Youth Activity Safety Policy

The University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK) has a strong interest in protecting the safety of youth on our campus; therefore, the University of Nebraska System implemented a Youth Activity Safety Policy in order to provide a safe, educational and enjoyable activity/program experience for all participants. This policy provides minimum specific guidelines for activities sponsored by UNK and for activities sponsored by other organizations but held at the University. Except as noted herein, UNK units may, on their own, adopt policies that are stricter than the policies listed in this document.

If a group has participants under the age of 19. This policy provides minimum specific guidelines for activities sponsored by UNK and for activities sponsored by other organizations but held on UNK’s campus. Completion of a Youth Activity Registration Form is required for all youth events. If an incident occurs involving youth an Incident Reporting Form must be submitted within 24 hours.

Appropriate supervision of youth is of the utmost importance. All activities with youth must have 1 adult chaperone for every 15 youth guests with a minimum of 2 adult chaperones. Adult chaperones must be at least 19 years old and one must be the same sex as the youths. The supervision of youth on campus is the responsibility of the group sponsoring the event and should be entrusted to the adult chaperones. In addition to the guidelines contained within the Youth Activity Safety Policy, all youth activities utilizing UNK Housing facilities must also follow the guidelines listed below:
  • Serve as an appropriate role model and example for youth guests at all times.
  • Escort and monitor youth guests in the dining facilities and residence halls.
  • Live on the floors with youth guests, be present, and monitor all youth activity.
  • Conduct a nightly guest check to confirm that all youth are in their rooms at curfew.
  • Consistently address and eliminate youth guest behaviors that are either inappropriate or unsafe in the residence hall environment.
  • Support any requests or interventions provided by University staff.
  • Report problems, accidents, or incidents to UNK Housing staff immediately.
  • Respond to emergency or crisis situations as needed.


If activities cannot meet these guidelines, prior written approval from the Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance is needed before such activities may be held at UNK. UNK reserves the right to discontinue an activity if found to be in violation of this policy.

For More Information Contact:

Summer Conference Groups: Matt Allbright, 308-865-4800, allbrightmd@unk.edu

Other Groups: Mary Petroski, 308-865-8400, petroskmj@unk.edu