SUNY's Child Protection Policy

SUNY Child Protection Policy

The SUNY System-wide Child Protection Policy was passed by Board on June 17, 2014. The policy sets protocols and mandates for campuses to follow when SUNY has children in its care, custody, and control.

Policy The State University of New York is committed to protecting the safety and well-being of children who participate in University-related programs and activities, whether on or off campus, or utilize campus facilities for activities including, but not limited to, sports camps, academic and personal enrichment programs and research studies. [Section B of the Policy]
Summary of the Policy  Individuals must conduct themselves appropriately with children who participate in University-related programs and report instances or suspicion of physical or sexual abuse of children. [Section A of the Policy]

Policy Impact:

When Does the Policy Apply:

Covered Activity: A program or activity sponsored or approved by the University or a University-affiliated organization, or an activity conducted by a vendor, licensee or permittee (Third Party) for which a license or permit for use of University facilities has been approved, occurring on or off campus, for the duration of which the responsibility for custody, control and supervision of children is vested in the University, University-affiliated organization or the vendor, licensee or permittee so approved. 

Refer to the ‌Child Protection Policy Covered Activity Decision Tree, a chart that will help campuses determine when an activity is a "covered activity" for purposes of the policy.

SUNY Guidance and Resources for the Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Policy Guidance document

Revocable Permit Template (available in policy appendices)

Child Protection Policy Covered Activity Decision Tree
Refer to the ‌Child Protection Policy Covered Activity Decision Tree, a chart that will help campuses determine when an activity is a "covered activity" for purposes of the policy.

Child Protection Listserv
Listserv established to allow campuses to ask questions of Counsel’s Office and one another on issues related to implementation of Child Protection Policies. To join listserv, send email to the Director of Compliance


Child Protection Policy Training: The Office of General Counsel and the Compliance Office have teamed up to deliver a system-wide training on the SUNY Child Protection Policy.  The following training materials are available for campuses to use for their local training on the Policy.

Child Protection Policy Training Module Transcript: The training transcript outlines the words communicated in each training module, slide by slide.  The transcript is available in word or PDF Format.

Child Protection Policy Links to Recorded Modules: This document provides links to each of the ten recorded training modules, that are broken down into sections.  Campuses can use these links to watch the recorded webinar modules in real time.

Child Protection Policy Module Powerpoint Documents:  In addition to the recorded modules, campuses may also access and use the individual powerpoints that were used for the individual sections of the training.

Other SUNY Child Protection Policies

In addition to the Child Protection Policy, SUNY has a Policy on Mandatory Prevention and Reporting of Child Sexual Abuse. More information on this Policy is available on the SUNY Compliance page devoted to the Mandated Reporting of Child Sexual Abuse Policy.

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