Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse

The University of Georgia is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of children and the prompt reporting of suspected child abuse or neglect. These instructions outline reporting procedures for University employees and volunteers in alignment with Georgia Law (O.C.G.A. §19-7-5) and University policies for the protection of minors.

Reporting Requirements

All University faculty, staff, students, and volunteers acting in the scope of their employment who have reasonable cause to believe that child abuse has occurred shall immediately (but in no case less than 24 hours) make a report to ALL of the following:

  1. The UGA Police Department (UGAPD) at 706-542-2200 or 911 (emergency);
  2. Their Supervisor, Program Director, or other University official; AND
  3. The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) at 1-855-GACHILD.

DO NOT attempt to investigate a matter further or gather additional information before reporting.

DO NOT rely on a third party to make a report for you.

University Follow-up

Upon receipt of a report, the UGAPD will investigate any suspected child abuse on campus or involving a University employee or volunteer and will follow up with DFCS, as necessary.

University Supervisors, Program Directors, and officials will take immediate action in order to protect the minor, to encourage employee or volunteer compliance with the directives herein, and to work with the UGAPD during any investigation that results from the report. 

Failure to Report

Failure of mandatory reporters to report suspected child abuse is a violation of state law and may subject the individual to criminal penalties. 

Failure of University faculty, staff, students, or volunteers to comply with the directives herein may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination from employment or volunteer service.

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University of Georgia 
Athens, GA 30602-1693
Phone: (706) 542-0006 | Fax: (706) 542-3248
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