For Staff and Volunteers

Staff and volunteers involved in youth programs on campus should work with their Youth Program Coordinators and Directors to ensure compliance with training and reporting requirements.

Apply to Work with Youth

Apply to Work with Youth


All staff and volunteers must submit an application to the Program Coordinator or Director indicating their request to work with a youth program. Staff and Volunteers are required to provide at least one personal reference and two professional references on their application, and will have a face-to-face interview, background check, and references checked prior to any interaction with Youth.

Application to Work with Youth Program


All individuals who are not a state employed faculty, staff, or student employee, must have submitted a fully executed Volunteer Assignment form.

EHS Volunteer Form


Training for Staff and Volunteers

Training Platform

All required training modules are available via CSU Learn and the Praesidium Academy platform. Once Youth Program Coordinators provide a list of youth program employees and volunteers, Civil Rights & Compliance Office (CRCO) will assign all required trainings through the platforms. Youth Program Coordinators will have access to the platform to track training progress. All trainings must be completed before employees interact with minors as part of the program.

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Required Training

Offenders often act in predictable ways and effective training can provide employees and volunteers with the information needed to identify high-risk patterns of behavior and high-risk program characteristics. Training must be specific, frequent, and useful and it must teach how offenders operate, how to recognize suspicious or inappropriate interactions or policy violations and suspected abuse, and how to respond effectively.

  • Keeping Your Higher Ed Program Safe (Praesidium)
  • Preventing Sexual Activity Between Young Children (Praesidium)
  • Preventing Bullying (Praesidium)
  • Clery Activities for Campus Security Authorities (Clery Center)
  • Mandated Reporters of Child Abuse (United Educators)
  • Gender Equity and Title IX (United Educators)

Additional training required for camps

  • Keeping Your Day Camp Safe (Praesidium)

Code of Conduct

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Code of Conduct for interacting with minors outlines the minimum expectations we hold for youth program personnel.

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Reporting and Responding

Reporting and Responding Procedures

Basis to Report

CSU Executive Order 1083 “Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect” requires all University employees, campus community volunteers and independent contractors, regardless of their status as a mandated reporter as defined by California law, who, in the course of their University business or volunteer activity, have reasonable suspicion of child abuse, as defined by California law, must make a report as outlined in this policy.

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Reporting Resources

  • Who is required to report
  • What is required to be reported
  • How to report
  • And more...
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Reporting Other Issues

If you would like to report other issues or concerns related to youth programs at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, please contact Youth Protection Programs at (805) 756-5455 or by emailing us at