel, physicians and other health-care workers, mental health professionals, child care providers, medical examiners, coroners, law enforcement officers. (SOCIAL SERVICES LAW SECTION 371)
- New York State Child Abuse and Maltreatment Hotline: 800.342.3720
- Mandated Reporter Hotline: 800.635.1522
2020 Online Programming Policy Addendum
NYIT faculty and staff who run an online program for minors must successfully complete a criminal background check. Those completing background checks will need access to a printer, internet connection, and a way to return documents electronically (by scanning or sending a photo of a signed form). Please contact Human Resources to begin the process or ask questions.
Setting up an Online Program
Online programs should utilize NYIT-approved software, such as Zoom. Zoom has also created some guidance for the K–12 environment. Please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning with any questions.
Program administrators must be NYIT faculty or staff and must use their NYIT credentials at all times.
Safe Contact and Privacy Rules
The following safety rules apply to online programs for minors:
- Avoid one-to-one virtual contact with a minor
- NYIT recommends that at least two adults are online during live programs
- No private direct messaging, texting, chatting, or personal emails between a minor and a program supervisor/online teacher is permissible. Group messages and posts are acceptable and must be viewable by all participants.
- Minors may not engage in activities involving hazardous materials (chemical, biological, radiation) or work with mechanical tools at home during an online program. For questions about whether a proposed activity can be done safely, please contact Environmental Health and Safety.
- Parents/guardians must be provided with access information to all virtual meetings and programs
Recording of Online Sessions
- If program administrators wish to record any online sessions, they must obtain the consent of all parents/guardians by use of the Permission for Online Learning and Electronic Communication During the Public Health Emergency and Media Consent forms
- Program administrators may not record online sessions to their personal computer or device. Recordings must be made to the cloud. Recordings may be shared afterwards with participants in an un-editable format. All recordings will be deleted one week following the conclusion of the program.
Parents/guardians of participating minors must complete the following forms and submit them to the program administrator:
- Permission for Online Learning and Electronic Communication During the Public Health Emergency Form
- Media Consent Form
- Behavioral Conduct Consent Form
NOTE: Medical Treatment/History forms are not required for Summer 2020 programs.
The procedures for reporting abuse or maltreatment remain the same for online programs.
Participants who need to request disability accommodations should contact their program administrator.