UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
UW-River Falls Administrative Policy
Title: Policy for Children in the Workplace
Maintaining the safety and health of UW System employees, students, guests and visitors relies upon the control of hazardous conditions and prevention of unsafe behaviors. When the visitors are children, diligence to guard against unsafe conditions and unpredictable behaviors must be heightened.
The workplace is typically not an appropriate place for children of employees. However, the UW System recognizes that employees may occasionally want to bring children to the workplace for brief visits, specific campus events, situational convenience, or family emergencies.
This policy addresses the factors to consider when allowing an exception for an employee to bring a child to the workplace.
Circumstances in which employees want to bring children into the workplace generally fall into the following acceptable categories:
Abuse of policy. Children are not to be brought to work on a regular basis in lieu of childcare.
High risk areas. Children are not allowed in high risk areas, as defined in this policy, unless an exception has been agreed to by management of the area and the institutional risk officer. Even children excluded from this policy, as defined in the "Exclusions" sections, are not allowed in high-risk areas, unless an exception exists.
For purposes of this policy:
"Child" or "children" means "a person under the age of 18 years of age who is not enrolled in classes at the university."
"Employee" means any employee who has responsibility for a child, as defined above, while in the workplace regardless of the employee's relationship to the child.
"High risk area" includes:
"Management" includes supervisors, managers, managers of work areas, department chairs, deans, provosts, or chancellors.
This policy does not apply to a child who:
Responsibilities. Generally, an employee who brings a child into the workplace shall not leave the child unsupervised. Employees are responsible for verifying with their manager the circumstances under which children are allowed in their specific workplace. If management allows the occasional workplace visit of children to the workplace, both the employee of the child and workplace management must accept responsibilities listed below to protect the welfare of the child and the integrity of the workplace.
Denial of permission. Notwithstanding the exceptions provided by this policy, management has the authority to deny the presence of children in the workplace.
Violations. Any employee who violates this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
The UW-River Falls Chancellor issues this policy in accordance with the Administrative Policy process. The Assistant Chancellor for Business and Finance is responsible for the administration of this policy. Request an exception to this policy by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Failure to adhere to the provisions of this policy may result in appropriate disciplinary action as provided under existing procedures applicable to students, faculty, and staff, and/or civil or criminal prosecution.
Please direct questions about this policy to email@example.com.