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The Administrative Policies

TAP NO. 50 - Protection of Minors

Duquesne University places the highest emphasis on the safety and wellbeing of its students, faculty and staff. The University places the same emphasis on the safety and wellbeing of its campus visitors and particularly those visitors who are minors. Minors may visit the campus for various reasons as matriculated students or prospective students, as interns, as clinic patients or as part of an athletic camp or program. The protection of minors, especially from physical or sexual abuse, is a core value of Duquesne University, and every member of the campus community has an obligation to comply with the provisions of this policy.

DUTY TO REPORT

Every member of the University community has the obligation to report suspected instances of the abuse of minors, as soon as possible.  This includes instances of suspected abuse committed on or off campus by members of our campus community or suspected abuse on campus by any visitors.  A valid report means conveying all relevant information regarding the suspected abuse to the University General Counsel, the Director of Public Safety,  the Director of Human Resources, or the Director, Anti-discrimination Policy and Compliance. These officials, in turn, have the obligation to insure that an appropriate investigation is initiated.  Failure by any member of the University community to report information related to suspected child abuse, as soon as possible, to the above named officials will result in discipline up to and including termination for employees and dismissal for students. Failure of these officials to initiate a timely and appropriate investigation will result in discipline up to and including termination.

CONSEQUENCES OF ABUSE

Any University employee who is convicted of the abuse of a minor will be terminated, whether the abuse occurred on or off campus. Any employee against whom a credible accusation of child abuse has been made as determined by a preponderance of the evidence, on or off campus, is subject to University discipline up to and including termination. Any student of the University who is convicted of abuse, on or off campus, will be dismissed from the University. Any student of the University against whom a credible accusation has been made as determined by a preponderance of the evidence, on or off campus, is subject to discipline up to and including dismissal.

UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS WITH MINORS

All University programs, activities or events which involve minors are subject to the requirements established by the Office of Anti-discrimination, Policy and Compliance, incorporated as an addendum to this policy.  See attached.

CONTACT INFORMATION

  1. Director of Public Safety: 412-396-6002

  2. University General Counsel: 412-396-5181

  3. Director of Human Resources: 412-396-5103

  4. Director, Anti-discrimination Policy and Compliance: 412-396-2560

RELATED UNIVERSITY POLICIES

  • University Policy on Gender Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Prevention (TAP #31)
  • College & University Security Information Act (TAP #36)


    REV. 9/2014

See attached Addendum

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