Unsupervised Children

An “unsupervised child” is defined as a child engaged in behavior or activity which may be considered potentially dangerous to self or others in a setting where no evidence of adult supervision exists. Dept. of Housing policy outlines the staff response necessary when unsupervised children are identified. The first step requires staff to notify the University Police Department in order to ensure that safe, adequate supervision is provided. An incident report will be completed to document the situation, which may result in disciplinary action.

Caregivers are expected to use common sense in determining at what age children are capable of playing alone on the village grounds. Infants and young children should never be left alone in an apartment or on the playground. Older children should be able to demonstrate to the caregiver the capacity to play alone and interact with other children in the village without exhibiting verbal or physical aggression toward others.

Caregivers are encouraged to establish safety plans for all minor children in which another adult caregiver in the village is identified and available in the event of absence of the parent or guardian. For a detailed explanation of the unsupervised child policy and procedures, refer to the Appendix. Village office staff can also answer your questions about this policy.