Protection of Minors

The College of Charleston is dedicated to the welfare and safety of youth who visit the College’s campus, who participate in the College’s programs, or who are entrusted to the College’s care. As such, the College of Charleston will not tolerate the abuse of minors in any form.

To ensure the protection of minors (i.e., non-CofC students under the age of 18), the College has established measures to screen individuals and monitor compliance with relevant campus policies and standards. The procedures referenced on this page apply to: 

  • Internal programs - Any College of Charleston unit operating a camp, program, or activity involving minors, regardless of frequency, location, or mode (i.e., in-person, virtual, hybrid). Exceptions: care provided by the N.E. Miles Early Childhood Development Center is governed by state and accrediting agencies and youth programs operated by College of Charleston Athletics follow a separate set of guidelines.Other exceptions may be determined by College senior leadership. 
  • External programs - Any non-College of Charleston organization or entity operating a camp, program, or activity involving minors on the College of Charleston campus or in any College facility

The protection of minors process is managed through a collaboration involving the Center for Partnerships to Improve Education and the Office of Legal Affairs.

For more information, contact:

Courtney A. Howard, Ph.D., howardca1@cofc.edu or Office of Legal Affairs, mulhollandab@cofc.edu

Requirements

**The appropriate Dean or Executive Vice President must pre-approve any proposed youth program**

Annual Registration Request - Each youth program operating on behalf of the College or on the College’s campus must submit a Youth Program Registration Request Form each year of operation. Submission is the responsibility of the youth program director. The registration request prompts additional steps that must be completed prior to the start of the program; therefore, it is recommended that the registration request be submitted at least 45 business days in advance to allow time for the remaining steps. Only registered youth programs are authorized to operate and a program is not registered until all of the following are met: (a) submission of registration request form, (b) documentation of program requirements, and (c) receipt of confirmation email that program registration is complete. 

Registrations are valid from August 15-August 14. Submit a Youth Program Registration Request Form here.

Youth Program Director Verification Form – Upon receipt and review of the Youth Program Registration Request Form, the youth program director will receive an email (with copy to College Sponsor) detailing the documentation needed to verify that all applicable requirements have been met. The email will include a link to the Youth Program Director Verification Form. By submitting that form, the youth program director will confirm completion of these requirements prior to the start of the youth program. Requirements may include:

For staff/volunteers

  • Statement of Acknowledgement for Working with Minors
  • Child sexual abuse prevention training (Note: one-time requirement)
  • Criminal history background check and review (Note: checks older than 36 months are not acceptable)
  • Sexual offender registry search

For legal guardians

  • Liability release waivers
  • Health insurance for participating youth

For program directors

  • Facility use agreement
  • Accident and liability insurance
  • Coordination with CofC Public Safety for safety and traffic control
  • Other requirements as determined

College Sponsor - Each youth program is expected to have a College Sponsor. Every College Sponsor must be pre-authorized by the appropriate Dean or Executive Vice President. College Sponsors are responsible for ensuring the youth program director remains in compliance with College requirements and best practices. For external programs, College Sponsors serve as liaisons and the primary point of contact between the program and the College. College Sponsors must also retain specified program documents for liability purposes. 

For internal programs, the College Sponsor is the College of Charleston department or unit operating or hosting the program.

For external programs, the College Sponsor is the employeedepartment, or unit serving as the liaison between the program and the College. 

For the purposes of protection of minors, a College Sponsor is not assumed to have a financial commitment to the program. 

COVID-19 Precautions - in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, all youth programs are responsible for maintaining all relevant precautionary and reporting protocols established by the College. In addition to adhering to the College's Back on the Bricks plan, youth programs are encouraged to follow recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Youth Program Directors must include their COVID-19 plans on the Youth Program Director Verification Form.

Resources

Relevant College of Charleston policies: Protection of Minors and Prohibition of Discrimination and Harassment including Sexual Harassment and Abuse. For full list of College policies, click here.

Visit the American Camp Association's online COVID-19 Resource Center to access a number of Virtual Program Resources, including safety, pros & cons, accessibility considerations, and more.