Handbook of Operating Procedures 3-1710

Youth Protection Program

Effective June 09, 2015
Executive Sponsor: Chief Compliance Officer
Policy Owner: Youth Protection Program Director


  1. Policy Statement

It is the policy of The University of Texas at Austin ("University") to provide oversight and training for camps and programs involving minors held on University premises or operated by the University which have recreational, athletic, religious, or educational activities for the campers. This includes all camps or programs covered by Texas Education Code, Chapter 51, Section 51.976, as well as any day camp, activity, or University Interscholastic League ("UIL") event sponsored by the University.


This policy does not apply to university course-based academic service learning or research approved by the Institutional Review Board ("IRB").

  1. Reason for Policy

To promote the safety of minors participating in camps or programs on University premises or participating  in those programs sponsored or supported by the University. This policy also supports compliance with federal and state law.

  1. Scope & Audience

This policy applies to University employees, affiliates, volunteers, contractors, and visitors who are designated individuals as defined by this policy. The policy applies to all campus programs for minors (programs) held on University property, as well as those programs sponsored by the University.

  1. Definitions (specific to this policy)


A minor (under age 18) who is attending a campus program for minors (program or programs) on University premises or attending a program sponsored by the University. This definition does not include University students who are under the age of 18.

Campus Program for Minors (Program or Programs):

Any program or camp held on University premises in-person or virtually that offers recreational, athletic, religious, or educational activities to minors, or one that is University sponsored. This excludes programs for University-enrolled students under the age of 18.

Camp Director:

The University college, school, units, or department employee who owns, operates, or supervises a campus program for minors (program or programs), regardless of profit.

Designated Individual(s):

Any person involved in a campus program for minors (program or programs), who has contact with a minor. This includes those programs held on campus or one which is sponsored by the University. Examples of designated individuals include but are not limited to faculty, staff, student workers, volunteers, and    contracted employees.

Event(s) or Contest(s):

UIL state office-sponsored programs that provide extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests for minors who are students at UIL member schools.


An individual under the age of 18. For purposes of this policy, this definition does not include University-enrolled students under the age of 18.

University Interscholastic League (UIL):

A unit of the University that provides educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests for students who attend UIL member schools.

Youth Protection Program Director:

The University employee responsible for the oversight of any camp or program involving minors held on University property or sponsored by the University.


  1. Website (for policy)


  1. Contacts




 Youth Protection Program Director

 Phone: 512-471-0594


Youth Protection Program


Email: ypp@utexas.edu

Associate Vice President and Title IX Coordinator


Phone: 512-232-7055


Title IX Webpage

Intercollegiate Athletics Manager of Intercollegiate Athletics Camps


Phone: 512-232-8447


University Interscholastic League (UIL)


Phone: 512-471-5883



  1. Responsibilities & Procedures
    1. Presence of Minors on Campus


The University reserves the right to condition, restrict, or deny access to University facilities by minors  at its discretion. All minors, including those participating in a campus program for minors (program or programs), will be subject to all University regulations while on campus, and may be asked to leave the campus if unable to comply.


  1. Authority


The president delegates authority to the youth protection program director for oversight of any camp or program involving minors held on University property or sponsored by the University.


  1. Requirements for University-Sponsored Programs Involving Minors (Excluding UIL)


Each University-sponsored program involving the participation of minors must comply with the following terms and conditions, as well as any other applicable requirements of federal, state, or local law or regulation.


  1. Program Eligibility. The University requires any program involving minors to be sponsored and controlled by a University college, school, unit, or department. Student organizations are not permitted to hold a program. Student organizations may participate in a program sponsored by a college, school, unit, or department.


  1. Program Registration. Each University academic and administrative unit sponsoring a program in which minors participate, whether located on or off campus, is required to register such program  with the youth protection program director or designee not later than thirty (30) days prior to the commencement date of the program. Any amendments or changes to the program registration   should be submitted as soon as is practicable after the need for amendment becomes known. To register a program utilize the YPP Online Registration System (https://youthprotectionprogram.utexas.edu/directors/registration/), and it will require:



  1. Communication Plan. In the event of an emergency, each program must follow the guidelines in the Youth Protection Program Guidebook and Camp Emergency Plan regarding notification of campers' parents/legal guardians.


The Camp director's responsibilities are to:



  1. Medical Emergency Plan. The camp director of each program must obtain from each camper's parent/legal guardian the following:



  1. Supervision Plan. Each program must establish a plan for adequate supervision in light of the number and average age of campers, the program activity, and whether overnight accommodations are involved.



Camper Age

Number of Staff

Overnight Campers

Day Only Campers

5 years and younger




6-8 years




9-14 years




15-18 years





The supervision plan for any overnight program must also



  1. Transportation Plan. Each program must establish a procedure for the pick-up and drop-off of campers, specifying times and locations, and assure that no camper will be released to any person other than his or her parent/legal guardian without specific written authorization.


The youth protection program director must review and approve in advance any program which provides for transportation of campers by designated individuals after drop-off by parent/legal guardian to the campus or other site.


A designated individual is not permitted, at any time, to be alone with a minor in a car or other vehicle.


  1. Requirements for Designated Individual(s)


Any University employee, student, parent/legal guardian, independent contractor, or other volunteer who will serve as a designated individual in any University-sponsored program, must first meet the following requirements.



  1. Background Check. Camp directors must ensure all designated individuals who will work with campers during the program undergo a criminal background check conducted each year of the program. The check must be conducted and successfully cleared prior to the start of the program.


To determine the appropriate type of background check, refer to Human Resources reference chart at: http://www.utexas.edu/hr/manager/hiring/background_check.html

The program will use the following sources in conducting a background check:



  1. Training. Designated individuals must complete the Sexual Abuse and Child Molestation Awareness training and examination. This training includes information and examination concerning warning signs of sexual abuse and child molestation.


Designated individuals must achieve a score of 70% or more correct on the examination. A designated individual will be allowed to repeat the course if necessary to achieve a passing score. Upon successful completion of the course, the designated individual will receive a certificate of completion, which they will provide to the camp director.


Designated individuals must complete the training and examination every two years. If the designated individual is a new employee or volunteer, they must complete the training before the program starts.


The University training module University of Texas Child Protection Training is provided by the University at no cost to the designated individual.


  1. Volunteer Assignment. Camp directors must assure that all volunteers complete a volunteer application form (available from Human Resources) and are assigned to an unpaid Affiliate Worker position in the Human Resources position management system prior to the start of the program.


  1. No Unsupervised Access. Any individual not considered a designated individual (e.g. parent/guardian) must not have unsupervised access to campers.


  1. Requirements for University Interscholastic League (UIL) Events


UIL events and contests are staffed by UIL staff, contract employees, school district employees, and volunteers in supporting roles such as judges, officials, coaches, sponsors, and teachers to support student participants.



  1. Prohibited Conduct


Designated individuals working in programs covered by this policy must not engage in any behavior   that could cause harm or be misinterpreted as possibly causing harm. Prohibited conduct for designated individuals includes, but is not limited to:



  1. Reporting Requirements


  1. Reporting Suspected Abuse or Neglect. Under Texas law, if you believe a child is being abused or neglected, you are required to report it to the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Reports may be made at any time to DFPS by phone at 1-800-252-5400 or online at Texas Abuse Hotline. The hotline and website are available 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week. The University's policy prohibits retaliation against good faith reporting of suspected abuse or neglect.

In addition to notifying DFPS and/or law enforcement, the University also requires designated individuals report any suspected abuse or neglect of minors on University property to the associate vice president and Title IX coordinator.


In an emergency, or if you see a crime in progress, always call 911 immediately.


  1. Requirements for Reporting Crimes. University officials known as "Campus Security Authorities" are required by the Jeanne Clery Act to report to The University of Texas Police Department any suspected sexual assault or other crime that occurs on campus, on property immediately adjacent to the University, or on non-campus property or buildings owned or controlled by the University.


  1. Forms & Tools

Youth Protection Program Online Registration System

Youth Protection Program Guidebook
Camp Emergency Plan

Communication Plan Template


  1. Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Related Information

Jeanne Clery Act


Texas Education Code, Chapter 51, Section 51.976


Texas Education Code, Chapter 22, Sections 22.0831 - 22.0837

Texas Education Code, Chapter 38, Section 38.0041

Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 265, Subchapter N, Rule 265.403


UT System Policy UTS124 - Criminal Background Checks


 HOP 5-1140 - Criminal Background Checks

 UIL Website


  1. History

Origination date: June 9, 2015
     Editorial revisions: October 28, 2020

Reviewed: April 9, 2024

     Next scheduled review date: April 2027