540.9 Reporting Suspected Child Abuse
||College instructors, administrators, and other employees with responsibility for direct interaction with a child, are considered to be mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse. This means that they have a legal and ethical duty to report child abuse to state authorities. (A child is defined as any person under 18 years of age.)
||If an instructor, administrator, or other employee who is a mandatory reporter has reasonable cause to suspect that a child has been or may be subjected to abuse, that person must immediately notify the Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline at 1-800-392-3738.
||Following a report of abuse, employees have a duty to cooperate with investigators from the Division of Family Services and law enforcement authorities.
||Child abuse is defined as any physical injury, sexual abuse, or emotional abuse inflicted on a child other than by accidental means by those responsible for the child’s care, custody, or control.
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