Youth Protection Policy Overview
The Youth Protection Policy represents a code of ethics which all volunteers and staff are expected to observe.
The Primary Purpose
The Youth Protection Policy is to ensure the safety and well-being of all youth participants, their families, volunteers and paid staff. Every new volunteer and all paid Extension staff participate in a process that fulfills the requirements of this policy.
In North Dakota, volunteers with the NDSU Extension Service are considered 'unpaid staff' when they are functioning in an official capacity on behalf of the NDSU Extension Service.
The responsibility for the well-being of children lies with each and every one of us. The North Dakota State University Extension Youth Protection process is designed to help us carefully select volunteers who work with our youth development programs.
Please direct your questions to:
Brad Cogdill, Chair
Center for 4-H Youth Development
FLC 219, Dept. 7280
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Phone: (701) 231-7259
Fax (701) 231-8568
A prospective volunteer's acceptance as an NDSU Extension Service volunteer is contingent on:
- Clearance through the North Dakota Child Abuse Information Index
- Clearance through the North Dakota Office of Attorney General Convicted Sex Offenders and Offenders Against Children - Public List
- And satisfactory results from the reference and review process
Every six years...
Volunteers and staff are required to resubmit a Behavioral Expectation Code of Ethics and a Volunteer Information for Recertification form.