Sample Behavioral Expectations for Staff and Participants

  1. Program Staff shall respond to children with respect and consideration.
  2. Program Staff shall not discriminate against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran.
  3. Program Staff shall not engage in one-on-one interactions with participants unless medically necessary.
  4. Program Staff shall respect children’s rights not to be touched in ways that make them feel uncomfortable.  Staff shall respect a child’s right to say “no.”
  5. Program Staff shall refrain from intimate displays of affection towards others in the presence of children and parents.
  6. Using, possessing, or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs during the Program is prohibited.
  7. Profanity, inappropriate jokes, sharing intimate details of one’s personal life, and any kind of harassment is prohibited.
  8. Program Staff shall portray positive role modeling for youth by maintaining an attitude of respect, loyalty, patience, courtesy, tact, and maturity.
  9. Program Staff must not date any child (camper, staff, or volunteer) who participates in this program – before, during, or after the program.
  10. Verbal abuse, in the form of harsh or insulting language may result in humiliation and have a negative psychological impact on a child.  It is to be avoided.  Deliberately ignoring or ostracizing a participant, while not abusive in the traditional sense, also must be avoided.
  11. Program Staff may be guilty of child abuse or improper/unwise conduct by:
    • Pulling or twisting hair, ears, etc;
    • Grabbing, shoving, poking, or pinching participants or volunteers;
    • Holding, caressing, stroking, or tickling participants or volunteers;
    • Sitting with a child on lap;
    • Allowing a child to lie on any part of the body;
    • Touching, patting, or placing hands anywhere except shoulder or back;
    • Kissing;
    • Carrying a child, except in case of injury or trauma;
    • Allowing children to cling physically or become attached emotionally.
  12. Program Staff must always consider the possible consequences of their actions.
  13. Program Staff staff must be aware of their peers’ behavior toward participants and participant behavior toward them.  When staff observe improper conduct, they should remind their peers about the participants’ welfare and report to the Program Director.
  14. When in bathrooms or locker rooms, Program Staff must be the same gender as the participants. Program Staff showering or bathing with participants is strictly prohibited under all circumstances. Program Staff will not be in the shower or bath areas with any child except during extreme medical emergencies.
  1. Follow the safety rules of program;
  2. Cooperate with other participants and staff;
  3. Respect the rights and property of others;
  4. Listen and follow instructions;
  5. Participate in all activities.