Children in the Workplace and On Campus Guidelines and Procedures

I. Purpose

The purpose of these guidelines and procedures is to protect the safety of young visitors and to avoid disruptive behavior on campus. Children accompanying employees, students, or visitors to Central Piedmont Community College must be under the constant supervision of a responsible adult while on College property, on the site of any approved off-campus location, or other sponsored event. Employees of the College have assigned duties, and cannot take supervisory responsibility for unattended children of employees, students, or visitors. Children should not be left unattended in or on any College facility or property at any time.

II. Guidelines

A. The College assumes no responsibility or liability for children, nor for any accidents or injuries to children. For the purposes of this policy, a child is defined as “any youth under the age of 14 who is not officially registered in a Central Piedmont class or participating in a supervised, sponsored College activity."

B. Students, faculty, and staff are expected to arrange for their personal childcare away from the work site. In emergency situations, if it is necessary for the employee to bring a child to the workplace during working hours, the employee’s supervisor must give approval. Sick children are not to be brought to campus. Supervisors are encouraged to accommodate employee requests as much as possible to take annual or sick leave to provide for or arrange child care.

C. Children accompanying employees, students, or visitors are not permitted in classes, labs, or other learning environments without the permission of the instructor or other appropriate College personnel. In no instance is a child allowed in either a skills trade or College maintenance work area during a period of instruction or equipment operation.

D. Persons receiving Central Piedmont services may be refused service if accompanied by a child who will be unattended during the time the patron is receiving services.College staff will not be expected to provide supervision of such children.

E. A violation of this policy may result in employee or student disciplinary action or removal from campus if a visitor.

III. Procedures

If an unattended child is observed on campus, the Central Piedmont employee observing the child should attempt to obtain the child’s name, then report the situation immediately to College Security Services. Security Services will attempt to locate the child’s parent, legal guardian, or caregiver to remedy the situation. If the parent, guardian, or caregiver cannot be found in a reasonable amount of time, Security Services may refer the situation to the Department of Social Services, Human Resources, or appropriate agency.

Related Policies

Policy 2.20 Children on Campus