Our Responsibility in the Protection of Minors

April 13, 2017

Baylor University is committed to ensure a safe and secure environment for minors who visit our campus as well as faculty, staff and students who have contact with a youth off--campus through a Baylor organization. As an institution, Baylor University has a moral and legal responsibility to youth visiting our campus or participating in an off-campus programs. The National Children Alliance reports nearly 700,000 children are abused in the United States annually, with sexual abuse affecting an estimated one in four girls and one in six boys by the time they reach the age of 18.

Youth may interact with Baylor University as campers, research subjects, or visitors. They may be on campus briefly or for an overnight stay. Youth may or may not be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Not all interactions occur on campus, as students and staff may work with minors virtually anywhere.

As a university with a preventive mindset regarding child abuse, we must know that everyone has a responsibility for protecting the youth we serve. We must continue to cultivate a culture of awareness and educational opportunities to prioritize safety at all levels of the institution.

Child abuse prevention requires a sustained, ongoing commitment to protecting those in our care. Baylor University encourages programs serving minors to take the next step to enhance safety measures currently in place. Engage with your program leadership, employ resources available to train and support you and collaborate with your community partners to ensure safety. Educating our consumers demonstrates transparency and the university’s commitment to providing a safe environment.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the safety of our youth programs and the entire Baylor community.

To learn more about your responsibility, visit: Protection of Minors