Visitors In The Workplace

Policy no. I-7

Effective date: 7/01/2017

Scope: executive staff, senior staff, staff, and student employees

Exclusions: faculty


The university values family and work-life balance and strives to be a family-friendly workplace.  Children (under the age of eighteen), family members or friends are welcome for occasional, brief visits in the workplace.  Employees may bring children to appropriate university-sponsored events.  Children are allowed in the workplace when they are visiting in conjunction with a sponsored program by the department or school. Releases by their parents must be signed when they enter the program, example provided in the policy. Supervisors may approve non-routine visits that do not interfere with an employee’s ability to perform his/her work functions, the productivity of a work unit or with the safety of employees or others.  However, children may not visit the workplace if their presence conflicts with departmental policy, or federal or state law.


CWRU is sensitive to employee’s needs surrounding child care; however, due to liability concerns, CWRU cannot permit children in the workplace in situations other than as described above.  Children are not allowed in potentially hazardous work areas (i.e. laboratories), as defined above.  Also, children under the age of sixteen must be accompanied by an adult in the university libraries. As necessary, supervisors may, at their discretion grant employee’s time off to handle child care needs in emergency or unforeseen circumstances.


Supervisors are responsible for the enforcement of this policy in their areas.  Employees who violate this policy may be subject to positive corrective action, up to and including termination.