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Handbook of Operating Procedures
Chapter 9 - General Provisions
Publication Date: February 7, 2000
Responsible Executive: VP for Business Affairs

9.13 Unsupervised Children on Campus

The presence of young, unsupervised children on The University of Texas at San Antonio campus has become a growing problem for the University in carrying out its on-going functions and in providing for the safety of these children while they are on the campus. These children include pre-college age students not registered for classes who are involved in various University programs or using the UTSA Library; children of UTSA students, faculty, and staff; and children who live near the campus.

In order to insure that the normal functioning of the University is not impaired and that the safety of all children on campus is provided for, it is necessary to establish certain requirements governing the presence of pre-college age children on the UTSA campus. These requirements are as follows:

  1. All pre-high school age children on the UTSA campus must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult. It is the responsibility of the parents or other responsible adult to make appropriate off-campus arrangements if these children cannot be accompanied at all times while on campus.

  2. Due to the larger number of students involved, all pre-college age students not registered for classes who are otherwise participating in a University program must be supervised at all times while they are participating in that program.

  3. High school age students not participating in University programs may utilize University facilities such as the Library, the University Center, and the University bookstore without supervision as long as they meet behavioral standards expected of UTSA students. When using these facilities, all high school age students must be accompanied by a responsible adult or by a registered UTSA student. High school age students not meeting behavioral expectations will be asked to leave the UTSA campus.

  4. Children twelve (12) years of age and younger, not participating in UTSA sponsored programs, are prohibited from laboratories and other areas where significant potential safety hazards and liabilities exist and where strict safety precautions are required. Unsupervised children twelve (12) years of age and younger are prohibited in areas that might include but not be limited to storage rooms, equipment rooms and certain athletic facilities such as training rooms, courts, fountains, swimming pools and playing fields.