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Training and Examination Working With Minors

HROG Section:
Employment
Document Title:
Training and Examination Program for Employees of Campus Programs for Minors on Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse and Child Molestation
Initial Date Posted:
May 14, 2012
Board Approval:
Applies To:
All employees and volunteers who have contact with minors (children under 18 years of age) who are involved in camp programs at any of our college locations.
Source:
District Human Resources
Related TASB Policy:
Last Date Revised:

Purpose

Effective June 1, 2012 The Texas Department of Health, which licenses all public camps, is requiring that any adult employee or volunteer that has contact with children at camp be screened for criminal and sex offender records and pass a certified training course to reduce the risk of child abuse and molestation. The purpose of this guideline is to establish requirements relating to sexual abuse and child molestation training and examination for employees for certain programs for minors operated by or held on the campus of an institution of higher education or a private or independent institution of higher education, and to provide penalties.

All district employees that are involved with summer camps and volunteers are required to participate in a one hour up to one and a half hour Dallas County Community College District-sponsored Training and Examination Program For Employees of Campus Programs For Minors on Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse and Child Molestation. This is an on-line training through Texas Department of State Health Services approved vendor.

Background

Under authority of subchapter Z, 51.976 of Chapter 51 of the Texas Education Code, Training and Examination Program For Employees of Campus Programs For Minors on Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse and Child Molestation.

Definitions

In this regulation the following words and terms shall have the following meaning:

  1. Camper – A minor, under the age of 18 years, who is attending a campus program for minors.

  2. Campus  program for minors – A program that:

    1. Is operated by or on the campus of an institution of higher education or a private or independent institution of higher education;
    2. Offers recreational, athletic, religious, or educational activities for at least 20 campers*:
             
      1. Are not enrolled at the institution
      2. Attend or temporarily reside at the camp for all or part of at least four days;

    3. Is not a day camp or youth camp as defined by Texas Health and Safety Code, 141.002, or a facility or program required to be licensed by the Department of Family and Protective Services.

  3.  Employee – A person of any age who receives pay, a stipend, reimbursement of tuition, services, credit including credit for books or tuition, course credit, or any other thing of value in exchange for work or service at a campus program for minors.

  4. Training and examination program on sexual abuse and child molestation – A program approved by the department under 265.404 of this title (relating to Training and Examination Program on Sexual Abuse and Child Molestation

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