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Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect

The California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) is intended to protect children from abuse and neglect. Executive Order 1083 became CSU policy on January 1, 2013, and was updated on July 21, 2017. The policy requires Mandated Reporters to report child abuse and neglect whenever, in their professional capacity or within the scope of their employment, they have knowledge of, observe, or reasonably suspect it.

CANRA identifies two categories of Mandated Reporters, which CSU has termed:

  • General Reporter – those who are legally required to report child abuse or neglect no matter where it occurs; and
  • Limited Reporter – those who are legally required to report child abuse or neglect only if it occurs on CSU premises or at an official activity of, or program conducted by, the CSU

HR Services and Faculty Affairs are responsible for identifying Mandated Reporters based on the broad categories outlined in CANRA.  As a matter of CSU policy, all Management Personnel Plan (MPP) employees and volunteers are considered Limited Reporters, unless they are in positions that require the General Reporter designation.

Executive Order 1083, revised 7/21/2017, outlines the reporting requirement and procedure for reporting.  All CSU employees hired after 1/1/1985 who are identified as Mandated Reporters will be required to sign a statement that acknowledges their reporting obligations either as a General Reporter or Limited Reporter. 

Employees who are not designated Mandated Reporters are strongly encouraged to report suspected child abuse or neglect, although they are not legally required to do so.

Procedure for Reporting:

Mandated Reporters are legally required to report suspected child abuse or neglect as follows:

Step 1: Immediately, or as soon as practically possible, contact by phone one of the following:

Step 2: Within 36 hours of receiving the information concerning the incident:

Note: In case of an emergency or if a crime is in progress, employees should always immediately call campus police or 911.

For questions please contact the following:

Contact Info
Employee Type Contact Name Phone Email
Staff, MPPs, Student Employees, Volunteers Lisa McLean, Senior Director of Human Resources 760-750-4418
Unit 3 Faculty and Unit 11 Student Assistants     Michelle Hunt, Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs 760-750-8820

Auxiliary employees and other non-CSU employees are not covered under this Policy but are strongly encouraged to report suspected child abuse or neglect. The auxiliary is responsible for designating their employees and notifying them of their CANRA obligations as an auxiliary employee. For questions please contact Michelle Hinojosa CSUSM Corporation Director of Human Resources at 760-750-4707 or