6500 Children on Campus
Original Date: 6/25/1996 * Last Revision Effective: 10/15/2015
Policy Contact: Vice President, Administrative Services
As an institution of higher education, the college provides educational and support services primarily to adult learners. Under certain circumstances and under the auspices of special programs, students under the age of eighteen (18) also attend classes and/or participate in programs or activities on campus.
The college is a public facility of the state of Washington, available to its students as well as to the general public who may wish to use its facilities, learn about its services and programs, or attend functions on the campus. Citizens have the right to use the facilities of the college and to visit the campus during normal business hours of operation.
The college recognizes that children often appropriately accompany adults during visits to campus. Children, however, need at all times to be under the supervision of a responsible adult. It is inappropriate for a parent to ask members of the college community—administrators, faculty, staff, or students—to assume these responsibilities, unless he or she is leaving the child in a college program sanctioned for children as defined in these procedures.
Children without supervision or with supervision imposed upon college employees or students may disrupt the educational process or work setting, and possibly create a safety hazard for the children themselves or for others on the college campus.
By this policy the college seeks to create a safer environment on campus, which is conducive to and supports the effective conduct of the educational process.
For purposes of these procedures and pursuant to RCW 13.34.030–the Juvenile Court Act, RCW 74.13.020–Child Welfare Services, and RCW 26.28.010–Age of Majority, a child is any individual under the age of 18.
Relevant Laws and Other Resources
Revisions 5/10/2005; 5/21/2009; 12/20/2011; 10/15/2015
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