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Unattended Children on Campus

Administrative Procedure 3.802

Elgin Community College is responsible for providing a safe and positive educational environment free from potential distractions. The college facilities and grounds are inappropriate places for unattended children, and ECC is not liable for visiting children who are without adult supervision. This procedure applies to children of students, employees, and community members visiting campus. Parents of children on campus may be subject to the penalties of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 (705 ILCS 405/2-3, Neglected or Abused Minor).

Parents are responsible for the care of their children on campus. Faculty set policy regarding children in classrooms. Laboratories and computer facilities have policies that do not allow children to enter. ECC staff members are responsible for enforcement of these existing procedures. In other situations that arise involving disruptive behavior by children, every attempt should be made to resolve the issue at its source. If a staff member is unsuccessful or unsure in dealing with a problem, he/she should contact his/her supervisor. If necessary, the ECC Police Department will be asked to intervene. The ECC Police Department will attempt to locate parents of unattended children before contacting the Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS).

For the purposes of this administrative procedure, age shall be determined in accordance with the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 (705 ILCS 405).