The Library Conforms with the Human Resources Policy Concerning Children in the Workplace (6.8.1)
Tennessee State University is a
state-supported university committed to developing student excellence and
promoting an educational environment conducive to learning. To achieve these
objectives, university policy prohibits the presence of children in the
workplace for other than official university activities involving children.
Employees with dependent children are expected to make regular arrangements for
proper care of their children while at work.
This policy is established to avoid
disruptions in job duties of the employee and co-workers, reduce personal and
property liability, and help promote the learning environment of the
A. Employees and supervisors must
consider issues of safety, confidentiality, disruption of operations,
disruption of services, disruption to other employees, appropriateness, and
legal liability, as well as sudden emergency, posed by the presence of children
in the workplace. Therefore,
employees are prohibited from bringing minor children on campus during working
B. It is the responsibility of
managers and supervisors to ensure that the work of the campus is accomplished
in an environment that promotes employee health and safety and minimizes
D. It is inappropriate to allow
workplace visits by children, whether supervised or unsupervised.
E. Supervisors may grant a one-time
exception for a temporary, unforeseen emergency, but no parent or relative can
have a child in the workplace without the supervisor's permission or use the
workplace as an alternative to childcare or for any other purpose. When
authorized, the accompanying adult must supervise the children at all times.
F. Supervisors may direct an employee
to remove a child from the workplace. In this event, the employee will be
charged with leave for any time that he or she is absent from his/her assigned
station. Supervisors may make exceptions for holiday parties and "Take
Your Child to Work Day."
G. No minor may ever be allowed into
an area that is potentially hazardous (i.e., where hazardous equipment,
human-derived materials, radioactive materials, etc., are located); such
prohibited areas include workshops and laboratories, areas where chemicals are
stored, and plant rooms.
H. Children exhibiting symptoms of
potentially contagious illnesses should not be brought into the workplace.
Provision for sick children should be made within the context of various forms
of leave available to staff: leave relating to caring for a sick family member
(sick leave), annual leave, or unpaid leave. No child can be left unaccompanied
by an adult in the work place, and any employee who brings a child to the work
place and leaves him or her unattended in an office, room, hall, lounge,
restroom, lunch area or elsewhere will be subject to discipline, up to and
I. Institutional computers are
university property and vital equipment, intended for use only by employees in
the course and scope of assigned duties. Computers are not to be used as a toy
or entertainment for visiting children.
J. As used in this policy, the terms
"minor" and "children" are defined as any individual who
has not reached the age of 18. For purposes of this policy, difficulty or
inability in arranging childcare does not constitute an emergency.
K. The University does
not accept any liability for injuries to children who are on campus in violation
of this policy.