What does my program have to do to be in compliance?
- Everyone, whether associated with a program or not, has the duty to report suspected abuse or neglect of a minor to the Indiana Department of Child Services (1-800-800-5556), local law enforcement (911), and to the Indiana University Police Department.
- Anyone associated with the program who works with children must have a background check at least every five years (including staff, temporary/hourly employees, students, academic, faculty and volunteers).
- Someone from your department must complete the online registration form to provide information about the program. This must be done at least 14 days prior to the start of a new program. The form can be found by searching "Programs Involving Children" in One.iu.edu. It is important that program information be re-entered or updated annually in the event aspects of the program change.
- Your program must have specific rules and procedures covering the areas listed in the Programs Involving Children policy (see items 4 and 5 in the policy).
Who is responsible for making sure programs are compliant with the policy?
- Academic and administrative supervisors, such as deans, directors and vice presidents, are responsible for ensuring that the programs in their areas are in compliance with the policy. Public Safety and Institutional Assurance at IU will work with Internal Audit to review compliance with the policy.
What age is considered a child for this policy?
- A child, or minor, is anyone under 18.
What about IU students who are under 18 and taking IU classes?
- Although those students are minors, this policy is concerned with programs designed to include children through high school, not with regular IU classes or activities for enrolled students.
- However, the duty to report suspected abuse or neglect is applicable for every person under 18, including IU students.
I suspect a child is being abused or neglect, can I just tell my supervisor?
- No. State law requires that you inform either the Indiana Department of Child Services (1-800-800-5556) or local law enforcement (911), which includes the IU Police Department.
- At Indiana University, you must also inform the University Superintendent of Public Safety, who is the designated agent under state law.
Is the Volunteer Application Form mandatory?
- No. The Volunteer Application Form is optional and has been provided for your convenience. If you choose to use this form, please keep in mind that the form will contain private information. You must ensure this information remains confidential and is only viewed by necessary members of the program. The Volunteer Application Form does not replace the background check consent form, the background check, program registration, or any other requirement under the PIC policy.
We have a minor employed/volunteering for our department/unit, not involved in a program involving children, what precautions should be taken to comply with the PIC policy?
- While it is not necessary to background check every individual who may have incidental contact with the minor, primary supervisors/mentors of the minor and any individual that will have close contact with the minor must undergo a background check.
Who do I contact if I have questions or concerns about the policy?
- The best contact for specific policy questions is firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact the University Superintendent of Public Safety, any of the contacts listed in the policy, or send feedback through our policy site: Policy Feedback.
How do I register my program?
- Registration is now through One.iu.edu, you can search "Programs Involving Children" or follow this link: PIC Program Registration.
Who can register a program?
- Anyone with access to One can register a program. Events should have the names of supervisors and/or the head of the program listed. Student-led programs can be registered by a student but an IU faculty or staff member should be listed as a point of contact. For external programs, at least one IU personnel should be listed as a point of contact.
If an external organization is conducting a program involving children, who is responsible for registering the program in the "Records of Programs Involving Children" in One?
- The IU department/unit working with the external organization is responsible for entering all the necessary information and registering the program/event.
As a student organization, how do we register our program involving children and through whom do we process our background checks?
- All students have access to the “Record of Programs Involving Children” registry in One, and you can locate the registry by searching "Programs Involving Children" in One.
- Please see the background checks page to learn more about the background check process and the designated IU vendors: Background Checks. If you have questions regarding which vendor to use please email IU Public Safety at email@example.com.
What is an “event open to the general public that is not targeted toward children”?
- These are events that are not specifically intended for children/minors and are open to attendance by individuals of any age from the general public. Examples of such events include single performances, varsity athletic competitions, plays, concerts, and community-wide volunteer events, races, and competitions. The important thing to remember is that it is not always the content of the event that matters, for instance a children’s play in the IU Auditorium that is open to the general public would not automatically be considered a program involving children.
- However, it is possible for certain aspects of events to be directed toward children even though the event as a whole is not. An example is a large IU tailgating event that includes a face painting station for children. In this case the face painting station would need to comply with the PIC policy, but the tailgating event as a whole would not.
What about tours or recruiting efforts, how should they be conducted to comply with the PIC policy?
- The same rules for programs apply to tours and recruiting efforts. If a tour is targeted toward children or the recruitment is for high school students and/or incoming IU students, any individual working with minors must have a background check prior to the activity.
Are clinical activities, research, and service learning included under the definition of a “program involving children”?
- Yes. All three of these activities are included in the policy and must comply with the policy requirements if the activity is directed toward or involves children. For more specific information regarding types of programs please see: Types of PIC Programs.
How do we comply with the PIC policy when a third party (external) organization is using university facilities?
- A written agreement must be entered into with the third party (external) organization. Most campuses have a standard Facility Use Agreement template that should be used and a designated campus official identified to sign those agreements. If your IU organization is not already using a Facility Use Agreement or you have questions regarding the Facility Use Agreement including who may sign, you must contact the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel.
- The Facility Use Agreement or any other agreement should include the following language: “Licensee acknowledges that the University has adopted a policy entitled Programs Involving Children (“Policy”) (copy must be attached) and that compliance with this Policy is an express condition of this Agreement. By executing this Agreement, Licensee is confirming that it has read and understands the Policy and that it accepts compliance with the Policy as an express condition of this Agreement. Additional resources and information concerning this Policy may be found at PIC Policy”.
How does my department ensure that an external organization is complying with the policy?
- Any leases or agreements to use IU facilities must include a clause requiring compliance with this policy. Please see above for information on Facility Use Agreements.
- For external organizations already operating under a current lease, the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel (VPGC) has suggested language about providing the policy and having the organization sign off on compliance. Please contact the Office of the VPGC whenever a facility use agreement is required.
- It is not expected that your department/unit will “police” or control the external organization to ensure compliance, the organization has signed a written agreement promising to do so, however if you become aware of a clear policy violation you should contact IU Public Safety immediately.
We are involved in a joint program with an external organization, how should we comply with the PIC policy?
- If the program or event is happening on IU property, full compliance with the policy is required. This can be achieved by the IU component of the program ensuring complete compliance for its personnel and the external organization formally, in writing, agreeing to comply with the policy.
- If the program or event will take place off of IU property, then the IU component should determine what policies the external organization has in place and follow those guidelines. If there is no policy in place, the IU component should ensure that its personnel have complied with the PIC policy in full.
- Please contact IU Public Safety, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for assistance in reviewing responsibilities in a joint program.
If an external organization is conducting a program involving children, who is responsible for registering the program in the “Record of Programs Involving Children” in One?
- The IU department/unit working with the outside organization is responsible for entering all the necessary information and registering the program/event.
Do students need to have a background check if they are volunteering at a program/event hosted by an external organization?
- Indiana University’s policy states, “The IU unit shall ascertain whether the external entity has its own policy, and if so, the parties shall work cooperatively to decide which policy should apply to the particular event.”
- For events/programs that are not hosted by IU, the preference of the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel is to have the external organization’s policies on working with children apply if they have them.
- If the external organization does not have any policies regarding background checks, then the IU unit can follow IU background check procedures or inform the external organization that IU is not responsible for any background checks or verification of students participating in that program. That decision should be based on the particular program and situation (i.e. how many students, how many times are they participating, on what basis -- a class/credit requirement, what is the nature of the event, what is the expectation of the unit and the organization, etc.). Most importantly, there should be documentation of the discussion that could be referenced in the future. If the organization is taking the students because they are from IU, the organization should be aware of the background check status of the IU students.