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Policy Title: Child Abuse Reporting Policy

Summary: Consistent with Iowa Code 261.9, this policy requires anyone who, in the scope of their employment responsibilities, examines, attends, counsels, or treats a child, to report suspected physical or sexual abuse of a child. University Reporters must report child abuse when they see, know about, or reasonably suspect the abuse of a child. A report should be made within twenty-four hours after becoming aware of the suspected abuse. The types of abuse that are required to be reported under this policy include any physical or sexual abuse of a child.

Policy Category: Administration & Operations
Policy Owner: Title IX Coordinator
Review Period: 2 Years
Policy Status: Approved
Effective Date: July 1, 2012

Child Abuse Reporting Policy

CHILD ABUSE REPORTING POLICY

The purpose of this policy is to explain who is required to report child abuse, when child abuse reporting is required, and the process for reporting.  Drake University (“Drake” or the “University”) strives to protect the welfare of minors on its campus.  This includes minors who are on Drake’s campus or participating in off-campus University-sponsored programs.  The scope of this policy is intended to be broad, and any uncertainty about whether reporting is required should be resolved in favor of making a report.

Who must Report

Consistent with Iowa Code 261.9, this policy requires anyone who, in the scope of their employment responsibilities, examines, attends, counsels, or treats a child, to report suspected physical or sexual abuse of a child.  This includes most University employees, including, but not limited to, faculty, coaches, student employees, administrators and staff (“University Reporters”). If you are not sure whether you are required to report, this policy encourages you to err on the side of caution and report.  You do not need to have proof that abuse has occurred in order to be required to report.

This policy does not require reporting of information gleaned during the course of conversations to which professional privilege would otherwise apply under the law (such as attorney/client communications).

When to Report

University Reporters must report child abuse when they see, know about, or reasonably suspect the abuse of a child.  A report should be made within twenty-four hours after becoming aware of the suspected abuse. The types of abuse that are required to be reported under this policy include any physical or sexual abuse of a child.

“Child” means any person under the age of eighteen years.

“Physical abuse” means non-accidental acts or omissions that cause, or fail to prevent, physical injury to a child.

“Sexual abuse” means the commission of a sexual offense according to Iowa law, including rape, sexual assault, molestation, incest, indecent exposure, or exploitation of a child in a manner in which the child is used for gratification or sexual enjoyment by another person.

Reporting Procedures.

In the Event of an emergency, first call 911.

Suspected abuse must be reported to both:

  1. Drake University’s Title IX Coordinator: Phone (515) 271-2982, Email titleix@drake.edu or the Drake University Security Department: Phone: 515-271-2222.

      2.  Department of Public Safety: Phone (515) 725-6010, Email dciinfo@dps.state.ia.us.

When making a report of child abuse under this policy the University Reporter shall provide the following information to the best of their knowledge:

  • Name of the alleged victim(s)
  • Name of the alleged perpetrator(s)
  • Time and date of the incidents being reported
  • Location where the incidents occurred
  • Any additional information known about the abuse

Mandatory Reporters Under Iowa Code 232.69

It is possible that some University Reporters, as well as others who interact with minors who are on Drake’s campus or participating in off-campus University-sponsored programs may be  Mandatory Reporters of child abuse under Iowa Code §232.69.  These individuals have additional responsibilities to report all forms of child abuse as described in Iowa Code § 232.68(2).  Under §232.69, Mandatory Reporters must report suspected abuse to the Department of Human Services. Child Abuse can be reported to the Department of Human Services by calling the toll-free child abuse reporting hotline 24 hours a day: 1-800-362-2178.

The University encourages everybody, including those who are not Mandatory Reporters under Iowa Code §232.69, to report all forms of child abuse to the Department of Human Services in addition to reporting to the Title IX Coordinator and the Department of Public Safety under this policy.

Prohibition on Retaliation.

Consistent with Iowa law, the University will take no retaliatory action against an employee who makes a good faith report of child abuse. 

 

 

July 1, 2012 

Updated May 2, 2018

 

 

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