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Mandatory Reporting

UW–Madison mandatory reporting requirements

In an emergency or if a child is in immediate danger, call 911.

 

In accordance with the University of Wisconsin–Madison Policy on Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect, all UW–Madison employees (under Wisconsin Executive Order 54), are required to immediately report child abuse or neglect to Child Protective Services (CPS) or law enforcement if, in the course of employment, the employee observes an incident or threat of child abuse or neglect, or learns of an incident or threat of child abuse or neglect, and the employee has reasonable cause to believe that child abuse or neglect has occurred or will occur. Volunteers working for UW–Madison-sponsored programs or activities are also expected to report suspected abuse or neglect.

A UW–Madison employee who is already defined as a mandatory reporter under Wisconsin Statutes 48.981(2)(a) shall comply with the requirements of the state mandatory reporter law.

All UW–Madison faculty, staff, volunteers, and contractors who work with minors in a UW-Madison youth program are mandated reporters and are required to complete the training and report according to Wisconsin Executive Order #54 or Wisconsin Statute 48.981(2)(a).

Reporting options

In an emergency or if a child is in immediate danger, call 911.

Non-emergency phone numbers:

  • UW-Madison Police Department: 608-264-COPS or 608-264-2677
  • Madison Police Department: 608-266-4948
  • Dane County Child Protective Services: 608-261-KIDS or 608-261-5437
  • Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay System (WTRS): 711 from any phone in Wisconsin

Interpretation services: Language interpretation services are available through the UW Police Department, the Madison Police Department, and Dane County Child Protective Services.

Additional campus reporting expectations

If the incident or threat of child abuse or neglect involves an allegation against a university employee or agent (e.g., student, volunteer), or the suspected child abuse or neglect occurred on the UW–Madison campus or during a UW–Madison-sponsored activity, the reporter should also notify one of the following entities in addition to notifying Child Protective Services or law enforcement:

  • UW–Madison Police Department (if not notified previously) at 608-264-COPS or 608-264 2677
  • The Office for Equity and Diversity at 608-263-2378

The purpose of such notification is to alleviate an ongoing threat of harm to a child or children. Such reports shall be maintained in a secure location, and the confidentiality of the reporter shall be maintained to the extent permitted by law or university policy.

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