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SMU Program for the Protection of Minors

SMU welcomes many students, employees, and visitors to campus every day and seeks to maintain an inviting, safe, and secure environment for those on campus or engaged in SMU-sponsored activities. In 2012, Texas passed legislation that requires employees of campus programs for minors attend a training and examination program that addresses the warning signs of sexual abuse and child molestation.

Our goal at SMU is to exceed state standards by requiring that every administrator, faculty/staff member and student worker complete the Program for the Protection of Minors training course within 90 days of being hired.  Employees whose role requires them to be trained under the law must renew their training every two years.

Training Requirements

State Requirement

This training is required by law for any employee working for a camp program that offers recreational, athletic, religious, or educational activities for those not enrolled at SMU and that is operated by or on the SMU campus. Read Texas Senate Bill 1414 to learn who is required to complete the training under the law.

SMU Requirement

SMU has partnered with the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center, a Texas-approved training provider, to host their training on SMU's vendor training platform.

Assignment for the training tutorial will be made automatically on the night the employee's employment information becomes active in my.SMU.  The employee will receive an email, sent by LawRoom on behalf of SMU, announcing the training is available along with information on how to access the training (including a unique user name and password for LawRoom).  The training will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

For reporting purposes on the State Reporting Form, the course completion information for the training program should be identified as Dallas Children's Advocacy Center with a program code of YCO8-0043.

Students and Non-SMU Employees

Students who are asked to complete the training for coursework and internships and non-SMU employees may use any state approved vendor to meet the training requirement. However, SMU has purchased a site license with the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center and can enroll students and non-SMU employees in the DCAC web-based training.  Please work with your SMU Program Coordinator to coordinate this training assignment.  Students and non-SMU employees may access their training certificate by logging back in to the program to view/print their completion certificate. 

Program Coordinators and
Camp Operators (SMU Employees)

The SMU Office of Risk Management hosts information sessions on SMU practices and procedures for SMU employees designated as Camp Operators or Program Coordinators. This in-person session offers instruction on who needs to be informed (in addition to those required by state law), compliance practices for Camp Operators, and records management procedures.

Camp Operators who are also SMU employees should complete the State required form and send it to the Texas Department of State Health Services (see link under Quick Links).  They should provide a copy of the completed/submitted form to their SMU Program Coordinator before the start of camp.  The SMU Coordinator should retain a copy of the form in their departmental files.

Resources

SMU Resources

Training Program for SMU Employees

Training Program for Student Workers:

State of Texas Resources

Other SMU Resources for a Safe and Secure Campus

Camp Operators (Non-SMU Employees)

Camp Operators are responsible for ensuring that their employees have completed the state-required training before the start of the camp and for submitting the state required form to the Texas Department of State Health Services (see link under Quick Links). They should provide a copy of the completed/submitted Department of State Health Services Campus Program for the Protection of Minors form to the SMU Program Coordinator before the start of the camp. The SMU Program Coordinator should retain a copy of the form in their departmental files.

Resources

State of Texas Resources

 

Questions

Contact one of the following:

For Blackboard access and navigation, contact the OIT Help Desk

Email Us Help@smu.edu
Call Us 214-768-4357

For compliance requirements and training for program coordinators/operators, contact the Office of Risk Management

Email Us RiskManagement@smu.edu
Call Us 214-768-2486

For training programs for SMU employees and non-SMU employees, as well as completion results, contact Human Resources

Email Us DevelopU@smu.edu  
Call Us  214-768-3311