Authorized Adult:  An individual age 18 or older, paid or unpaid, with university authorization and responsibility for direct supervision of minors, who has successfully cleared a criminal history check, completed required training, and reviewed the Standards of Behavior form.


Child Abuse: Under Oregon law, the following are considered abuse of a minor:

  • Any assault or physical injury caused by non-accidental means, including any injury which appears to be at variance with the explanation given for the injury;
  • Any mental injury, including observable and substantive impairment of the child’s mental or psychological ability to function caused by cruelty to the child;
  • Rape of a child, including sodomy, unlawful sexual penetration and incest;
  • Sexual abuse, as described in Oregon Revised Statute chapter 163;
  • Sexual exploitation, which includes contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor, or allowing, permitting, encouraging or hiring a child to engage in prostitution or to patronize a prostitute;
  • Negligent treatment or maltreatment, including failure to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter or medical care to a minor;
  • Threatened harm, which means subjecting a minor to a substantial risk of harm to their health or welfare;
  • Buying or selling of a person under 18;
  • Permitting a person younger than 18 years of age to enter or remain in or upon premises where methamphetamines are being manufactured;
  • Unlawful exposure to a controlled substance that subjects a child to a substantial risk of harm to the child’s health or safety.


Criminal History Check: The review of any and all criminal records containing any information collected and stored in a state or county repository or the criminal records repository of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Direct Supervision: The monitoring of minors, as well as their activities and interactions, by sight and sound.


Mandatory Reporter: An individual required by law to report suspected child abuse. Under Oregon law, all university employees are considered mandatory reporters and must report incidents of child abuse at all times, not just incidents that may occur during working hours or on university property.

Minor: Any individual under the age of 18.


Person-in-Charge: A university employee who is responsible and accountable for compliance and overall administration of a youth program, including programs operated by non-university entities. The person-in-charge is designated by the sponsoring unit administrator.


Sponsoring Unit:  The university department, college, administrative unit, professional school, Extension Service, research facility, or branch campus that offers a youth program or gives approval for the use of university property, resources or brand for a youth program, and is responsible and accountable for youth safety compliance. The sponsoring unit is represented by a Dean, Director, Department Head, or designee who has departmental or unit oversight and with authority to approve/deny programs.


Supervised Adults: Individuals over age 18 who serve in a program with minors who are under the direct supervision of an authorized adult. Supervised adults do not have unsupervised contact with a minor, meaning an authorized adult is physically present at all times.


Support Personnel: Individuals who support operations or administrative functions, but who have no direct access to minors in the context of a youth program.


University-Hosted Youth Program: Any event or activity that meets the following criteria: (1) Involves minors who are unaccompanied by their parent or guardian; (2) Is operated by a third-party contractor, consultant, vendor, student-run organization or other non-university entity or individual, including a member of the university community who is operating independently and not on behalf of the university; and (3) Takes place on university-owned or controlled property.


University-Operated Youth Program:  Any event or activity that meets the following criteria: (1) Involves minors who are unaccompanied by their parent or guardian; (2) Is offered by a university representative or unit; and (3) Takes place either on or off university property.


University Representatives: Employees and volunteers who interact with minors in their capacity as a representative of the university.


Volunteer:  An individual appointed to perform official university duties without compensation or remuneration.  The volunteer performs activities at the request of, for the benefit of, and under the supervision of, the university. This includes OSU employees and students serving in a volunteer capacity in a youth program.


Youth Program Personnel: Anyone who will have direct access to minors in the context of a youth program, including authorized adults and supervised adults. This definition does not include support personnel who do not directly interact with minors.