Carnegie Mellon University

Best Practices for Individuals

All Carnegie Mellon students, faculty and staff who work with minors as part of a Carnegie Mellon University affiliated program is considered a role model, and must behave as such. These parties should cause no harm or act in manners that could be interpreted as causing harm. We hold all faculty, staff, and students to the following guidelines when working with children:

  • Abide by all CMU community standards, policies, and procedures. All Responsible Parties programs must ensure members follow all rules and regulations.
  • Avoid using harsh or derogatory language. Do not use any language that would embarrass or humiliate students.
  • Do not use sexually explicit, vulgar, or offensive humor, or humor that can be easily misunderstood. Don’t tease or poke fun.
  • Do not discuss your personal life or problems. Do not engage in sexually-focused conversation with minors. Do not engage in sexually-focused conversations with any party while on duty.
  • Do not forge relationships with program-affiliated minors outside of your registered program or event. Do not meet after program hours or in private places. Do not use your personal accounts on social networking to communicate with students. Do not send private messages to individual students. Do not give your cellphone number to students or share details about your personal life via online media. Do not friend or accept friend requests from program-affiliated minors.
  • Do not engage in inappropriate touching, which includes lengthy embraces, touching in isolated areas or behind closed doors, kissing, tickling, wrestling, piggyback rides, massages and other forms of touching.
  • Avoid giving gifts that are not program-related (e.g., pencil, pen). Do not give a gift of any type to one student and not others.
  • Do not engage in violent behaviors, including hitting, striking, punching, slapping, prodding, kicking, spanking, restraining, or attacking or assaulting in any way.
  • Do not participate in CMU programs for minors while under the influence of alcohol or drugs while on duty, or while in the presence of minor participants.
  • Do not give alcohol or drugs to minors or discuss consumption of alcohol or drugs with minors. (Medicines provided by parents/guardians should be distributed based on medicine distribution guidelines.)
  • Avoid one-on-one situations as much as possible when working with minor students. If you must be alone with a student, make sure you are working in a public setting. If you are in a classroom with a single student, leave the door open.
  • Only adults with valid background certifications and registered with Child Protection Operations should be working with children.
  • If you see something that makes you uneasy between another tutor and student, or two students, report it.