Child Abuse Reporting Policy
All faculty, staff, administrators, student health employees, members of Campus Safety, and any individual who may come into contact with children through any college sponsored program, activity , camp, conference, retreat, academic presentation or any other college programs are required to report incidents of child abuse when they have witnessed and/or have reasonable cause to suspect that a child (under 18 years old) under the care, supervision, guidance or training of any adult on our campus is being or has been abused. If your responsibility is not listed above, but you come into contact with children in the course of your employment, you have a mandatory reporting obligation.
Your primary responsibility under this policy is to make a report as soon as possible utilizing the following procedure:
- First, immediately report the matter to Campus Safety at 717.815.1314 and the Director of Campus Safety at firstname.lastname@example.org. Campus Safety is available 24 hours daily; If for some reason you are unable to contact Campus Safety, contact the Dean of Campus Operations at 717.815.1211, email@example.com. Upon a receipt of a report, Campus Safety must immediately notify the Campus Safety Director, or in his or her absence, his designee.
- Your immediate supervisor. An initial oral report to your supervisor is acceptable, but written detail should be supplied upon request. For athletic staff, reports must also be made to the Director of Athletics.
- College employees who are also registered medical professionals, must concurrently report all injuries caused by suspected child abuse to the local or state police.
- The Director of Campus Safety or his/her designee within Campus Safety is responsible and has the obligation to report suspected child abuse to the Department of Public Welfare. Reports must be made orally, and immediately, to the Department of Public Welfare’s ChildLine at 800.932.0313. The Director of Campus Safety shall notify the reporting employee that the report was made after making the initial oral report to ChildLine. Within 48 hours of reporting to ChildLine, the Director of Campus Safety or his/her designee in Campus Safety must make a written report on forms provided by the Department of Public Welfare (Report of Suspected Child Abuse [CY-47] to the county children and youth agency in the county where the suspected child abuse occurred. The Director of Campus Safety shall maintain records of all reports made under this Policy. In cases where the Director of Campus Safety cannot or is not involved, the Dean of Campus Operations shall be the designated person for purposes of the reporting and recordkeeping obligations hereunder.
- Any person who makes a good faith report of child abuse may not be subjected to retaliation in employment.
There are four categories of child abuse covered under the law:
- Any recent act or failure to act by a perpetrator which causes non-accidental serious physical injury to a child
- An act or failure to act by a perpetrator which causes non-accidental serious mental injury to or sexual abuse or sexual exploitation of a child
- Any recent act, failure to act or series of such acts or failures to act by a perpetrator which creates an imminent risk of serious physical injury to or sexual abuse or sexual exploitation of a child under 18 years of age
- Serious physical neglect by a perpetrator constituting prolonged or repeated lack of supervision or the failure to provide the essentials of life, including adequate medical care, which endangers a child’s life or development or impairs the child’s functioning
- No child shall be deemed physically or mentally abused based on injuries that result solely from environmental factors that are beyond the control of the parent or person responsible for the child’s welfare, such as inadequate housing, furnishings, income, clothing and medical care