Executive Order #54

How can I tell when Executive Order 54 applies?

Executive Order 54 applies when an employee observes or learns of an incident of child abuse or neglect. Click the headings below to learn how to identify when to report.

Am I an Employee?

  • Employee is any UW-La Crosse (UW System) employee; including students, staff, and faculty.

Am I dealing with a child?

  • Child - For purposes of reporting child abuse and neglect, a “child” is a person who is less than 18 years of age.

Is there concern of abuse or neglect?

  • Physical abuse

    • Physical abuse is defined as “physical injury” inflicted on a child by other than accidental means by any other person including:

      • Lacerations

      • Fractured bones

      • Burns

      • Severe or frequent bruising

    • Warning Signs of Physical abuse

      • Bruises around the cheeks, abdomen, thighs, or midway between the wrist & elbow

      • Bruises that are different colors

      • Bruises that are in the shape of an object

      • Bruises on multiple parts of the body

      • Adult-sized, human bite marks

      • Burns, especially from objects like cigarettes & irons

    • Questions to consider in evaluating possible physical abuse - you can use these warning signs & the questions below to help determine if a report needs to be made

      • Does the student’s explanation for the injury make sense to you?

      • Is the student evasive about sharing how the injury occurred?


How to report an incident and what to expect when you determine a report should be made.


Go back to print and sign Executive Order 54 compliance form or to view the powerpoint