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VCU is committed to maintaining a safe and supportive environment for all individuals in the university community, particularly minors who participate in VCU programs.

Youth Safety on Campus


Programs serving minors on campus may proceed fall 2021 with all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals wearing masks at all times indoors and outside if they cannot maintain 6 feet of distance. All employees working in programs serving minors must comply with VCU's requirements, provide proof of vaccination, or enroll in the surveillance testing program. VCU will monitor infection rates and communicate any changes. 

Safety and Protection of Minors Policy

The Safety and Protection of Minors Policy applies to all programs and activities that involve non-enrolled minors and are sponsored by the university or conducted by other organizations on VCU’s campus, including camps, clinics, workshops, conferences and other educational activities.

The policy was approved on March 3, 2016; went into effect July 1, 2016; and was most recently revised May 7, 2021.

The procedures and processes in the Safety and Protection of Minors Policy ensure that VCU programs and activities with participating minors shall be conducted in a manner that is appropriate and intended to keep everyone healthy and safe.

For more information, e-mail

Youth on campus

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Activities involving minors are integral to VCU’s mission of creating and disseminating knowledge for the betterment of society and outreach through community engagement. Ensuring the safe and appropriate treatment of minors on campus is imperative.

If you are involved in a program on VCU campus that includes minors, this information applies to you. It is your responsibility to become familiar with and comply to all Safety and Protection of Minors Policy requirements.

Safety and Protection of Minors Decision Making Flowchart

Have more questions? Consult our FAQs page for answers.



Registration is required.




Three tiers of online training.

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Background checks

Options for screenings.


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To monitor SPM Policy compliance, MFYC conducts program audits.

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These resources are intended to give a valuable and in-depth look at best practices, sample documents and guidelines for youth programs at VCU. While not required, using these recommended best practices and templates is encouraged.

The Center for Community Engagement and Impact's Youth Programs Manual in our Resources section serves as a best practice guide for any VCU program that involves youth.

VCU Youth Safety Resources

Sample Documents

VCU IRB Policies

VCU Vehicle Accident Prevention and Safety Policy

VCU Audit and Compliance Services

Mandatory Reporting of Injuries to Children

Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website

FBI State Registry

American Camp Association Guidelines

University of Nebraska-Lincoln 4-H Youth Activity Safety Policy

Orientation Sessions

To support the university community in the implementation of the policy, orientation sessions will be held. Orientation is designed for departmental leadership and program staff who are involved in conducting programs involving minors on campus. Orientation will provide guidance on how to put the policy into practice and an opportunity to ask questions. This orientation does not take the place of the required online tier training.

2021 Upcoming Sessions:

Department Orientation Sessions:

If you would like to set up a department-wide orientation session and you have a minimum of eight people interested in attending, please email

Faculty trainings