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Youth Protection and Compliance

Children visit our campus to participate in a variety of programs such as sports camps, theatre productions, academic and personal enrichment programs, tutoring, school field trips and many more.  As such, SUNY Oswego is committed to protecting the safety and well-being of children who participate in College sponsored youth programs whether on or off campus, or for third party organizations who utilize campus facilities for such activities and programs that involve children.

In compliance with the SUNY-wide Child Protection Policy, all members of the campus community – including faculty, staff, students, visitors, and outside organizations that utilize campus facilities to host youth programs are required to adhere to the policies and procedures pertaining to the Child Protection Policy. This website was designed to help program coordinators navigate the Child Protection policy; our campus procedures, including event registration; Child Protection resources that are available to program coordinators; and the responsibilities of hosting a youth program/activity.

To continue to ensure the health and safety of our campus community, all visitors, guests, and/or spectators are required to follow current New York State health and safety guidelines in place.  View masking on campus for more information about Oswego County's transmission rate and the related mask status at SUNY Oswego.  Also, SUNY Oswego has additional information regarding COVID guidance.

Campus Responsibilities


Employees, students, and volunteers who will be responsible for the custody, control and supervision of children during a Covered Activity are required to complete the necessary training prior to the start of the scheduled program.

Sex Offender Searches

Those who will be responsible for the custody, control and supervision of children during a Covered Activity are required to be vetted through the NY State and National Sex Offender Registry prior to the scheduled activity. 

Identification for Covered Persons

Covered Persons must wear and display prominently at all times during the Covered Activity an ID badge that identifies the individual as a Covered Person in the program or activity.

Event Registration

To host a Covered Activity, the sponsoring organization must complete the Registration for Youth Programs/Activities form below. This form should be returned to Melissa Paestella at least 4 weeks prior to the program date. Once the form has been received and reviewed, a meeting will be scheduled to review all requirements for the Child Protection Policy and the Mandatory Reporting and Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse Policy.

Registration Form


Melissa Paestella
Assistant Director for Conference Services and Youth Policy Compliance
Campus Events and Conference Services


135 Marano Campus Center
[email protected]