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Operations Manual The University of Iowa

PART II. COMMUNITY POLICIES
DIVISION I HUMAN RIGHTS, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, AND EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

(Written to conform to Regents Procedural Guide 3/74; amended 9/93; 10/95; 9/97)

CHAPTER 15: PHYSICAL AND SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN

(1/13; amended 2/14)

15.1 Policy
15.2 Mandatory Reporters
15.3 Encouraged to Report
15.4 Guidance

15.1 POLICY.
Consistent with Iowa Code 262.9(37), all University employees who in the course of employment receive information related to physical or sexual abuse of children must immediately report such information to the University of Iowa Police. In the case of incidents not on the Iowa City campus, local police authorities should also be called in order to avoid any delay in response.

All University employees have the obligation to report under this policy except for professions which retain obligations of confidentiality under accepted codes of ethics. Such professions include:

15.2 MANDATORY REPORTERS.
University employees who are statutory mandatory reporters of all forms of child abuse (not just physical or sexual abuse) under state law must also fulfill their statutory obligation to report to the Department of Human Services as provided by Iowa Code 232.67-70.
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15.3 ENCOURAGED TO REPORT.
University employees, students and visitors who are not statutory mandatory reporters may and are strongly encouraged to report all forms of child abuse directly to the Department of Human Services as provided under Iowa Code 232.67-70.
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15.4 GUIDANCE.
For guidance on child abuse reporting, see University of Iowa Employee Guidance on Child Abuse Reporting.
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