Executive Order 54
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Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh prioritizes safety and strives to provide a safe learning environment for everyone. Children come into contact with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh through various programs, camps, and events. On Dec. 19, 2011, the Governor signed Executive Order #54, which requires that all University of Wisconsin System employees must report incidents of child abuse and neglect.
- All University of Wisconsin System (UWS) employees (this includes all UWO employees, regardless of appointment type or method of compensation) must immediately report child abuse or neglect if, in the course of employment, a UWS employee:
- Observes an incident or threat of child abuse or neglect, or
- Learns of an incident or threat of child abuse or neglect and has reasonable cause to believe that child abuse or neglect has occurred or will occur.
- Any suspected abuse (physical, sexual, emotional abuse, or the manufacture of methamphetamine) or neglect of any person under 18 years of age must be reported to local law enforcement or a county social services agency.
- Do not delay making a report in order to gather evidence; the agency to whom you make the report will determine whether such an investigation is warranted.
- It is acceptable to quickly collect additional information that is readily available (such as talking to coworkers who also interact with that child) or to verify that the information learned meets criteria for reporting, but this must be done very promptly.
- It is better to report without all relevant information than to delay a report to collect information.
- Contact local law enforcement or a county social services agency:
- Emergency: 9-911 from a campus phone, or 911 off campus
- UWO Police: (920) 424-1216 (non-emergency)
- Oshkosh Police: (920) 236-5700 (non-emergency)
- Winnebago County Sheriff: (920) 236-7300 (non-emergency)
- Department of Human Services for Winnebago County: (920) 236-4600
- Direct contact for Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting: (920) 236-4615
What more should I know?
- You’re protected from liability if you make a report in good faith.
- If the abuse or neglect occurs in connection with a UWO activity or at UWO, you must also report it to a Dean, Director, or Division Head (though you may seek assistance from a supervisor).