Cornell University is committed to the protection of minors participating in University-sponsored programs and events.


The Office of Risk Management and Insurance provides guidance to programs that serve minors.  Our goal is to help program personnel develop and implement best-practices that fit the needs of each program.

  • Interpret University guidelines on the protection of minors: Protecting Minors at Cornell General Guidelines
  • Develop program-specific policies, procedures or guidelines
  • Provide guidance on University policy 6.6.2: Reference Checking and Information Verification
  • Provide guidance on New York State labor laws governing employment of minors: NYS Labor Laws governing the employment of minors
  • Review current program documents
  • Consult on industry-recognized best practices
  • Provide in-person and online training for employees and volunteers
  • Develop program-specific behavioral expectations or codes of conduct for minors
  • Connect with other University resources

New Programs:

Please register your program with the Department of Risk Management and Insurance.  After registering we will evaluate the program for needed compliance and best practices and advise you on completing steps “1 thru 4” below.

  1. Obtain a permit from the State Health Commissioner.
  2. Use the standardized forms developed regarding parental consent, medical issues, injury reports, etc., to insure compliance.
  3. Complete the Risk Management checklist available from our office: Checklist
  4. Review the Protecting Minors at Cornell General Guidelines

We can provide additional guidance on program-specific practices.  Please contact our office for additional information.

If you are discussing the potential to run such a program or camp in the future, at least three months in advance of your program or camp you should follow the steps above to ensure timely processing of the necessary paperwork by the appropriate State agencies. Failure to obtain a permit may have legal consequences for your program or camp, as well as affecting any available insurance coverage. Your prompt and thoughtful attention to this matter is required to protect all involved in your program or camp.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss a specific question or issue

341 Pine Tree Road, Ithaca, NY 14850