Youth Programs

Cornell University is committed to the protection of youth participating in University-sponsored programs.

The Office of Risk Management and Insurance provides guidance to the University community regarding youth programs.  Please let us know about your program in either of the following ways:

The following resources and information are helpful for creating safe and responsible environments for youth.  Please explore them and let us know if you have any questions.

Reporting: Please report activities that may involve improper conduct or violations of Cornell University’s Policies: Cornell Hotline

General Guidelines: Protecting Youth at Cornell University – General Guidelines

NYS Labor Law: NYS Labor Laws governing the employment of minors

University Reference Check Policy: University Policy 6.6.2 – Reference Checking and Information Verification

Educational Resources: Online educational learning resources

  • Protecting Children: Hiring Staff Who Work With Minors
  • Protecting Children: Identifying and Reporting Misconduct
  • Protecting Children: Shine A Light

In-person educational sessions

Program-specific procedures and guidelines

Program handbooks, waivers, parental consent agreements and other documents

Certificates of Insurance with external entities

Connect with other University resources

New Programs:

Please register your program with our office.  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

395 Pine Tree Road, Suite 210, Ithaca, NY 14850