To align with University directives and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all in person activities, events and programs involving children should be conducted virtually and in alternative formats until further notice. These changes will remain in effect until otherwise directed by University of Michigan leadership and public health officials. Please check here periodically for resources and updates to support virtual experiences that align with the Children on Campus policy.


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  • Following the Code of Conduct is mandatory for all adults serving children — this includes faculty, staff, students and volunteers
  • Authorized adults or program staff must follow the Code of Conduct to avoid conduct that could cause harm or be misinterpreted
  • The Code of Conduct provides a guide of do’s and don’ts that will help authorized adults and program staff be positive role models for children and teens

The entire Children on Campus Code of Conduct can be read in SPG 601.34 – Policy on Children Involved in University-Sponsored Programs or Programs Held in University Facilities

  • Defined as having children within line of sight
    • Line-of-sight supervision requirements can be adjusted for children at least 16 years of age
    • Requires regular check-ins
  • 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

Overnight Supervision

Lower ratios for overnight supervision if:

  • Children are at least 12 years of age
  • Sufficient number of chaperones to respond to an emergency
  • Chaperones are on call
  • Chaperones are able to maintain line-of- sight vision of children’s rooms

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
  • Higher or lower supervision ratios may be advisable depending on:
    • age of the children
    • nature of the activity (classroom, high-risk activity, etc.)