Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

The University of Wisconsin Colleges strives to provide a safe and secure learning and working environment for everyone involved in university activities. Children come into contact with UW Colleges employees through various programs, camps, and events. On Dec. 19, 2011, the Governor Scott Walker signed Executive Order #54, which requires that all University of Wisconsin System employees must report incidents of child abuse and neglect.

Definitions and Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect

See the Definitions page for more information on the following:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional Damage
  • Neglect


  • Report Immediately to a local law enforcement or county social services agency. (link to map)
  • 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. 

Additional Information

  • You’re protected from liability if you make a report in good faith.
  • In addition to reporting to law enforcement or child protective agency (services?) you also must report to the campus dean, or associate or assistant deans.
  • You are responsible for making sure that the suspicion and/or incident is reported.
  • You are reporting with reasonable suspicion that abuse or neglect is occurring…you do not need proof.
  • Employee/volunteer training will be made available soon.

For General Questions Contact:

Interim Associate Vice Chancellor Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
University of Wisconsin Colleges
432 N. Lake Street
Madison, WI 53706
Office: (608) 263-7217

Additional Resources

UW Colleges Child Abuse and Neglect Policy

Executive Order #54

Executive Order #54 FAQ

Mandated Reporter Online Training

UW System Child Safety Resources

Child Abuse and Neglect Program