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Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility Policy

Title: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility Policy
Policy Owner: Information Technology Services
Applies to: Faculty, Staff, Students
Campus Applicability: Storrs and Regional Campuses
Effective Date: July 24, 2019
For More Information, Contact Information Technology Services-IT Accessibility Coordinator
Contact Information: itaccessibility@uconn.edu; (860) 486-9193
Official Website: accessibility.its.uconn.edu

Background and Reason for the Policy: The University of Connecticut is committed to accessibility of its digital information, communication, content, and technology for people with disabilities, in accordance with federal and state laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the State of Connecticut’s Universal Website Accessibility Policy for State Websites.

Policy Purpose: The purpose of this policy is to set expectations that digital information, communication, content, and technology be designed, developed, and procured to be accessible to people with disabilities.

Policy Applicability: This policy extends to the procurement, development, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of the University’s information and communication technologies at Storrs and Regional Campuses.

Policy Statement: The University of Connecticut is committed to achieving equal opportunity to its educational and administrative services, programs, and activities in accordance with federal and state law.  Providing an accessible information, communication, content, and technology experience for people with disabilities is the responsibility of all University administrators, faculty, staff, students and those who maintain externally facing University websites.

Procedures: See Procedures (https://accessibility.its.uconn.edu/ict-policy-procedures/).  Any issues or questions should be addressed to ITAccessibility@uconn.edu.

Exceptions: Requests for exceptions to this policy must be submitted to the IT Accessibility Coordinator. Individuals requesting an exception must provide a plan that would provide equally effective alternative access, unless such an alternative is not possible due to technological constraints or if the intended purpose of the technology (e.g., virtual reality goggles) at issue does not allow for an alternative

Policy History:

Adopted 07/24/2019 [Approved by the President’s Cabinet]

Religious Accommodation Policy

Title: Religious Accommodation Policy
Policy Owner: Office of Institutional Equity
Applies to: Faculty, Staff, Graduate Assistants, Students
Campus Applicability: All Campuses
Effective Date: August 1, 2018
For More Information, Contact Office of Institutional Equity
Contact Information: Storrs/Regionals: Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) (860) 486-2943 or equity@uconn.edu

UConn Health: Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) (860) 679-3563 or equity@uconn.edu

Official Website: http://www.equity.uconn.edu

A printer friendly copy of this policy is available at: https://policy.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/243/2018/09/2018-08-01-Religious-Accommodation-Policy-Printable-Copy.pdf

Reason for Policy

The purpose of this policy is to set forth the University’s processes for responding to requests from students and employees for religious accommodations.  This policy is in accordance with relevant laws and regulations regarding religious beliefs.

Applies to

All faculty, staff and students on all Campuses.

Definitions

Essential Function: A fundamental job duty of an employment position for staff and faculty, or a fundamental academic element of a course or program of study for a student.

Religious Accommodation: A reasonable change in the work or academic environment that enables a student or employee to practice or otherwise observe a sincerely held religious practice or belief without undue hardship on the University. A religious accommodation may include, but is not limited to: time for prayer during a work day; the ability to attend religious events or observe a religious holiday; or any necessary modification to University policy, procedure or other requirement for a student’s or employee’s (or prospective employee’s) religious beliefs, observance or practice; provided such accommodation is reasonable and does not cause undue hardship.

Religious Practice or Belief: A sincerely held practice or observance that includes moral or ethical beliefs as to what is right and wrong, most commonly in the context of the cause, nature and purpose of the universe. Religion includes not only traditional, organized religions, but also religious beliefs that are new, uncommon, not part of a formal religious institution or sect, or only subscribed to by a small number of people. Social, political, or economic philosophies, as well as mere personal preferences, are not considered to be religious beliefs.

Undue Hardship: More than a minimal burden on the operation of the University. For example, an accommodation may be considered an undue hardship if it would interfere with the safe or efficient operation of the workplace or learning environment and/or would result in the inability of the employee or student to perform an essential function of the position or course of study. The University will not be required to violate a seniority system; cause a lack of necessary staffing; jeopardize security or health; or expend more than a minimal amount. The determination of undue hardship is dependent on the facts of each individual situation, and will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Policy Statement

The University of Connecticut is committed to providing welcoming and inclusive learning and workplace environments. As part of this commitment, the University will make good faith efforts to provide reasonable religious accommodations to faculty, staff and students whose sincerely held religious practices or beliefs conflict with a University policy, procedure, or other academic or employment requirement, unless such an accommodation would create an undue hardship.

Consistent with state law, any student who is unable to attend classes on a particular day or days or at a particular time of day because of the tenets of a sincerely held religious practice or belief may be excused from any academic activities on such particular day or days or at such particular time of day.[1] Additionally, it shall be the responsibility of course instructors to make available to each student who is absent from academic activities because of a sincerely held religious practice or belief an equivalent opportunity to make up any examination, study or work requirements which has been missed because of such absence.

In keeping with the University’s commitment to building and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive work environment, the University will consider religious accommodations requests by employees, including faculty and staff, based on the totality of the circumstances.

The University of Connecticut prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of religion. For more information, refer to the University Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment and Related Interpersonal Violence.

Enforcement

Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the University of Connecticut Student Code.

Policy History

Revised 01/24/2019

Adopted 08/01/2018 [Approved by the Board of Trustees]

 

Procedures for Students

The University grants students excused absences from class or other organized academic activities for observance of a sincerely held religious practice or belief as a religious accommodation, unless the accommodation would create an undue hardship.

Students whose religious holidays are not recognized by the University’s calendar should provide the instructor or academic activity organizer with the dates they will be absent in advance of the absence.

Students requesting a religious accommodation should make the request directly to their instructor with as much notice as possible. Students anticipating an absence or missed coursework due to a sincerely held religious practice or belief should use best efforts to inform their instructor in writing no later than the third week of class, or one week before the absence if a conflict occurs during the first three weeks of class. Being absent from class or other educational responsibilities does not excuse students from keeping up with any information shared or expectations set during the missed class(es). Students are responsible for obtaining the materials and information provided during any class(es) missed. The student can work with the instructor to determine a schedule for making up missed work.

Procedures for Faculty / Course Instructors in Responding to Student Requests

Course instructors are strongly encouraged to make reasonable accommodations in response to student requests to complete work missed by absence resulting from observation of religious holidays.  Such accommodations should be made in ways that do not dilute or preclude the requirements or learning outcomes for the course.

Course instructors should bear in mind that religion is a deeply personal and private matter and should make every attempt to respect the privacy of the student when making accommodations (for example, it is not appropriate to announce to the class that a student is doing a presentation or making up an exam at a later date because of their religious observance). Course instructors should not ask a student for proof that their religious practices or beliefs are sincerely held or for determining a religious accommodation.

Examples of religious accommodations include: rescheduling of an exam or giving a make-up exam for the student in question; altering the time of a student’s presentation; allowing extra-credit assignments to substitute for missed class work or arranging for an increased flexibility in assignment due dates; and releasing a graduate assistant from teaching or research responsibilities on a given day.

The student should be given the opportunity to complete appropriate make-up work that is equivalent and intrinsically no more difficult than the original exam or assignment. Students who receive an exemption on religious grounds cannot be penalized for failing to attend class on the days exempted. The instructor may, however, appropriately respond if the student fails to satisfactorily complete any alternative assignment or examination.

If there are concerns about the requested accommodation, the instructor should consult their department head (or dean in non-departmentalized schools) for assistance and determination of whether a reasonable accommodation can be provided. If an agreement cannot be reached after consulting with the department head (or dean in non-departmentalized schools), the department head will advise the dean and refer the matter to the provost or designee, who will make the final determination following consultation with the Office of the General Counsel.

Procedures for Faculty and Staff Requesting Religious Accommodation

Employees requesting a religious accommodation should make the request directly to their supervisor with as much notice as possible. Employees may be required to use accrued time (vacation or personal) as part of the religious accommodation. If the supervisor determines that the request may pose an undue hardship for the department and/or interfere with the employee’s essential job functions, or if the supervisor otherwise has questions or concerns about the accommodation request, the supervisor should contact the Department of Human Resources at 860-486-3034 or hr@uconn.edu (Storrs and Regionals); 860-679-2426 (UConn Health).

Contacts:

Students, Faculty and Staff who have questions or concerns regarding the University of Connecticut Religious Accommodations Policy may contact the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE):

Storrs and Regionals: equity@uconn.edu or (860) 486-2943

UConn Health: equity@uconn.edu or (860) 679-3563

Related Policies and Guidance:

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Religious Accommodations

Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Interpersonal Violence

Religious Holidays: Faculty and Staff Resource Guide

[1] Connecticut General Statutes, section  10a-50 provides in relevant part:

Absence of students due to religious beliefs. Any student in an institution of higher education who is unable [due to religious beliefs] to attend classes on a particular day or days or at a particular time of day shall be excused from any examination or any study or work assignments on such particular day or days or at such particular time of day. It shall be the responsibility of the faculty and of the administrative officials of each institution of higher education to make available to each student who is absent from school because of such reason an equivalent opportunity to make up any examination, study or work requirements which he has missed because of such absence on any particular day or days or at any particular time of day. No special fees of any kind shall be charged to the student for making available to such student such equivalent opportunity. No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student because of his availing himself of the provisions of this section.

ClinicalTrials.gov

Title: ClinicalTrials.gov
Policy Owner: Research Compliance Services, Office of the Vice President for Research
Applies to: Employees, Faculty, Students, Other
Campus Applicability:  All Campuses
Effective Date: May 25, 2018
For More Information, Contact Office of the Vice President for Research
Contact Information: (860) 486-3001
Official Website: http://research.uchc.edu/

 

REASON FOR POLICY

The purpose of this policy is to ensure investigators at the University comply with the requirements for registering and reporting results of clinical trials at ClinicalTrials.gov.

The University is committed to the mission of public availability of clinical trial information and to complying with the related requirements of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other federal agencies and departments for using ClinicalTrials.gov.  Investigators for certain clinical trials are required to register and report results at ClinicalTrials.gov for certain clinical trials, including those involving the FDA, NIH, and CMS.  The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) also imposes a similar requirement as a condition for seeking publication in participating journals.

APPLIES TO

All University faculty, employees, students, postdoctoral fellows, residents and other trainees, and agents who supervise or conduct clinical trials needing to be registered at ClinicalTrials.gov.

POLICY STATEMENT

It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator (or other equivalent individual) supervising or conducting a clinical trial that must be registered at ClinicalTrials.gov to ensure that the registration, results reporting, related consent form and other applicable requirements are met with the required timeframes.  Any failure to fulfill these requirements may result in limitations on publications or grant submissions or other sanctions.

The University’s Protocol Registration and Results System (PRS) Administrator within Research Compliance Services is available to provide assistance in navigating the PRS system, administering requests by ClinicalTrials.gov, and with compliance questions related to these requirements.

ENFORCEMENT

Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, the University of Connecticut Student Code, and other applicable University Policies.

Authority

42 CFR part 11 (FDA)

NIH Policy on the Dissemination of NIH-Funded Clinical Trial Information (NIH)

Medicare Clinical Trial Policies (CMS)

Clinical Trials (ICMJE)

Policy History:

Adopted: 5/25/2018 (Approved by President’s Cabinet)

Academic Adjustments for General Education Competencies, Policy on

Title: Policy on Academic Adjustments for General Education Competencies: Qualitative Reasoning And/Or Second Language
Policy Owner: University Senate
Applies to: Undergraduate Students
Campus Applicability: All Undergraduate Programs at all Campuses
Effective Date: December 2017
For More Information, Contact:  University Senate
Contact Information:  (860) 486-2236
Official Website:  https://senate.uconn.edu/

Introduction

The University Senate enacted General Education requirements to ensure that all University of Connecticut undergraduate students become articulate and acquire intellectual breadth and versatility, critical judgment, moral sensitivity, awareness of their era and society, consciousness of the diversity of human culture and experience, and a working understanding of the processes by which they can continue to acquire and use knowledge. A critical element of General Education is demonstrated competency in four fundamental areas –information literacy, quantitative skills, second language proficiency, and writing. The development of these competencies involves two thresholds: establishing entry-level expectations and meeting graduation expectations. In cases involving a significant disability, the graduation expectations for the quantitative skills and/or second language competency may be a barrier to degree completion. The University has established a policy for considering academic adjustments to the University General Education Requirements and individual school/college requirements in an effort to respond to the extraordinary circumstances of students while maintaining academic integrity. In all cases, justification of an academic adjustment requires evidence of the disability’s impact upon the student’s ability to learn the course material.

Policy

The vast majority of students who experience difficulty in fulfilling the Quantitative Reasoning and/or Second Language Competency will experience success by employing any number of academic support and/or advising strategies. Academic adjustments are only considered for students with disabilities whose documentation and/or educational history provide compelling evidence of an inability to complete graduation expectations so that an academic adjustment is warranted. Each academic adjustment will be based on an individualized, case-by-case assessment and should not compromise the academic integrity of the requirements for a specific major or degree. Academic adjustments may include an exception to an academic rule, such as allowing a student to complete a required course(s) on a pass/fail basis or substituting an alternative course(s) for a required course(s).

The following rules will apply:

  • If quantitative or second language competency is deemed an essential element of a program or
    course of study, then a substitution is not permitted. The question of “essential element” will be
    decided by the Dean or designee of each school or college.
  • Academic adjustments will not reduce the number of courses/credits required to complete General
    Education requirements. Waivers of General Education requirements are never granted.
  • If the student changes his or her school or college of enrollment, academic adjustments will be
    reviewed by the appropriate Dean’s office in the new school or college of enrollment.
  • Academic adjustments will be subject to the eight-year rule.

Students who plan to continue their studies beyond the baccalaureate degree should be advised that approved adjustments may not meet the requirements for admission to a graduate/professional school (e.g., law, medicine, etc.).

The Academic Adjustments Committee will convene to review requests and make final decisions. The committee will include the following individuals:

  1. Designee from the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (Committee Chair)
  2. Designee from the Center for Students with Disabilities
  3. Designees from the Dean’s office in the petitioning student’s school or college, the Bachelor of
    General Studies Program, or the Academic Center for Exploratory Students (ACES) as appropriate
  4. Designee from the Department of Mathematics (in the case of a quantitative request)
  5. Designee from the Department of Literature, Cultures and Languages (in the case of a second
    language request)
  6. Designee from the General Education Oversight Committee

Students may appeal the decision of the Committee to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs within 30 days of the date of the decision. This appeal is a review of the record furnished by the Committee for the purpose of determining whether all applicable procedures have been followed. It does not include an opportunity to submit additional evidence or documentation. If, at a later date, students wish to furnish additional evidence or documentation to support their adjustment requests, they may resubmit a petition for committee review.

At the end of each academic year, the AAC will submit a report on its activities to GEOC. The report will contain the number of cases reviewed in each category, and the outcome of each review.

Policy History:

Effective: December 11, 2006
Revisions proposed by the Senate Scholastic Standards Committee November 2017 and by the Senate Curricula and Courses Committee October 2017
Approved by University Senate December 2017

Alcoholic Beverage Sales and Service Policy

Title: Alcoholic Beverage Sales and Service, Policy on
Policy Owner: Department of Dining Services
Applies to: Students, Employees, Others
Campus Applicability: All Campuses
Effective Date: October 23, 2017
For More Information, Contact Department of Dining Services or
UConn Health
Contact Information: (860) 486-3128 (Storrs/Regional Campuses)
(860) 679-4177 (UConn Health)
Official Website: http://www.dining.uconn.edu

Purpose

To provide specific requirements for the sale and/or service of alcoholic beverages at University sponsored events.

Scope

This policy does not apply to non-University on-campus entities (such as the University of Connecticut Foundation and the Nathan Hale Inn) or off campus Athletic venues.

Definitions

University Sponsored Events: An official activity, function or meeting operated and/or financially supported by the University of Connecticut, whether on- or off-campus.

Permanent Installation: A permanent foodservice operated by the Department of Dining Services on a Regional Campus.

POLICY STATEMENT

Alcohol Service on University Campuses: The Department of Dining Services is the sole liquor permit-holder on University campuses with a Permanent Installation, and is solely responsible for ensuring the proper service of alcohol at any on-campus University Sponsored Event where a Permanent Installation exists. Campuses with a Permanent Installation must use the Department of Dining Services to serve alcohol. At campuses without a Permanent Installation (except UConn Health) departments must seek approval from the Department of Dining Services to use an alternate service. Requests must be approved in writing by the Department of Dining Services. At UConn Health, requests must be approved in writing by the Dean of the School of Medicine, the Dean of the School of Dental Medicine, or the Chief Administrative Officer, as appropriate.

Alcohol Service at Off-Campus University Sponsored Events:  If alcohol is to be served at an off-campus University Sponsored Event, the individuals responsible for event planning must ensure that the sale and/or service of alcohol complies with this policy.

Sales and Service of Alcoholic Beverages

Alcoholic beverages may be possessed, served, sold or consumed at a University Sponsored Event or Permanent Installation only under the following conditions:

  • In no circumstances may alcohol be purchased with University funds or Trustee student organization fees, either directly or indirectly. For example, funds used to purchase food or cover facility fees may never subsidize the purchase of alcohol.
  • Service and sale of alcoholic beverages is covered by an appropriate liquor permit. At campuses with a Permanent Installation, this is the Department of Dining Services’ liquor permit. At campuses without a Permanent Installation, including UConn Health, this is an approved vendor or caterer’s liquor permit.
  • Alcohol servers are TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) certified.
  • Alcoholic beverages are served as a complement to a planned program or event with a legitimate University business purpose.
  • Alcoholic beverage service is accompanied by food service and non-alcoholic beverage alternatives in amounts sufficient for all attendees.

Additional restrictions include:

  • Alcohol service is prohibited in academic buildings while classes are in session in that building. At UConn Health, exceptions must be approved in writing by the appropriate Dean or the Chief Administrative Officer.
  • University employees may not host department meetings or gatherings on campus and supply their own alcohol.
  • At campuses with a Permanent Installation, all alcohol service must be arranged, purchased, and served by the Department of Dining Services. External caterers may not provide alcohol on these campuses.
  • No alcoholic beverages may be served for any group of students of the University, or for any function, where it is reasonable to expect consumption by persons under the age of twenty-one years.

Campuses without the Presence of the Department of Dining Services

If alcohol is to be served at a University Sponsored Event at a campus without a Permanent Installation (except UConn Health), the individuals responsible for event planning must first submit a request for approval to the Department of Dining Services. This form is located at https://dining.uconn.edu/alcohol-request-form/. At UConn Health, requests must be submitted using this form and approved by the Dean of the School of Medicine, the Dean of the School of Dental Medicine, or the Chief Administrative Officer, as appropriate.

Exceptions to this policy may be granted by the Office of the President. At all times, any entity serving alcohol on campus must have the appropriate liquor permit.

Enforcement

This policy is intended to complement existing University policy regarding alcohol, including but not limited to, the General Rules of Conduct, Student Code, and the University Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs.

Violations of these policies may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and the University of Connecticut Student Code.  Depending on the nature and severity of the violations, additional sanctions may be enacted.

Animals on Campus

Title: Animals on Campus
Policy Owner: Office of Institutional Equity
Applies to: Students, All Employees, Contractors, Vendors, Visitors, Guests and Other Third Parties
Campus Applicability: All
Effective Date: May 1, 2019
For More Information, Contact Office of Institutional Equity
Contact Information: (860) 486-2943 & (860) 679-3563
Official Website: http://www.equity.uconn.edu and http://accessibility.uconn.edu

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Related Policies are:

Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment and Related Interpersonal Violence
Policy Statement: People with Disabilities

Related Documents are:

UCH Clinical Practice Procedures Regarding Animals
Frequently Asked Questions
Animal Related Program Registration Form

1. PURPOSE

This policy provides the rules concerning individuals bringing animals on University property. This policy applies to all University campuses. Specific procedures regarding the presence of animals in UConn Health clinical practice and patient care areas are outlined in the UConn Health Clinical Practice Procedures Regarding Animals.

2. LEGAL 

The Americans with Disabilities Act governs the use of service animals by individuals with disabilities. See 42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq. The Fair Housing Act governs the use of emotional support animals (ESA’s) by individuals with disabilities in housing. See 42 U.S.C. § 3601, et seq. Connecticut state law regarding service animals may be found under C.G.S. § 46a-44.

3. DEFINITIONS

Controlled Space
For purposes of this policy, controlled spaces are not public spaces. Controlled spaces are defined as any indoor area owned or controlled by the University, and any outdoor area owned or controlled by the University with limitations on use or access (e.g., practice fields, stadiums, farm, tennis courts, etc.). Areas open to the public (i.e., streets, lawns, sidewalks, parking lots) with no limitations on access are not controlled spaces.

Handler
An individual with a disability who is the owner or user or trainer of a service animal or ESA, or the owner or individual bringing an animal onto University property.

Emotional Support Animal (ESA)
Any animal specifically designated by a qualified medical provider that alleviates one or more identified symptoms of an individual’s disability. Such animal may afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling, workplace, or other area, provided there is a nexus between the individual’s disability and the assistance the animal provides. ESA’s are also commonly known as companion, therapeutic or assistance animals. ESA’s are not service animals.

Pet
For purposes of this policy, a pet is any animal that is not a service animal or ESA.

Public Spaces

For purposes of this policy, public spaces are indoor and outdoor areas that are open to the general public. Classrooms, residence halls and most employee workspaces are not generally considered public spaces.

Service Animal
Any dog specifically trained to perform a task for the benefit of an individual with a disability. In some circumstances, a miniature horse may be considered a service animal. The tasks performed by a service animal must directly relate to the individual’s disability.

Service Animal in Training
For purposes of this policy, a service animal in training is a dog that is being trained as a service animal and includes a puppy that is being raised to become a service animal in training.

University Property
For purposes of this policy, University property includes all areas owned or controlled by the University.

  1. APPLICABILITY

This policy applies to all individuals bringing an animal on University property.

5. POLICY

5.1 Prohibition
All individuals are generally prohibited from bringing animals into any buildings or other controlled spaces on University property. However, individuals with disabilities are allowed to bring service animals and emotional support animals (ESA’s) on and/or into controlled spaces as provided below. In addition, faculty and staff are permitted to have pets in University-owned residential housing only to the extent permitted by the lease governing their rental agreement.  Exceptions for individuals in residence halls may be made in the sole discretion of the Executive Director of Residential Life or designee for exigent circumstances or other good cause shown consistent with the spirit and intent of this policy.

5.2 Service Animals
The University welcomes the presence of service animals assisting people with disabilities on its campuses consistent with the provisions of this policy and applicable law. A service animal is generally permitted to be on University property in any place where the animal’s handler is permitted to be. In certain limited situations, a service animal may be prohibited for safety and health reasons. The accompaniment of an individual with a disability by a service animal in a location with health and safety restrictions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the appropriate department representative(s) in collaboration with the Department of Human Resources and/or the Center for Students with Disabilities.

A service animal for an individual employed by the University must be approved in advance by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Case Manager at the Department of Human Resources prior to bringing the animal to the workplace.

Members of the University community, are prohibited from interfering in any way with a service animal, or the duties it performs.

5.3 Service Animals in Training
Connecticut law entitles any individual training a service animal to enter public spaces. A service animal in training is not allowed in controlled spaces including classrooms, residence halls and employee work areas. The individual training a service animal must be authorized to engage in designated training activities by a service animal organization or an individual who volunteers for a service animal organization that authorizes such volunteers to raise dogs to become service animals.  Individuals training a service animal must carry photographic identification indicating authorization to train the animal. A service animal in training, including a puppy that is being raised to become a service animal in training, must be identified with either tags, ear tattoos, identifying bandanas (on puppies), identifying coats (on adult dogs), or leashes and collars.

5.4 Emotional Support Animals (ESA’s)
An approved ESA for an individual who lives in University housing is permitted within the individual’s privately assigned living accommodations. An ESA outside the private individual living accommodations must be in an animal carrier or controlled by a leash or harness.  ESA’s are not allowed in any other controlled spaces without advance permission. ESA’s are permitted to be in outdoor public areas to the same extent as pets.

An ESA for an individual employed by the University may be permitted within the individual’s workplace as an accommodation for a disability, but must be approved in advance by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Case Manager at the Department of Human Resources as outlined in Section 6.1 below.

5.5 Pets
Pets generally are not permitted in or on any controlled space on University property, and are permitted only in outdoor areas open to the general public.

5.6 Handler’ Responsibilities
5.6.1 A service animal, service animal in training, ESA or pet must be supervised directly by the handler, and the handler must retain full control of the animal at all times while on University property. The animal must be in an animal carrier or controlled by a harness, leash or tether, unless these devices interfere with the animal’s work, the individual’s disability prevents using these devices, or the animal is an ESA within the handler’s own dwelling. In those cases, the handler must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.

5.6.2 Animals may not be left unattended at any time on University property, except for service animals left in the handler’s University residence or private office space or ESA’s left in the handler’s dwelling unit.  The service animal or ESA may be left unattended only for reasonable periods of time, as determined by the appropriate University staff based on the totality of the circumstances. The University may request impoundment of an ESA or service animal left for longer than a reasonable period of time. Owners of impounded animals will be held responsible for payment of any impound and/or license fees required to secure the release of their animals.

5.6.3 A handler who leaves their service animal or ESA unattended for longer than a reasonable period of time will receive one warning, and if the behavior occurs a second time, the University reserves the right to require the handler to remove the animal from campus and to prohibit the animal from being permitted back onto University property.

5.6.4 All handlers are responsible for compliance with state and local laws concerning animals (including registration, vaccinations, and tags), for controlling their animals, for cleaning up any waste created by the animal, and for any damage caused by the animal to individuals or property while on University property.

6.PROCEDURES

Specific procedures regarding the presence of animals in UConn Health clinical practice and patient care areas are outlined in the UConn Health Clinical Practice Procedures Regarding Animals.

6.1 Employees Requesting Permission for Service Animals or ESA’s

6.1.1 Workplace Accommodation

Employees and all others performing work for the University who seek the presence of a service animal or an ESA as a workplace accommodation must contact the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Case Manager at the Department of Human Resources in advance of reporting for work with the animal.

For service animals and ESA’s, the ADA Case Manager will determine whether the request represents a reasonable accommodation for a documented disability. The terms of the approval, including where the service animal or ESA will and will not be permitted, will be determined and documented by the ADA Case Manager, after the facilitation of an interactive accommodations process with the employee and their supervisor(s). This process must occur before any employee can bring a service animal or ESA into the workplace. The ADA Case Manager for Storrs and Regional Campuses may be contacted at (860) 486-2036 or hr@uconn.edu. Information related to the ADA accommodations process for employees, is contained online: http://hr.uconn.edu/ada-compliance/.

UConn Health employees must contact the Human Resources (HR) ADA Case Manager in advance of reporting for work with the animal. The HR ADA Case Manager may be contacted at (860) 679-2831 or HR-EmployeeResource@uchc.edu.  Information related to the ADA accommodations process for UConn Health employees is contained online: https://health.uconn.edu/human-resources/services/americans-with-disabilities-act-compliance-and-accommodations/


6.1.2. Residential Accommodation

Employees who reside on University property and who wish to have an ESA in their University housing as an accommodation for a disability must request the University’s permission to have the ESA in University housing. Permission will be granted only as an accommodation for a documented disability and must be arranged through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Case Manager at the Department of Human Resources prior to bringing the animal into University housing. The ADA Case Manager will determine whether the request represents a reasonable accommodation for a documented disability and should be granted.

The employee is not allowed to take an ESA into any other controlled spaces, including but not limited to the employee’s work area, unless the employee has received express authorization to do so from the University. The ADA Case Manager may be contacted at (860) 486-2036 or hr@uconn.edu. Information related to the ADA accommodations process for employees is contained online: http://hr.uconn.edu/ada-compliance/.

The UConn Health ADA Case Manager may be contacted at (860) 679-2831 or HR-EmployeeResource@uchc.edu.  Information related to the ADA accommodations process for UConn Health employees is contained online: https://health.uconn.edu/human-resources/services/americans-with-disabilities-act-compliance-and-accommodations/


6.2 Students Requesting Permission for Service Animals or ESA’s

6.2.1. Service Animals
Students are not required to receive permission from the University prior to bringing a service animal onto University property. The student may be asked whether the animal is needed because of a disability, and what work or task(s) the animal has been trained to perform.

If a student with a service animal plans to reside on campus, the student must notify the University of the need for a service animal’s presence in advance of beginning residence on University property with the animal. Such notification allows the University to make appropriate arrangements, offer any necessary assistance prior to the student’s arrival on campus, and to notify Public Safety of the animal’s presence in case of an emergency. Students should contact Residential Life prior to bringing the animal into their housing at livingoncampus@uconn.edu or (860) 486-2926. Students may also visit http://www.reslife.uconn.edu for further information.

If a student needs any other accommodations while attending the University, documentation of the disability and a request for accommodations must be made under the procedures found at http://www.csd.uconn.edu.  Students may also visit the Center for Students with Disabilities in Wilbur Cross, Room 204, or contact (860) 486-2020 or email csd@uconn.edu for further information related to accommodations.

UConn Health students may contact the UConn Health ADA Case Manager at (860) 679-2831 or HR-EmployeeResource@uchc.edu for any questions related to service animals or accommodations.


6.2.2. Emotional Support Animals (ESA’s)
Permission to have an ESA may be granted only as an accommodation for a documented disability and must be arranged in advance through the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD). CSD will determine whether the request represents a reasonable accommodation for a documented disability and should be granted. In making that determination, CSD (in connection with Residential Life for those students residing in residence halls), will consider:

  • The size of the animal
  • Whether the animal’s presence would force another individual from that individual’s housing (e.g., serious allergies)
  • Whether the animal’s presence would violate individuals’ rights to peace and quiet enjoyment
  • Whether the animal is housebroken or able to live with others
  • Direct threat (currently or in the past) to the individual or others
  • Past excessive damage to housing caused by the animal

A request for an accommodation must be made under the procedures found at http://www.csd.uconn.edu.  Students may also visit the Center for Students with Disabilities in Wilbur Cross, Room 204, or contact (860) 486-2020 or email csd@uconn.edu.

If approved, a student must have advance communication with Residential Life prior to bringing the animal into their housing. Students may contact Residential Life at livingoncampus@uconn.edu or (860) 486-2926. Students may also visit http://www.reslife.uconn.edu.

Students are not allowed to take ESA’s in or on any controlled spaces other than their privately assigned living accommodations without specific advance authorization from CSD.  ESA’s cannot be left overnight in University housing to be cared for by anyone other than the handler absent permission from Residential Life. The handler must clean up after the animal, ensure that the animal does not disturb the peace and quiet enjoyment of others, and otherwise ensure that the animal is well cared for.

UConn Health students are not allowed to take ESA’s in or on any controlled spaces without specific advance authorization. UConn Health students may contact the UConn Health ADA Case Manager at (860) 679-2831 or HR-EmployeeResource@uchc.edu for any questions related to an ESA or accommodations.

 

6.3 Visitors
Visitors are not required to receive permission from the University prior to bringing a service animal onto University property. The visitor may be asked whether the animal is needed because of a disability, and what work or task(s) the animal has been trained to perform.

A visitor may contact the Office of Institutional Equity at equity@uconn.edu or (860) 486-2943 (Storrs and Regional Campuses); (860) 679-3563 (UConn Health) in advance if the visitor has any questions about the rules concerning the presence of a service animal or a service animal in training (as outlined in Section 5.3) at a specific event or in a specific location on campus.

7.  Appeals and Grievances
Any individuals who feel that they have been unfairly denied the ability to bring or maintain an animal on University property, may contact the Office of Institutional Equity at equity@uconn.edu or (860) 486-2943 (Storrs and Regional Campuses); (860) 679-3563 (UConn Health) or refer to http://www.equity.uconn.edu  for further information.

8. Violations of Policy / Removal of Animal / Disruptive Animals
Access to University property may be restricted or revoked under the circumstances outlined below. Restrictions or exclusions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The University reserves the right to remove or exclude an approved animal from University property if:

  1. The animal poses a direct threat to health and safety
  2. The handler does not maintain control of the animal, including but not limited to during any interactions with other animals
  3. The presence of an animal fundamentally alters a University program
  4. Improper/Inadequate care of the animal is exhibited, including if the animal is not housebroken
  5. Damage or harm is caused by the animal
  6. The handler violates any of the responsibilities as outlined in Section 5.6 of this policy

If the presence of an animal poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others, the University reserves the right to remove or exclude an animal from University property. In such a situation, Public Safety may be contacted to assist in the removal of the animal. In particular, if a handler’s animal is disruptive in the classroom, the instructor may ask the handler and their animal to leave the classroom immediately. If a handler’s animal is disruptive in the workplace, the handler’s supervisor may ask the handler and their animal to leave the workspace immediately. If a handler’s animal is disruptive at a University event, the event organizer may ask the handler and their animal to leave the event immediately.

Questions about a disruptive animal should be directed to the following:

  • Center for Students with Disabilities (animals in the classroom):
  • Department of Human Resources (animals in the workplace):
  • UConn Health Contact (animals in practice areas, including JDH):
    • Contact appropriate medical staff (i.e. Supervisor or Nursing Manager)
  • Residential Life (animals in the residence halls):
  • Office of Institutional Equity (all other questions, including regarding visitors)
    • Contact (860) 486-2943 (Storrs and Regional Campuses); (860) 679-3563 (UConn Health) or email equity@uconn.edu

9. Exclusions

This policy does not apply to:

  • Fish in aquariums no larger than ten gallons as follows:
    • Within University housing, such aquariums are allowed without advance notice or permission;
    • Within employee workspaces, such aquariums are allowed only with the express advance, written authorization of the handler’s manager/supervisor. At any time, a manager may revoke approval for such an aquarium, requiring its immediate removal from the workspace; and
    • The handler has responsibility for maintaining the aquarium in a clean and sanitary manner and for any damage caused by the aquarium. Animals other than fish are not allowed in such aquariums;
  • University-maintained fish in aquariums of any size located in waiting rooms or other public areas of UConn Health facilities and maintained by UConn Health, including John Dempsey Hospital and University Medical Group;
  • Animals used in Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approved University research, education or testing Animals used in classes on campus, based on requests by faculty for such use. Such requests may be granted only upon showing that the presence of the animal is for a bona fide educational purpose, and such purpose is clearly delineated on the course syllabus as a central topic in class.  Prior permission must be obtained from the academic unit head, the dean and/or the Provost’s Office and the IACUC;
  • Animal related programs within controlled spaces for non-educational purposes fully reviewed and approved by the Provost’s Office or the Office of Institutional Equity, or their designees. (Animal related programs or events of the Student Union are also subject to the animal requirements and policies of the Student Union) Such requests may be approved only upon a showing that there exists a well-developed program with defined parameters, to be administered by appropriately trained staff;
  • Animals used in police, search and rescue operations on University property;
  • Animals trained for and used in a clinical therapeutic setting on campus, such as a counseling center;
  • Appearances by the official mascot of the University and/or official mascots of other institutions as approved by event organizers; and
  • Animals accompanying individuals in clinical practice or patient care areas at UConn Health pursuant to the UConn Health Clinical Practice Procedures Regarding Animals.

Any questions pertaining to this policy may be addressed to the Office of Institutional Equity at equity@uconn.edu or (860) 486-2943.

POLICY HISTORY

Policy created:  6/9/2017

Policy revised: 5/1/2019

Communication with External Media, Policy on

Title: Policy on Communication with External Media
Policy Owner: University Communications
Applies to: Faculty, Staff, and Student Employees
Campus Applicability: All campuses, including UConn Health
Effective Date: May 5, 2017
For More Information, Contact Tysen Kendig, Vice President for Communications
Contact Information: Phone: (860) 486-0871
Official Website: http://communications.uconn.edu/

REASON FOR POLICY

The University of Connecticut (“the University” or “UConn”) needs to be able to communicate accurately, effectively and consistently with a variety of diverse audiences including the media. University Communications is the primary and official liaison to the news media. It is responsible for initiating, developing and maintaining effective, productive and beneficial relations with the news media in communicating University news and in responding to media requests. University Communications is responsible for coordinating official University comment on all matters regarding the institution. This includes both proactive interaction and responses to requests. University Communications is responsible for disseminating and pitching news stories, responding to media inquiries, arranging interviews and visual productions, and handling requests for distribution of information on behalf of the University’s main campus in Storrs, UConn Health and all campus locations and programs.

The purpose of this policy is to gather the University’s existing policies regarding employee communication with external media into one accessible statement while reaffirming the University’s continuing commitment to the principles of academic freedom.  It incorporates policies on three distinct but related situations:

  1. Requests for Official University Position or Response
  2. Requests to Faculty Regarding Subject Matter Expertise
  3. Personal Speech

APPLIES TO

This policy applies to all University employees including administration, faculty, staff and student employees. employees at all campuses including the University’s main campus in Storrs, UConn Health, the regional campuses, and the School of Law. It applies to all employees in all programs wherever located. The policy applies to employees when they are acting in their capacity as employees of the University, including when they are asked questions.

POLICY STATEMENT

  1. Requests for Official University Position or Response

All inquiries seeking an official University response or a statement on behalf of the University should be directed to the University spokesperson within University Communications. All inquiries seeking an official response or statement specific to UConn Health and its clinical and academic areas should be directed to the UConn Health Information Officer.

Authorization to speak on behalf of the University may only be given by the President or the Vice President for Communications. No faculty or staff member may make official statements on behalf of the University without consultation with, and express authorization from, the President or University Communications.

University Communications will coordinate the University response with appropriate members of the University and UConn Health communities.

Any employee who has not been authorized by the President or University Communications to speak to the media in the context of his or her role as a University employee must direct inquiries from the media about the official University comment on all matters regarding the institution to the University spokesperson.

No employee is authorized to speak “off the record” on behalf of the University to media on any matter pertaining to the University.

University employees must adhere to relevant UConn policies as well as all federal, state and local laws and policies regarding the release of information about activities of the University, or its employees, students, volunteers, patients or research subjects, including those that apply to privacy and patient confidentiality such as HIPAA and FERPA.

  1. Requests to Faculty and Staff Regarding Subject Matter Expertise

UConn is proud of its faculty and staff, and their expertise and scholarship in a vast array of subjects and disciplines. Many senior administrators and staff also have expertise. Individual faculty, administrators and staff experts are encouraged to provide subject-specific commentary based on their scholarship in their academic concentration or their expertise in their professional field. This includes athletics coaches and staff on matters related to university athletic contests and team- or program-related matters.

When offices and/or individuals are contacted for their scholarly or professional expertise, they are encouraged and expected to notify University Communications that a media representative has made contact. University Communications facilitates accurate, ethical and timely news coverage of significant programs and the achievements of faculty, administrators, staff, students and alumni. University Communications is available at all times to consult with administrators, faculty and staff about the most effective ways to work with the media.

Any questions that fall outside of a faculty member’s academic interest or expertise should involve consultation with the University spokesperson, who can be a resource in these instances. Questions also may be referred to the University spokesperson for direct handling. Inquiries seeking an official University comment must be directed to the University spokesperson.

If a faculty or staff member is unsure of whether a question or request for comment from the media concerns the faculty or staff member’s area of expertise or seeks an official University position, University Communications must be consulted.

  1. Personal Speech

Nothing in this policy is intended to restrict the freedom of faculty and staff members to engage in their scholarly activities or their personal involvement in community activities. Nothing in this policy is intended to affect individual employees’ rights to express personal opinions on University or non-University actions and policies. Nothing in this policy is intended to restrict faculty or staff members from commenting on matters of public concern implicating an employer’s official dishonesty, deliberately unconstitutional action, other serious wrongdoing or threats to health and safety. When speaking or writing as a citizen, an employee should be accurate, should exercise appropriate restraint, should show respect for the opinions of others and should make every effort to indicate that he/she does not speak for the institution.

The University reaffirms its continuing commitment to the principles of academic freedom and its protections as set forth in Article XIV of the Laws and By-Laws of the University of Connecticut and the right to freedom of speech protected by the United States and Connecticut Constitutions.

ENFORCEMENT

Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University Laws and By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, Office of Student Financial Aid Services – Student Employment Guide, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and any other applicable University policies and procedures.

 

Policy created:   [5/05/2017] (Approved by President’s Cabinet)

Lactation Policy

Title: UConn Lactation Policy
Policy Owner: Human Resources and Office of Institutional Equity
Applies to: Employees, Graduate Assistants, Students
Campus Applicability: All Campuses, Including UConn Health
Effective Date: 12/20/2016
For More Information, Contact Human Resources and Student Health Services/Student Services
Contact Information: Storrs/Regionals: (860) 486-3034 (HR) and (860) 486-0765 (SHS)
UConn Health: (860) 679-2426 (HR and (860) 679-1364 (Student Services Center)
Official Website: http://hr.uconn.edu/worklife/


Reason for Policy

The purpose of this policy is to provide employees and students who are breastfeeding a private place and reasonable break time to express breast milk for their nursing child.  This policy is in accordance with relevant laws and regulations regarding breastfeeding in the workplace.

Applies to

All breastfeeding employees and students on the Storrs, UConn Health and Regional campuses.

Definitions:

Lactation Area: A space on the University of Connecticut campus that is either dedicated or temporarily established to accommodate the needs of those who are breastfeeding. The room must be a clean, private (the ability to be shielded from view and free from intrusion), comfortable space with electrical outlet, chair, table for breast pump, and nearby access to clean running water.

Lactation Breaks: Breaks during the work day for employees who have requested lactation accommodations.

Policy Statement

The University of Connecticut is committed to providing a supportive environment that enables employees and students to express breast milk in a private place, with reasonable break time and in a location within five minutes of their work and study areas.

Consistent with Connecticut Laws (Chapter 939, Section 53-34b and Chapter 814c, Section 46a-64), a person may breastfeed their infant in any public or private location on campus where they and their child are authorized to be. This includes all campus locations open to the public and other campus locations where infants are allowed.

Additionally, Connecticut law (Connecticut General Statutes, Section 31-40w) Breastfeeding in the Workplace states that employers must allow employees to breastfeed or express breast milk at work.

Consistent with federal law, the University of Connecticut shall provide to employee breastfeeding persons reasonable break time (“lactation break”) as well as space that is shielded from view and free from intrusion in order to breastfeed their infants or to express breast milk.

The University of Connecticut prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation against breastfeeding persons who exercise their rights under this policy.  For more information, see University Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment and Related Interpersonal Violence.

Enforcement

Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University Policies and applicable collective bargaining agreements.

Policy History

Adopted 12/20/2016

Procedures

Storrs and Regional Campuses: http://policy.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/243/2016/12/UConn-Lactation-Procedures_final-draft-12-20-16.pdf

UConn Health: http://policy.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/243/2017/02/UConn-Health-Lactation-Procedures.pdf 

 

Policy on Endorsements

Title: Policy on Endorsements
Policy Owner: University Communications
Applies to: Faculty, Staff, Students, Others
Campus Applicability: All Campuses
Effective Date:  September 1, 2016
For More Information, Contact University Communications
Contact Information: (860) 486-3530
Official Website: http://communications.uconn.edu/

 

The University of Connecticut is committed to achieving excellence in research, graduate and undergraduate education, teaching and engagement.  The University has attracted national and international recognition for many successes across a wide range of disciplines.  As the University continues to grow and build on its many successes, members of the UConn community and external entities will continue to seek to associate themselves with UConn.

As Connecticut’s flagship public university, the University must ensure that it associates itself with individuals, groups and organizations who share its values.  All units and employees of the University are responsible for ensuring that the University’s reputation and image are not affected by an improper external affiliation.

The University’s Bylaws prohibit units and groups within the University, including at UConn Health and regional campuses, clinics, and centers, from authorizing any individual, group or organization that is not affiliated with the University to use the name of the University without the approval of the President or the President’s designee. Typically requests to use the name of the University come from businesses wishing to promote the nature of their business relationship with the University or from individuals, groups or organizations wishing to be recognized as a sponsor of the University or any of its activities.

This requirement also applies to UConn employees and units at all locations. No employee or unit may endorse or promote a third-party business interest in the public domain in connection with their employment or service to the University without approval. This requirement includes providing quotes to or participating in interviews with a third-party about its product or service that would be used publicly.

If you receive this type of request, or anything similar, you are required to notify University Communications for review.

Policy History

Original Approval: February 3, 2016
Effective Date: September 1, 2016
Revision Approved by the President’s Cabinet: April 5, 2019

Protection of Minors and Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect Policy

Title: Protection of Minors and Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect
Policy Owner: Office of University Compliance
Applies to: All personnel associated with the University including faculty, staff, volunteers, graduate and undergraduate students, interns, residents and fellows.
Campus Applicability: All University campuses including Storrs, regional campuses, the Law School and UConn Health (University)
Effective Date: April 1, 2016
For More Information, Contact Minor Protection Coordinator/Department of Human Resources
Contact Information: (860) 486-4510
Official Website: http://minorprotection.uconn.edu

1.  Reason for Policy

The University of Connecticut is committed to promoting a high quality, secure and safe environment for minors who are active in the University community. This policy and the accompanying procedures establish consistent standards intended to support the University in meeting its commitments to promote the protection of minors who participate in activities sponsored by the University and to inform all members of the University community of their obligation to report any instances of known or suspected child abuse or neglect.

2.  Applies to

This policy applies to all University employees, including faculty, staff, volunteers, graduate and undergraduate students, interns, residents and fellows. Except as provided below, it also applies to any activity that takes place on University property or is sponsored by the University and is open to the participation of minors.

This policy does not apply to: (1) events open to the public where parents/guardians or adult chaperones are invited / expected to accompany and supervise their children; (2) undergraduate and graduate programs in which minors are enrolled for academic credit or have been accepted for enrollment; (3) students who are dually enrolled in University credit-bearing courses while also enrolled in elementary, middle, and/or high school, UNLESS such enrollment includes overnight housing in University facilities; (4) minors employed by the University; (5) field trips or visits solely supervised by a minor’s school or organization; (6) patient-care related activities relating to minors; (7) non-university programs undertaking activities in or on University land or facilities under the sole supervision of said program; (8) university programs which take place outside of the University under the supervision of a separate organization; (9) licensed child care facilities; and (10) other activities granted advance and written exemption from part or all of the policy.

3.  Definitions

A. Authorized Adult: A University employee, student, or volunteer (paid or unpaid) who has (1) successfully passed a Background Screening within the last four years, (2) completed the University minor’s protection training within the last year, and (3) has been registered with the University’s Minor Protection Coordinator.

B. University Sponsored Activities Involving Minors: A program or activity open to the participation of minors that is sponsored, operated, or supported by the University and where minors, who are not enrolled or accepted for enrollment in credit-granting courses at the University or who are not an employee of the University, are under the supervision of the University or its representatives.

C. Background Screening: A criminal history search that is consistent with University Criminal Background Check Policies, which has been successfully completed within the past four years. Such investigation may include the following searches by a nationally recognized background check vendor:

i.    Social Security Number verification/past address trace;

ii.   federal criminal history record search for felony and misdemeanor convictions covering, at minimum, the last seven years in all states lived in;

iii.   a statewide or county level criminal history record search for felony and misdemeanor convictions covering, at minimum, the last seven years in all states lived in; an;

iv.   sex offender registry searches at the county level in every jurisdiction where the candidate currently resides or has resided.

D. Child Abuse: A non-accidental physical injury to a minor, or an injury that is inconsistent with the history given of it, or a condition resulting in maltreatment, such as, but not limited to, malnutrition, sexual molestation or exploitation, deprivation of necessities, emotional maltreatment, or cruel punishment.

E. Child Neglect: The abandonment or denial of proper care and attention (physically, emotionally, or morally) of a minor, or the permitting of a minor to live under conditions, circumstances, or associations injurious to the minor’s well-being. (Connecticut General Statutes § 46b-120(6))

F. Minor: Any individual under the age of 18, who has not been legally emancipated.

G. Mandated Reporter: An individual designated under Section 17a-101(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes as someone who is required to report or cause a report to be made of Child Abuse or Child Neglect. All employees of the University, except student employees, are Mandated Reporters under state law.

H. Minor Protection Coordinator: An individual designated by the University to develop procedures to implement this policy and best practices for the protection of minors involved in University Sponsored activities involving minors , and to provide coordination, training, and monitoring in order to promote the effective implementation of this policy.

4.  Reporting Child Abuse or Neglect

Pursuant to state law, all University employees (except student employees) are Mandated Reporters of Child Abuse and/or Child Neglect and must comply with the reporting requirements in Connecticut’s mandated reporting laws. (Connecticut General Statutes Sections 17a-101a to 17a-101d)

Connecticut state law, requires that reports of known or suspected child abuse or neglect be made orally, as soon as possible, but no later than 12 hours to law enforcement or the Department of Children and Families (DCF), and followed up in writing within 48 hours.

DCF’s 24-hour hotline for reporting suspected Child Abuse or Child Neglect is (800) 842-2288, and additional guidance on these reporting requirements may be found here: http://www.ct.gov/dcf/cwp/view.asp?a=2556&Q=314384. (Last accessed 2/11/2016.)

University employees are protected under state law for the good faith reporting of suspected Child Abuse or Child Neglect, even if a later investigation fails to substantiate the allegations.

In addition to this statutory reporting requirement, University employees must also comply with any other University policies that impose additional reporting obligations, such as the Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Interpersonal Violence.

5.  Requirements for University Sponsored Activities Involving Minors

To better protect minors participating in activities sponsored by the University, all Programs must meet the following requirements, in addition to any applicable federal, state, or local law, and University policies. Please Note: A more comprehensive description of the following requirements are detailed in the accompanying procedures.

A.   University Sponsored activities involving minors must register with the University’s Minor Protection Coordinator with sufficient advance notice to confirm the requirements of this policy have been met.

B.   No individual, paid or unpaid, shall be allowed to supervise, chaperone, or otherwise oversee any Minor who participates in University Sponsored activities involving minors unless he or she is an Authorized Adult.

C. All University Sponsored activities involving minors must implement standards to safeguard the welfare of participating minors, and must also comply with University standards included in the accompanying procedures.

D. All University Sponsored activities involving minors are subject to periodic audits to verify compliance with this policy and the accompanying procedures.

E. Any exceptions must be requested with sufficient notice and approved in writing by the Minor Protection Coordinator in consultation with Minor Protection Oversight Committee prior to the start of program operations.

6.  Enforcement

Violations of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary measures in accordance with University By-Laws, General Rules of Conduct for All University Employees, applicable collective bargaining agreements, and applicable Student Code.

Policy History

Policy Created: April 1, 2016 [Approved by the President’s Cabinet]

Procedures

Procedures for the Protection of Minors and Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect Policy can be found at: http://minorprotection.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1652/2016/03/Procedures-for-the-Protection-of-Minors-and-Reporting-of-Child-Abuse-and-Neglect.pdf.