Overview of University Policies on Child Safety
Policy on Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
It is the policy of the University of San Diego to comply with the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and to require all University employees who are Mandated Reporters under the Act to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as required by the Act.
It also is the policy of the University to require all employees (without regard to Mandated Reporter status) and volunteers to immediately report any known or suspected child abuse or neglect that occurs on campus, in any off-campus University building or property, or in connection with any University-related program or activity in a manner consistent with this policy.
The report shall be made immediately, or as soon as is practicably possible, to the Department of Public Safety at (619) 260-7777.
While University policy requires that a report be made to the Department of Public Safety, an individual who makes a report is not required to disclose his/her identity to the Department of Public Safety.
Failure to comply with the requirements of this policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment. If termination of a faculty member is contemplated, the applicable rules governing dismissal for serious cause will be followed. A Mandated Reporter who fails to comply with the requirements of the Act also may be subject to criminal penalties.
For more information, see the University's Policy on Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect.
Policy on Safety of Minors in University Programs and Activities
University-operated activities and programs in which Minors will be physically present and participating (both on USD property or at off-campus locations) are considered “Covered Programs” and are required to:
- Register the program with HR
- Complete criminal background checks, and
- Complete Child Safety training requirements.
Covered Programs do not include (1) University undergraduate or graduate academic programs in which the only Minors participating in the programs are students enrolled at the University or another institution of higher education; (2) University events (e.g. fairs, festivals, athletic events, artistic events) that are open to the general public and people of all age groups, but at which children may be present or participate; (3) University events, programs and activities at which children are expected to be accompanied and supervised at all times by their parent(s) or legal guardian(s); or (4) activities or programs in which the only Minors who participate are University employees.
For more information, see the University’s Policy on Safety of Minors in University Programs and Activities.