Study guide for “Protecting Minors” video series

Children at USC, Boundaries and Mandated Reporting

To all HR directors and deans of faculty affairs:

While we often think of the university as a place for adults, there are multiple and appropriate reasons why children might be on our campuses—to attend events, for educational programs aimed at high school and middle school students, for child care, for a summer camp, or myriad other reasons.

The university has worked with Pattie Fitzgerald, a nationally-recognized expert on child safety, to develop several short videos on protecting minors on our campus. We hope these will be helpful to all of our faculty and staff, whether or not they work directly with minors, as the issues raised could directly affect any one of us.

These short videos highlight the common characteristics of child predators, and discuss the red flags and warning signs of possible sexual assault. These videos also provide viewers with guidelines for their own conduct when working with or around minors, and explain how some seemingly innocent behaviors might lead others to believe that there is reason to be concerned.

For those of you who work with faculty, all faculty should be strongly encouraged to watch these short videos. Whether working in a lab, in a classroom, or in an administrative role, faculty have a unique vantage point and are often the first resource a student may seek for help.

For those of you who work with staff, all staff are required to watch these videos. Those members of your staff who work directly with minors will already have completed more intensive training; for them, these short videos will provide a solid reminder of the important lessons from the longer training sessions.

For everyone else, these videos will provide critical information. Some staff may not realize the important role they play in helping us to protect minors on our campus. For instance, for those employees who work in maintenance, facilities, or janitorial positions, they might see signs of suspicious behavior as they work around the campus. Theirs may be the “first eyes” to notice signs of criminal activity.

Questions? Contact the Office of Equity and Diversity at oed@usc.edu.