Oregon State University is dedicated to offering physically, psychologically and emotionally safe environments for all youth. To support that mission, the newly established Office of Youth Safety & Compliance within the Division of Student Affairs will be enhancing existing youth policies and guidelines and ensuring accurate accounting of the youth participating in OSU programs. Safety processes and the compliance structure will focus on protection of minors, who are not enrolled in OSU classes, but participating in OSU youth programs on and off campus. 


Oregon State University employees that work with youth 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.

View current policies

Submit Data

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.

Submit prior year's data

Register a program


The Office of Youth Safety & Compliance offers resources to those who work with youth at Oregon State. The following training explains the expectations of adults working with youth, guidelines for supervision of youth programs, reporting procedures for suspected child abuse and the OSU policy on sexual misconduct and discrimination.

View training


Office of Youth Safety & Compliance

249 Snell Hall



Eric Cardella
Youth Safety & Compliance Director

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, and as an AmeriCorps member supported K-12 literacy and conflict resolution initiatives in rural North Carolina, plus helped youth earn their high school equivalency and gain job skills in Eastern Washington.