Because of the change in the Iowa Code effective July 1, 1996, related to availability of criminal history, a review of the ISU Extension Child Protection and Safety Policy was deemed necessary. A group of county extension council and county 4-H committee members and ISU Extension field staff met, reviewed existing policy, and made a set of recommendations to the ISU Extension Administration.
The ISU Extension Administration has accepted the recommendations as presented, as of April 7, 1997.
1. The Child Protection and Safety Policy is supported. There is the expectation that all county extension councils and units of ISU Extension will be supportive of this policy and program.
2. All new staff and volunteers appointed/placed on or after September 1, 1995, are to have a completed background screen.
3. Volunteers who were serving in their volunteer role prior to September 1, 1995, and "grandparented" under the CPSP policy are not to be screened.
4. Staff who were appointed to their ISU Extension position prior to September 1, 1995, and "grandparented" under the CPSP policy are not to be screened. Staff members who feel strongly that a background screen ought to be conducted on them may initiate a request to ISU Extension Human Resources.
5. All volunteers and staff involved with the Youth and 4-H program of ISU Extension are to participate in an annual educational program/briefing related to child abuse, helping children deal with violence, risk management, and topics related to creating the safest possible environment for the youth participating in the Youth and 4-H program of ISU Extension.
6. The cost of the background screen conducted through the Iowa DCI will continue to be accomplished on a cost sharing basis with ISU Extension sharing at the 50 percent level beginning September 1, 1997.
Policy -- 1A
April 25, 1997