Protecting Minors

Boston University is committed to maintaining a safe environment for all members of the University community. The safety and well-being of minor children visiting University facilities and participating in University-sponsored programs/activities requires particular vigilance.

What to Do if You Have Concerns Regarding the Safety of a Minor

If you suspect that a minor participating in any BU-sponsored or affiliated program/activity has been abused or neglected, or you have any concerns regarding the safety of a child, take the following steps:

1. Contact Law Enforcement: Notify the Boston University Police Department (BUPD) immediately at 617-353-2121. Remain with the minor until help arrives.If you are off the main campus, call 911 or local law enforcement. Remain with the minor until help arrives.
2. Complete the online Reporting Form The online Reporting Form should be filled out no later than four hours after initial BUPD contact. 

The Report Form should always be completed when someone knows, suspects, or receives information that the health or safety of a minor participating in any BU-sponsored or affiliated program/activity may be at risk (including suspected abuse or neglect). Concerns may include a specific incident that occurred on/off campus, a suspicion of abuse or neglect, or a suspicion that a minor may be a threat to himself/herself or to others.

When you press send, the form will automatically be sent to the Boston University Police Department and the email address managed by Human Resources. 

3. Contact the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families Use the Child-at-Risk Hotline, any time of the day or night, at 800-792-5200.
4. Notify a BU Employee with Authority Promptly notify your supervisor, program director/operator, or dean, when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

BU Policies

Policies and procedures to guide the conduct of University students, faculty, staff, and volunteers working with minors are available on our Policies website.

Definition of a Minor

A minor is any person under the age of 18 who is not a matriculated Boston University student and is unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Frequently Asked Questions