Cornell University is committed to the protection of youth participating in University-sponsored programs and camps.
The Office of Risk Management and Insurance provides guidance to the University community regarding youth programs and camps. Please let us know about your program in either of the following ways:
- Email our office at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Complete an Event Registration Form: Event Registration Form (Formerly “UUP”)
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 Minors 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
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.
- Obtain a permit from the State Health Commissioner.
- Use the standardized forms developed regarding parental consent, medical issues, injury reports, etc., to insure compliance.
- Complete the Risk Management checklist available from our office: Checklist
- 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