Safety of Minors at UW
There are an estimated 100 programs offered by the University or held in University facilities annually, with an estimated 24,000 minors in attendance. Our goal is to provide a safe and secure experience for all people in the UW Community.
The University of Washington does not tolerate child abuse. Suspected perpetrators of child abuse, including University employees, volunteers, or students, may be removed from the premises and may be subject to arrest and criminal prosecution.
Employees, volunteers, or students who engage in child abuse in the workplace, or who use University facilities, property, or resources to engage in child abuse are subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal from employment, engagement, or from educational programs.
UW Employees and Volunteers as Mandated Reporters
In June of 2012, Washington State’s Abuse of Children Law was amended to include all higher education employees as mandated reporters of suspected child abuse or neglect.
Under Administrative Policy Statement 11.8: Reporting Suspected Child Abuse, all University employees and volunteers who have reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered abuse or neglect must immediately report the suspected abuse or neglect to law enforcement or the Department of Social and Health Services.
Compliance Support Program
This program provides support to advance the safety of minors at the UW including,
- Developing policies, standards and guidelines
- Helping define roles and responsibilities for staff and academic personnel
- Providing training and education, including information resources for program and initiatives involving minors