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ERIC Number: ED510570
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 38
Abstractor: ERIC
Minors on Campus: Underage Students at Community Colleges
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
Fall 2005 enrollment data show approximately 73,000 students under the age of 18 enrolled in California community colleges. Given that students under the age of 18 are legally considered minors, community college faculty and staff are often uncertain about their roles and responsibilities for these students. Laws governing the opportunities for minors on community college campuses and the responsibilities colleges have for them while they are enrolled come from California Education Code, California Penal Code, and California Welfare and Institutions Code. Issues related to minors on community college campuses can be divided into three areas: parental, health and safety, and curricular issues. This paper begins with a discussion of Education Code, Title 5 Regulation, and legal advisories issued by the California Community College System Office. The paper then raises issues related to the presence of minors on campus, which leads to a section on the local senate's role in discussion on campuses and the creation of policies and procedures that will support the presence of minors on campus while providing campuses with policies and procedures that should be in place. The next section takes the form of "frequently asked questions" (FAQs) to provide faculty and staff with an easy way to find answers to common questions. This paper concludes with recommendations for dealing with issues concerning minors that remain ambiguous. Appended are: (1) Resources; (2) Recommendations from the Minors in Higher Education Task Force--for consideration by the Consultation Council (April 2003); and (3) Code and Regulation. (Contains 1 footnote and 6 sources.)
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges. 555 Capitol Mall Suite 525, Sacramento, CA 95814. Tel: 916-445-4753; Fax: 916-323-9867; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: Support Staff; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: California Education Code; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974