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Indiana University has adopted a new policy aimed at protecting children participating in campus-sponsored programs on the Bloomington campus.
Recent allegations of child abuse at Penn State University have become a driver for IU to craft this new policy. IU spokesperson Mark Land says faculty, staff and visitors must know what is permissible when dealing with children.
“Everybody looks at something like that, and Penn State is a great university, filled with great people, doing the right things, and still they found themselves in a very difficult spot,” he says. “So you have to ask yourself if it can happen there, you know, why couldn’t it happen someplace else?”
Though the policy itself was influenced by the events at Penn State, it seeks to protect children from more than just sexual misconduct. All programs for children must now have protocol for a number of topics, including safe transportation and weather safety.
University Director of Public Safety, Jerry Minger says he believes the additional guidance will allow IU programs directed towards children to continue on campus with a minimum of problems.
“I think the thing that is going to happen is that people will become much more comfortable now knowing that they’re adhering to specific standards within the university and the guidance that’s provided by this policy,” Minger says.