SU Child Abuse Reporting Policy

Policy on the Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect

Policy VI-1.50
Salisbury University

I. Policy Statement

The purpose of this Policy is to provide guidance to staff, faculty and students of the Salisbury University (“University”) community regarding the mandatory requirements in Maryland law and Maryland Attorney General opinion that govern the reporting of suspected cases of Child Abuse and Child Neglect, and to affirm the commitment of the University to the protection of the safety and welfare of children who come into contact with the University Community.

This Policy is implemented as directed by the University System of Maryland (“USM”) Policy on Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect. The reporting requirements addressed in this Policy implement the mandatory Child Abuse and Neglect reporting provisions of the Family Law Article of the Maryland Annotated Code, Sections 5-701 through 5-708, as they apply to the University. A Maryland Attorney General opinion expands beyond requirements in the Maryland Code to require Maryland state agencies, including the University, to report suspected Child Abuse or Neglect disclosed by the victim who is now an adult with the purpose of protecting other minors who may be at risk for Child Abuse or Neglect by the perpetrator.

II. Scope

This Policy applies to the University Community as that term is defined in this Policy. Failure to report as provided in this Policy may have serious legal implications for the University Community member and the University, and may result in disciplinary action.