Procedures for Parents & Families - Minors on Campus
Loyola University takes seriously its commitment to promoting a safe and welcoming environment for minors participating in Loyola programs and activities and non-University programs that occur on its campus. The University’s Minors on Campus Policy seeks to protect program participants who are under 18 years of age and to provide guidance to University students, faculty, and staff.
Loyola University is taking a number of important steps to establish safeguards for your child:
- We are educating members of the University community and those who run programs on campus about the warning signs of abuse and neglect.
- We have established clear requirements for reporting known or suspected minor abuse or neglect.
- We have created “guidelines for working with minors” for those who are involved in programs involving minors.
- We are requiring training on sexual misconduct for students, faculty and staff who work with minors.
- We are requiring Loyola University faculty, staff, students, and volunteers who participate in programs or activities involving minors to clear criminal background checks.
In addition to the steps Loyola University has taken, there are important things you can do to protect your child:
- If your child expresses concern about behavior that may be abusive or neglectful, let Loyola University know promptly by contacting Loyola University's Police Department at (504) 865-3434.
- In case of an emergency, you should immediately call Loyola's University Police Department at (504) 865-3434 or the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services at 1-888-524-3578. If a minor is in immediate danger, please contact the New Orleans Police Department by dialing 911.
Talk to your children using age-appropriate language about the following:
- The difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching.
- The fact that children can say NO to any touch they don’t want and that they should trust and pay attention to their feelings and ask questions when they feel uncomfortable.
- The fact that children can and should speak up if they ever feel unsafe.