Policy: Children on Campus (

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Part 1. Purpose

The Rochester Community and Technical College campus (including Winona State University-Rochester) is a diverse environment of classrooms, offices, laboratories, recreation and other common areas.  Visitors to campus are welcome and encouraged.  However, appropriate precautions and limitations on visitations are necessary to protect health and safety and to maintain productivity and regulatory compliance.  For the purpose of this policy, a child is defined as a person under the age of 16 and is not enrolled as a Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) or Winona State University – Rochester (WSU-R) student.


  • Children are not permitted in classrooms.  Exceptions may be granted, for a limited period of time, by obtaining prior approval from the faculty member responsible for the class.  Children are not allowed in areas where dangerous equipment is operated and/or where chemicals, cleaning products, solvents or any hazardous products are stored or used.  As casual visitors to the open campus areas, children shall not be restricted except when being disruptive.
  • No employee, student or visitor to the College shall leave a child unattended at the campus, including in buildings, on campus grounds, or in a vehicle.  Nor should a child be left with a College employee unless that child is enrolled in an authorized program of the College.
  • Children shall not be present at an employee’s workplace (e.g. office, classroom, shop, etc.) in lieu of other child care arrangements during the employee’s work hours.  Exceptions may be granted on an emergency basis for a specified and limited period of time by appropriate supervisor or designee.
  • When a child is present in the classroom or work place, it is the responsibility of the parent/accompanying adult to ensure the children do not unduly disrupt the educational or work setting.

Date of Implementation: Immediate
Date of Adoption: October 14, 2005
Revisions: 9/23/14; 5/18/16