This information is essential for protecting children involved in University programs and events. Western is committed to the prevention of child/elder abuse, harassment, and bullying.
Risks of Non-Compliance
- Failure to report suspected child abuse can perpetuate a serious criminal situation involving a child
- Failure to adhere to program standards can put a child’s health/safety at risk
- University liability and risk of law suits (including possible individual civil suits)
- Institutional reputational harm
Primary Compliance Requirements
- When a University employee (including student employees) observes, learns about, or has reasonable cause to believe a child or vulnerable adult has been abused during a University sponsored program, that employee must report in accordance with written procedures.
- Any University department head that has a program, event, or activity involving children or vulnerable adults must ensure it is registered with the University and conduct a risk assessment to be reviewed by the Risk Manager.
- Employees and students must comply with University policy regarding bringing their child to the classroom or workspace.
PRO-U5315.21A Registering a Child-Related Program
PRO-U5315.21B Reporting Concerns of Child or Vulnerable Adult Abuse or Neglect
PRO-U5315.21C Reporting Concerns of Child or Vulnerable Adult Harassment, Intimidation, or Bullying
FRM-U5315.21A Registration Form for Child-Related Programs
Directors of departments responsible for a specific program involving children.
Paul Mueller, Director of Risk, Compliance, and Policy Services
RCW 26.44 Abuse of Children