Parents and Families

Princeton University takes seriously its commitment to promoting a safe and welcoming environment for Minors participating in University sponsored programs and activities and non-University programs that occur on campus. The University's Policy for Programs Involving Minors provides the framework that programs are required to follow in order to facilitate successful and safe programming. It establishes standards, procedures for reporting suspected abuse and neglect of Minors, and obligations for the operation of Covered Programs, which include registration, background checks and training. 

  1. We are educating member of the University community and those who run programs on campus about the warning signs of abuse and neglect.
  2. We have established clear requirements for reporting known or suspected abuse or neglect of Minors.
  3. We have created guidelines and a training course for working with Minors.
  4. We are requiring training on the protection of Minors for those who will maintain care, custody and control of Minors. 
  5. We are requiring certain categories of Adults who participate in programs or activities involving Minors to clear criminal background checks and sex offender registry checks.
In addition to the steps the University has taken, there are important things that you can do to protect your child:
  1. Make sure that you understand your responsibility to report issues:
    1. Call 9-1-1 if you suspect that there is immediate danger to any child.
    2. Let the University know promptly by contacting the Princeton Department of Public Safety (609-258-1000) if your child expresses concern about behavior that my be abusive or neglectful. 
    3. In New Jersey, any person having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been subjected to abuse or acts of abuse should immediately report this information to the State Central Registry (SCR). Princeton University's Department of Public Safety Officers will assist you in calling the 24-hour hotline for reporting child abuse and neglect (1-877-NJABUSE or 1-877-652-2873). A concerned caller does not need proof to report an allegation of child abuse and can make the report anonymously.
  2. Talk to your child using age-appropriate language about the following:
    1. The difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching.
    2. The fact that children can say NO to any touch they don't want and that they should trust and pay attention to their feelings and ask questions when they feel uncomfortable.
    3. The fact that children can and should speak up if they ever feel unsafe.

Reporting duties

Abuse is the physical, sexual or emotional harm or risk of harm to a child under the age of 18 caused by a parent or other person who acts as a caregiver for the child.

Neglect occurs when a parent or caregiver fails to provide proper supervision for a child or adequate food, clothing, shelter, education or medical care although financially able or assisted to do so. 

Princeton University expects all faculty, staff, students and volunteers in University programs and activities to report incidents of abuse or neglect they witness, suspect, or of which they are made aware. Youth, parents, guardians and community members are also encouraged to report any incidents of abuse or neglect that they witness, suspect, or of which they are made aware. You do not need to conduct your own investigation or be certain that mistreatment has occurred. Anyone who reports in good faith receives legal protection from retaliation. 


What should you do if you suspect abuse or neglect?

In case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1 immediately. In addition, you must take these steps:

Step 1: Call the Princeton University Department of Public Safety at 609-258-1000.

Step 2: Officers from the Department of Public Safety will assist you in calling the 24-hour hotline for reporting child abuse and neglect (1-877-NJABUSE or 1-877-652-2873).


You should make a report...

  1. If you know or suspect that a Minor is suffering abuse or neglect.
  2. Regardless of who the suspected culprit may be - family member, teacher, religious leader, student, or coach, well-respected or not.
  3. Regardless of where the abuse or neglect may be occurring (in the home, at Princeton University, or elsewhere).