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?

  • Emotional abuse

    • Emotional abuse is defined as “emotional damage” for which the child’s parent, guardian or legal custodian has neglected, refused or been unable for reasons other than poverty to obtain the necessary treatment or to take steps to ameliorate the symptoms.

    • Warning Signs of Emotional abuse

      • Physical reactions:

        • wetting or soiling themselves, headaches, stomach aches,

      • Emotional reactions:

        • sudden fearful behavior, feelings of having little self-worth, inappropriate emotions

      • Behavioral reactions:

        • social withdrawal, difficulty concentrating, compulsive attention to detail, rocking, head banging, cruelty to animals

      • Severe anxiety, depression, withdrawal, aggressive behavior

      • Substantial change in child’s behavior, emotional response

      • Development of atypical  behavior for age or development


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