Important Updates

To align with university directives and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all in-person activities, events and programs must be in compliance with University COVID safety protocols. Refer to the Campus Maize & Blueprint for the most up-to-date guidance.

Effective September 14, 2021 the Children on Campus policy has been expanded to include all study team members who interact with children as research participants.

Administrative Requirements

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Program Development: Supervision

  • All programs must establish a plan for adequate supervision
  • The plan must:
    • Identify the person having responsibility over all authorized adults serving in the program
    • Meet staffing requirements and ratios
    • Specify curfews, visitor rules, and acceptable free-time activities
  • Adults providing supervision or care to children must be at least 19 years of age;
    at least one adult must be 21 years of age or older
  • Children may not be unattended or in the care of a person who is not a program-authorized adult

  • “Line-of-sight” supervision is expected
    • At least one authorized adult should be able to see all children under his/her supervision at all times
    • Line-of -sight supervision can be modified for children at least 16 years of age
      • Requires regular check-ins, curfews and clearly defined allowable locations and activities
  • Adults providing supervision or care to children must be at least 19 years of age;
    at least one adult must be 21 years of age or older
  • Children may not be unattended or in the care of a person who is not a program-authorized adult
  • Avoid being alone with a child without a third person present (including electronic communication)
  • If program needs require privacy, find space in an area where you can be seen by others

Minimum Supervision

Age Range Number of Adults Number of Children
Infant-2 years 1 6
2 years-5 years 1 8
5 years-9 years 1 10
10 years-13 years 1 12
14 years+ 1 20
  • Required supervision ratios may be waived or modified by the Risk Management Services
  • Higher or lower supervision ratios may be advisable depending on:
    • The age of the children
    • The nature of the activities
    • The location of the activities
    • Other special needs or circumstances

Overnight Supervision

Lower ratios for overnight supervision may be approved by Risk Management Services if:

  • Children will be in U-M facilities
  • Children are at least 12 years of age
  • At least one adult is able to remain in the vicinity and maintain line-of-sight vision of children’s rooms
  • There is a sufficient number of adults to respond to an emergency
  • Additional adults are on call