The University of Colorado Boulder offers many educational, cultural, service learning, volunteer, athletic, and other programs specifically for children. Protection of Children in university Programs for Children is everyone’s responsibility.

Policy Statement

In operating Programs for Children, the university’s primary responsibility is to protect the health and safety of participating Children. Program Operators shall design and operate Programs for Children in compliance with state and federal law as well as this policy and related procedures.

An employee who suspects that a Child participating in a Program for Children is being abused, mistreated, or neglected shall report such information to law enforcement immediately and shall also notify the supervisor of the program. University employees who are mandatory reporters under Colorado law (see C.R.S. § 19-3-301) shall report pursuant to the provisions in that law.

This policy applies to all university-operated and university-contracted Programs for Children and to all Unaffiliated Program Operators.


  • Child or Children: individual(s) under the age of 18.
  • Program for Children: a university program operated exclusively or primarily for children left in university care without parental or guardian supervision and that requires registration. The CU Children’s Center complies with state laws and regulations applicable to a child care center. These laws and regulations exceed the standards set forth in our policies and procedures.
  • Program Operator: a university unit that operates a Program for Children or that contracts with an Unaffiliated Program Operator to operate a Program for Children
  • Unaffiliated Program Operator: a third party who enters an agreement with the University to operate its own program for Children using University facilities.
  • University employee or affiliate: faculty, staff, student employees, volunteers, and contractors.

Related Policies


Campus Policies

Effective Date

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Approved By

Philip P. DiStefano, Chancellor

Policy Owner

Office of Integrity & Compliance