What is a Youth Program?

The Protection of Minors policy applies to all youth programs.  Here is helpful information to assess what is and whait is not a youth program under the policy:

Youth programs are...

  • All events, operations, endeavors, or activities designed for participation by minors and organized by the University of Oregon in which university employees or volunteers are responsible for the care, custody, or control of minors.
  • A minor is any peroson under the age of 18.
  • Typical youth programs include, but are not limited to, instructional programs, day camps, overnight camps, and sports camps.

Youth programs are NOT...

  • Undergraduate or graduate academic programs, classes, or activities in which all individuals under the age of 18 are enrolled students or students admitted for enrollment.
  • Events open to the public that minors may attend, but where the university is not accepting care, custody, or control for the minor(s), as those terms are defined in the implementing procedures.
  • Non-Youth programs where minors are working for the university as employees, volunteers, or interns. University employees and volunteers will be required to comply with the conduct requirements when working with minors.
  • University employees or volunteers who may have incidental contact with minors but do not work directly with minors in a youth program. All university employees will be required to comply with mandatory reporting requirements under this policy and any implementing procedures and under the law.
  • Campus tours, orientations or visits by minors considered to be prospective students.
  • Activities and programs subject to regulations that already provide for the protection of minors or participants. For example, licensed childcare facilities and institutional review board approved research.
  • Other programs as may be designated from time to time by the appropriate university official in advance and in writing as exempted from this policy.