Summer Programs and Camps
Staff Background Checks and Age Recommendations
This is the fifth of seven sections of the online orientation. This section provides recommendations for the age of counselors and describes the process and deadlines of mandatory Staff Background Checks.
All counselors must be 18 years or older. The Summer Safety Oversight Group recommends that counselors be 19 years of age.
Background checks are required for all staff who spend time alone with campers or supervise youth groups 17 years of age and younger. This is for the safety of your staff as well as participants in University of Michigan programs.
University Housing will send Background Check forms to the program organizer to be completed by the hiring department. Each staff member who will be residing in a residence hall or supervising youth groups must sign the authorization form. Make a copy of the form and send the original to Jesse Johnson, University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security (U-M DPSS), 1239 Kipke Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. University Housing will send you the results of the background checks.
Periodic checks will be conducted to ensure that background checks have been submitted for your staff. Additional or replacement staff hired during the course of the camp must also have background check forms.
The deadline for submitting forms to the U-M DPSS and Security is two weeks prior to the start date of the program. This ensures that the information is processed before beginning your camp.
You do not have to submit all the forms together. To keep the process moving, forward the completed forms as you hire staff.
If you have any questions about the background check forms or process, please contact:
University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security
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