SUNY Child Protection Policy

Effective May 15, 2015, the new SUNY system-wide Child Protection Policy sets protocols and mandates for SUNY Oneonta to follow when children are in our custody, control, or under our supervision.

In order to comply with the SUNY Child Protection Policy, employees of SUNY Oneonta, employees of college-affiliated organizations, students, volunteers and permittees must complete all required training if working directly with children in a “Covered Activity.” A “Covered Activity” is defined as a program or activity sponsored or approved by the college or a college-affiliated organization occurring on or off campus, for the duration of which the responsibility for custody, control and supervision of children is vested in the University, University-affiliated organization. Vendors, licensees and permittees are required to follow the policy through the completion of the revocable permit process. This policy is not applicable to college on-campus child care centers.

If you will have custody, control or supervision of children participating in the “Covered Activity” then you are considered a “Covered Person.” “Covered Persons” are required to complete the necessary training before working with children. Examples of a “Covered Person” would be: a counselor at a summer sports camp, a student working with children as part of their class, and an athlete working a clinic with children, etc.

A “child” is considered under the age of 17 years old for this policy.

If you plan to oversee a “Covered Activity” on or off campus, please contact Graig Eichler, Child Protection Compliance Officer, for guidance in meeting all requirements for the Child Protection policy and the Mandatory Reporting and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse Policy.

Below are key links in helping better understand the regulations set forth by SUNY:

Child Protection Policy

Mandatory Reporting and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse Policy

Explanation of the policy and its applicability in various circumstances

Key links and forms