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Task Force on Children at UNCG presents report

UNCG serves thousands of children each year, through a wide range of programs. This is part of UNCG’s long heritage of service and community engagement.

Responding to what came to light in 2012 about a pattern of abuse at Penn State, Chancellor Linda P. Brady determined that UNCG should devote a major effort to identifying both best practices and risks that all UNCG programs that serve children should be aware of.

The resulting Task Force on Children at UNCG, led by Vice Chancellor Jim Clotfelter, consisted of 28 members throughout campus. They worked throughout the fall and early winter.

Clotfelter presented the group’s recommendations to the UNCG Board of Trustees March 7.

Clotfelter noted that the UNCG task force did not grow out of any concerns or allegations. Their work was a proactive step.

The task force identified 125 programs and activities at UNCG that serve an estimated 22,200 children and vulnerable populations. These programs range from the long-standing and well-known, such as the UNCG Music Camp, to more recent endeavors such as the Middle College at UNCG. The task force was impressed with the care and expertise their colleagues show in developing and managing the programs and activities.

Six recommendations from the report were presented to the board. Among them: “UNCG policy should expand to all university employees and students the duty to report suspected abuse of children and other vulnerable persons in connection with university-sponsored programs and activities.” Another was that “all faculty, staff and student employees who will be working with such populations in connection with UNCG programs and activities undergo a background check at the beginning of their involvement.”

Additionally, Imogene Cathey, interim university counsel, spoke about lessons that can be drawn from the Freeh Report, regarding what transpired at Penn State.

Several trustees had questions and ideas to consider about procedures the report recommends. The issue and the report are slated to be considered again at the next board meeting.

The full report is available at http://chancellor.uncg.edu/child_task_force/index.htm