Oregon State University employees and volunteers who work with individuals younger than 18 must adhere to the Youth Program Policy and Guidelines. This document, which is currently being revised and enhanced, outlines policies, requirements and best practices to help keep youth, faculty and staff safe. Updated policies will be shared when available.
All OSU youth-serving programs (youth outreach programs, athletic camps, enrichment camps, etc.) are required to submit participant data and certify compliance to the provost annually. Current reporting and compliance procedures are being revised and enhanced, and updated reporting processes will be shared when available.
The Office of Youth Safety & Compliance offers resources to those who work with youth at Oregon State. The following training content outlines the expectations of adults working with youth, including guidelines for supervision of youth programs, reporting procedures for suspected child abuse and the OSU policy on sexual misconduct and discrimination.
249 Snell Hall
Director of Youth Safety & Compliance
Eric Cardella previously served as the chief operations officer for the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk counties, where he supported the safety and well-being of more than 12,000 youth each year through camps, athletic leagues, after-school programs and targeted initiatives. He serves on the Governor’s Youth Development Council, helping to promote policy and steer funding toward programs that focus on equity and address barriers to education and professional success. Cardella has also coordinated state-wide service learning and civic engagement initiatives at The University of Montana through Montana Campus Compact. As a two-term AmeriCorps alum, he supported K-12 literacy and conflict resolution initiatives in rural North Carolina, and helped out-of-school youth earn their high school equivalency and gain job skills in Eastern Washington.