Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
Executive Order #54: Reporting incidents of child abuse and neglect at UWRF

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) strives to provide a safe and secure learning and working environment for everyone involved in university activities.  Children come into contact with UWRF employees 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.

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Who?

  • All University of Wisconsin System (UWRF) employees (this includes all UWRF employees, regardless of appointment type or method of compensation) must immediately report child abuse or neglect, if in the course of employment, a UWRF 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.

What?

  • 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.

When?

  • Immediately
    • 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.

How?

  • Contact local law enforcement or a county social services agency:
    • Emergency: 9-911 from a campus phone, or 911 on any off campus phone
    • University Police: (715) 425-3133
    • River Falls Police: (715) 425-0909
    • Pierce County Human Services: (715) 273-6766

What more should I know?

  • You're protected from liability if you make a report in good faith.
  • Training on the particulars will be made available soon (online for all employees, in-person upon request).

UWRF Contact

For General Questions contact:

Connie Smith, MS
Director of Risk Management

25H North Hall
Phone Number:(715) 425-3344
Fax Number:(715) 425-4980
connie.smith@uwrf.edumail