Guidelines for students and RSOs doing activities off campus or working with local organizations on campus

So your RSO has decided to take a field trip, run errands for the club, volunteer as a group, or host an event on campus with a local organization.  There are a few quick steps you need to take as you begin the planning process.

1.      Complete RSO online waiver.

2.      If you are driving a college vehicle or your personal car for RSO business, make sure you are a registered driver!  Credentialing only takes a few minutes and lasts for a full year. 

3.      If you are working with children on or off campus, complete the Five College Safe Child Training (link to a new page with the information below).  It takes about 20 minutes and will help you learn more about how to keep children safe and where to report concerns that arise.

4.      If you are bringing kids to campus for a one-time event or weekly activities, the child’s parent or guardian needs to complete a waiver (see attached document, which will also be linked). 

RSO e-board members are expected to manage the steps in the process and work with Student Activities to make sure that all of the steps are completed before the program begins. 

The Center for Community Engagement has practical tips for entering a new community and resources for students looking to make things happen on and off campus.


Safe Child Training


Amherst College takes seriously the safeguarding all children, young people, and vulnerable adults involved in our programs or on our campus. Accordingly, the College requests that you, as an individual who will be working with minors on our campus, complete the following online course provided by our Insurer, United Educators. We have provided the login information for your convenience. 

§  Protecting Children: Identifying and Reporting Sexual Misconduct

We also encourage all individuals working with minors to take a moment and watch a nine minute video titled Shine a Light. If you would like to report any suspected misconduct involving a minor, or have questions regarding your reporting obligations, you are welcome to contact any of the following parties:

·         Campus Police – 413.559.5424 (24 hours)

·         General Counsel’s Office – / 413.542.5706

·         Risk Management – / 413.538.3092

·         Amherst Police Department – 413.259.3000 (24 hours)

·         Massachusetts Department of Children and Families – 1.800.792.5200 (24 hr hotline)

Our office is certainly available to answer any other questions you may have.

Five College Risk Management

To begin training, follow these steps:

1)      Go to

2)      Returning users to EduRisk should log in with their current username/password and skip to Step 4. First-time users of UE training courses should select the Registration option on the lower half of the screen.

a.       Use your Amherst email address as your username and enter the required demographic information, ignoring optional fields.

b.      Click “Register.”

3)      After clicking Register, you will receive a welcome email from EduRisk with your temporary password.

a.       Follow the link in the email to sign on.

b.      You will be prompted to enter a new password.

4)      Once you are logged in to your account, be sure to navigate to the child safety specific training, Protecting Children: Identifying and Reporting Sexual Misconduct

5)      Program managers and directors for programs that have staff are also encouraged to take the second module, "Hiring Staff Who Work With Minors."

Tips for Completing Courses

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§  Note: The system is currently NOT compatible with mobile devices such as iPads.

Need Help?

If you have any issues with sign-in or accessing the courses, or if you did not receive your welcome email from EduRisk, visit the EduRisk Support Portal at Or click any Support Portal link on the site.

Thank you for your time and cooperation in completing this essential training program.