New UC Child Abuse & Neglect Policy Updates Mandatory Reporter Categories & Training Requirements

April 30, 2021

To: Principal Officers, Managers, and Supervisors

From:
Steve Stein, Associate Vice Chancellor, Staff Human Resources
Grace McClintock, Assistant Vice Provost, Academic Personnel

Re: New UC Child Abuse & Neglect Policy Updates Mandatory Reporter Categories & Training Requirements

Colleagues,

The University of California is committed to maintaining the highest standards of conduct in the fulfillment of its education, research, public service and patient care mission. The University’s Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Policy, in accordance with California Government Code Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), has identified new categories of University Mandated Reporters. State law and University policy require that Mandated Reporters understand their responsibilities to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect at a University facility, or perpetrated by University personnel, to appropriate internal and external agencies and more broadly encourages any member of the University community to report. Policy now sets training requirements in the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse and/or neglect.

UPDATED CATEGORIES OF MANDATED REPORTERS
The updated policy requires that two additional categories are included as mandated reporters.
  1. Human resources employee, as defined by CANRA, is an employee designated by the employer to accept complaints of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, etc., made under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). A “human resources employee” may include academic personnel staff as well as employees in Human Resources, Title IX, AA/EEO, Employee and Labor Relations, or any other offices who are designated employees to receive complaints of harassment and discrimination based on categories protected under FEHA.
  2. An adult person whose duties require direct contact with and supervision of minors in the performance of the minors’ duties in the workplace of a business subject to FEHA.

As recruitments are being conducted and employees move to positions that are designated as mandated reporters, language will be included in the position descriptions and employees will be provided a CANRA packet and attestation for acknowledgement and signature. 

ALL UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEES
UC policy and state law require that any individual, regardless of whether or not they are a Mandated Reporter, who reasonably believes they have observed murder, rape, or certain lewd or lascivious acts where the victim is a child under the age of 14 years to notify a peace officer (such as a campus or community police officer or a county sheriff) of the potential crime.

REQUIRED TRAINING
In accordance with UC policy and state law, UC Santa Cruz requires any employee who is identified as a Mandated Reporter to complete training in the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse and/or neglect. This training is being updated and will be delivered via the UC Learning Center. Employees who are Mandated Reporters will receive notification via email from LearningCenter@ucsc.edu