Dear Faculty and Staff: Several weeks ago, we announced that the University’s ongoing virus surveillance testing program would transition from repeated testing of all students to large-scale “freedom from disease” sampling of the residential campus population. Faculty epidemiologists from the…
Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance Adds New Youth Program Compliance Coordinator
Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance, a department within Campus Safety and Emergency Services, has hired Sarah Ross Cappella as the youth program compliance coordinator. The position was created as part of the University’s commitment to provide an open and safe campus environment for all, including minors. The protection of minor policy is intended to ensure the safety of minor participants in on-campus youth programs.
In her new position, Cappella will oversee all aspects of registrations and tracking for all University-affiliated youth activities, including validating compliance with youth protection requirements. Most importantly, Cappella will provide orientation, training and other information resources for departmental representatives and youth program staff to ensure compliance with the new policy and advance University initiatives.
The policy—a key part of the Division of Business, Finance and Administrative Services’ enterprise risk management program—aims to reduce minors’ exposure to reasonably foreseeable risk by training minor program staff and volunteers and identifying all participating minors, staff and volunteers. Risk Management asks all University programs that involve and host minors to register with the department at least 30 days before the start date. Program volunteers and staff are required to attend minor safety training with Risk Management and pass background checks within six months prior to the program start date. All programs with minors are required to register with Risk Management.
Cappella, a Syracuse native, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management at Siena College and a master’s degree in counseling in higher education at Syracuse University. Before joining the Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance team, Cappella most recently held the position of associate director in the Office of Student Activities.