Protection of Minors

Protection of Minors at Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University hosts a large number of minors who participate in a number of different activities including academic and athletic camps, special programs offered various academic or administrative units, operated both on and off-campus. The protection of these youth is of the utmost importance to the University.  

As such, the Appalachian State developed Policy 111.1, Minors on Campus, to promote the safety and wellbeing of minors trusted to the university’s care. Policy 111.1 outlines what is required of all university faculty, staff, students, vendors, and visitors of Appalachian who work with minors in university-sponsored programs or who participate in third party programs and activities that use Appalachian property. Minors on Campus policy also informs individuals of their reporting obligations in instances of suspected child abuse or neglect of minors (Policy 111.2, Reporting Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect).

The Minors on Campus policy applies to all programs and activities in which the university is knowingly supervising minor participants or knowingly allowing third-party to use university property for the purpose of operating a program or activity primarily serving or including minors.

The Office of Conference and Camp Services is charged with monitoring the university’s compliance with Policy 111.1. For questions or concerns, contact conferenceservices@appstate.edu

 

Core Elements of the Minors on Campus policy:

  • Required registration of all programs and activities serving minors

  • Background checks required every four (4) years

  • Required mandate to report instances of neglect, abuse, or inappropriate behavior with minors

  • Required training

  • Acceptable behavior

  • Required supervision ratios

  • Included non-university entities hosting minors in Appalachian facilities


Contact

Conference & Camp Services

Appalachian State University

ASU Box 32042

Boone, NC 28608

(828) 262-2744

conferenceservices@appstate.edu


Compliance with Minors on Campus, Policy 111.1

UNC System Office created policy 1300.10, Protection of Minors on Campus in 2019 and developed a committee to help all UNC System campuses develop their own policies. With this guidance, Appalachian created Policy 111.1, Minors on Campus which was approved in June 2020.