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?

  • Sexual abuse

    • Sexual abuse of a child includes any of the following:

      • Sexual intercourse or sexual contact with a child under the age of 16 or with a 16 or 17 year old child without his or her consent under Wis. Stat. §§ 940.225, 948.02, 948.025, or 948.085;

      • Sexual exploitation of a child;

      • Permitting, allowing or encouraging a child to violate the statute prohibiting prostitution;

      • Causing a child to view or listen to sexual activity;

      • Exposing genitals or pubic area to a child or exposing a child’s genitals or pubic area;

    • Warning Signs of Sexual abuse

      • Extreme secrecy, compliance, or withdrawal

      • An unusual fear of people from one gender or with specific characteristics (e.g., a deep voice)

      • Very seductive behavior

      • Unusual knowledge about sex for age

      • Sexual play with peers that goes beyond curiosity

    • Questions to consider in evaluating possible sexual abuse

      • Does the child report having sexual contact with another person?

      • Has the child been exploited sexually in some way?

      • Has the child been exposed to sexual content?

      • How is age a factor in these questions?


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