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?


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

  • Should I report?

    • What if I am not sure?

      • It is common for someone to be unsure if a report should be made.

      • It is OK to talk to someone else (supervisor/program coordinator) who can help to determine if a report is necessary; however talking to someone else may not delay reporting of an incident.

      • Any person making a report of child abuse or neglect in good faith is immune from civil or criminal liability that results from the report.

  • Who do I call?

    • Reports must be made in person or by telephone to the following:

      • UW-La Crosse University Police

        • 789-9000 (office)

        • 789-9999 (for emergencies only) staffed 24 hrs

      • Call 911 if the child is in imminent danger

  • How do I know when to file a report?

    • Obtain only enough information to decide whether a report is needed.

    • Suspicion is enough.

    • Child Protective Services or law enforcement will investigate.

    • Inform your supervisor

  • Who reports and when?

    • Who makes the actual report?

      • The person who has observed or learned of a situation

    • How soon after I receive the information should I make the report?

      • As soon as possible

    • How do I inform the child and/or parents that I will be filing a report?

      • Any report you make is confidential. It is not to be shared with anyone other than your immediate supervisor

  • What will filing a report be like?

    • Campus police may ask you the questions like the ones below as part of the initial report. County Protective Services may follow up with similar questions.

      • What did you observe?  What was reported to you?

        • Specifics of the reported or observed abuse or neglect

      • Where were you located when you observed the behavior?

      • Do you know the individuals involved?

        • Information about the child, parents, suspected abuser (names, address,  phone number, date of birth)

      • Clothing and physical descriptions of those involved

      • Any information received from the child

      • Your contact information 

      • Who you have discussed the situation with?

    • Does every report result in action?

      • No

      • You may not ever learn of the outcome of your report

  • Are reports confidential?

    • Reports should be kept confidential unless a limited exception applies. 

      • In general:

        • The county, local law enforcement may not share any identifying information about a University employee who makes a report

        • The University (and its employees) must keep all related records about the report confidential to

          • Protect child

          • Avoid interest discussions not tied to a necessary purpose

  • What happens after I file a report?

    • Will County Protective Services or Campus Police follow up with me?

      • Perhaps, if they need additional information

    • How will I know if the child is safe?

      • You have taken the important first step of making a report.  You will need to trust in the systems established to protect the child.

    • Will my identity be disclosed?

      • NO!

    • Have I satisfied my employment obligation?

      • Yes, if you have reported in good faith.


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