The intention of this policy is to inform and provide awareness to each Longwood University faculty, employee, volunteer, administrator and person who have contact with minors at a Longwood University sponsored event, of the responsibilities each person has in reporting suspected child abuse and neglect.
The Code of Virginia §63.2-1509 provides that persons, who in their professional or official capacities, have reason to suspect that a child is being abused or neglected are required to report instances of suspected child abuse and neglect to the local Social Services Department or to the Department of Social Services (DSS) Toll-free child abuse and neglect hotline 1-800-552-7096.
In 2012, the Virginia General Assembly (SB239) added "any person employed by a public or private institution of higher education" to the list of "mandated reporters" set out in §63.2-1509 of the Code of Virginia.
Mandated Reporter: 1) is a person that is required by law to report suspected child abuse or neglect. 2) any person that is of 18 years of age that completes the approved DSS Child Abuse and Neglect web training. §63.2-1509(A) (13).
This definition includes all persons employed by Longwood University.
Child abuse and Neglect: The Code of Virginia §63.2-100 defines an abused or neglected child as any child under 18 years of age whose parent or any person responsible for his or her care:
Penalties: If a mandated reporter fails to do so, the person may be fined $500 for the first failure and $1,000 for all subsequent failures to report. Any mandated reporter who fails to report suspected acts of child rape, sodomy, or object penetration may be found guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor. Va. Code §63.2-1509 (D).
Furthermore, any person who files a report pursuant to this law or who testifies in a judicial proceeding arising from such report is immune from any civil or criminal liability or administrative penalty or sanction, unless the person acted in bad faith or with malicious purpose. Va. Code §63.2-1509 (C).
The online training course "Mandated Reporters: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect" is available through the Department of Social Services at the following:
Current Link: http://www.dss.virginia.gov/family/cps/mandated_reporters/cws5692/index.htm (Note: if link is not working please contact Longwood University Human Resources)
Approved by the Board of Visitors, September 14, 2012