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Minors on Campus

Minors on Campus

Lake Forest College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for children, including minors who participate in camps, clinics, workshops, conferences, research, and activities sponsored by or affiliated with the College. This policy affirms that commitment by setting forth screening, training, and conduct requirements for faculty, academic or athletic appointees, staff, student employees, volunteers, independent contractors, and others who staff College programs that serve children. Read the Lake Forest College 'Minors on Campus' policy in detail here.

Under this policy, a “child” or “minor” is any individuals under the age of 18, who are not enrolled college students at Lake Forest College or elsewhere. Other Title IX policies apply to enrolled college students who are under the age of 18. This policy provides the framework that College-sponsored and Non-Lake Forest College programs are required to follow in order to host and facilitate successful and safe programs. It establishes standards, procedures for reporting suspected sexual abuse of minors, and obligations for the operation of Covered Programs, defined below, which also includes registration and background checks.

This policy also outlines the responsibility to report any suspected child abuse or neglect.

Key Definitions Regarding Minors on Campus Policy

  • Adult: An individual who is 18 years old or older, or an enrolled college student at Lake Forest College or elsewhere.

  • Care, custody, and control: The responsibility level when an adult, who is not the parent/guardian, is present and has supervisory responsibility for one or more minors as well as the knowledge of the general location (particularly when leaving the building) of each minor at any given point throughout a Covered Program.

  • Chaperone: An individual(s), such as a teacher during an academic program, who is not a Lake Forest College faculty or staff member, student, volunteer, or a parent/guardian, but is responsible for the care, custody, and control of one or more minors.

  • Covered Program: Any program or activity operated or conducted by the College, whether on or off-campus, including overnight or daytime stays, where the care, custody, and control of minors is the responsibility of College faculty, staff, students, or volunteers. Covered Programs include but are not limited to outreach and community service activities.

  • Non-Lake Forest College Program: Any program or activity that involves minors and uses Lake Forest College facilities but not operated under the authority or direction of the College. Non-Lake Forest College Programs are also Covered Programs (unless an exemption applies). 

  • Minor: Any individual under the age of 18 years old, who is not an enrolled college student at Lake Forest College or elsewhere.

  • Program Staff: College faculty, staff, students, student workers, volunteers, independent contractors who are responsible for, supervise or otherwise oversee the care, custody, and control of minors in Covered Programs.

  • Research Facility: Any facility used for conducting research and/or experiments. For the purposes of this policy, a research facility may include or be adjacent to hazardous operations, hazardous equipment and/or materials, machinery, or field research.

  • Sponsoring Unit: A Lake Forest College administrative or academic unit that either (1) offers a program involving minors or (2) approves the use of College facilities in connection with a Non-Lake Forest College Program.


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Learn more about training requirements and mandated reporting.


Registration Checklist

Here you will find important forms to register visiting minor(s).

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Volunteer and Background Check

Discover more about the screening process that allows individuals to work with minors at Covered Programs.

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Conduct and Expectations

Here guidelines for conduct are outlined as well as policy violations and compliance.