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:
- a police or sheriff's department (including campus police);
Step 2: Within 36 hours of receiving the information concerning the incident:
- Complete Form SS 8572 (Form SS 8572 instructions); and
- send, fax, or electronically transmit it to the agency that was contacted by phone. (Penal Code § 11166(a))
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:
|Employee Type||Contact Name||Phone|
|Staff, MPPs, Student Employees, Volunteers||Lisa McLean, Senior Director of Human Resourcesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Unit 3 Faculty and Unit 11 Student Assistants||Michelle Hunt, Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairsemail@example.com|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.