Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect

All CSU employees are designated mandated reporters of child abuse or neglect pursuant to Executive Order 1083. Executive Order 1083 enacts amendments to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA).  CANRA is intended to provide a safe environment for our children and will enhance our own awareness of and responsibly to report suspected abuse and neglect. 

As a designated mandated reporter, whenever you, in your professional capacity or within the course of your employment, have knowledge of or reasonably suspect child abuse or neglect has occurred, you must report the incident. 

         Abuse That Must Be Reported:

  • Physical injury inflicted by other than accidental means on a child
  • Sexual abuse meaning sexual assault or sexual exploitation of a child
  • Neglect meaning the negligent treatment or maltreatment of a child by a parent or caretaker under circumstances indicating harm or threatened harm to the child’s health or welfare
  • Willful harming or injuring or endangering a child meaning a situation in which any person inflicts, or willfully causes or permits a child to suffer, unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering, or causes or permits a child to be placed in a situation in which the child or child’s health in endangered

Your report of suspected child abuse must be made to University Police immediately or as soon as practically possible.  The University Police can be reached at (209) 667-3114.  Mandated reporters are not civilly or criminally liable for their reports (Penal Code § 11167(d)).

After making the report to University Police, employees must complete and submit Department of Justice form SS 8572 (Attachment D of Executive Order 1083) to University Police within 36 hours of coming into information regarding the incident of suspected abuse or neglect.

The Mandated Reporting Coordinator, Dennis Shimek, is available to assist employees in identifying whether there is a reasonable suspicion that abuse has occurred and how to report it, and provide appropriate resources. He can be reached at dshimek@csustan.edu or through the Office of Faculty Affairs and Human Resources at (209) 667-3351.

Please read the Executive Order and Attachments by clicking on the links below:

CSU Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect - Executive Order 1083 (PDF) 

Attachment A – Acknowledgment of Mandated Reporter Status and Legal Duty to Report Child Abuse and Neglect

Attachment B – Certificate of Training Completion

Attachment C – Copy of Penal Code §§ 11165.7, 11166 and 11167

Attachment D – Form SS 8572, Suspected Child Abuse Report form

CANRA Mandatory Reporting FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
This page is being updated as questions are received.

  1. When and where is the training described in EO 1083? 
  2. Can I send you a scanned version of the signed acknowledgement form? 
  3. Why isn't this acknowledgement process being done electronically? 
  4. I don’t come into contact with children during my job.  Why do I have to do this? 
  5. Why is this additional requirement being imposed on me? 
  6. If we report instances to the University Police, what’s the role of the campus Mandated Reporter? 
  7. Will student employees be sent this form and need to complete this form? 
  8. I am an employee and did not receive a form.  What do I do? 
  9. Will students be notified of the new role of faculty members as mandatory reporters? 
  10. How will faculty members know if a student is a minor and, consequently, subject to the mandatory reporting requirement?

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Contact Faculty Affairs and Human Resources

1.  When and where is the training described in EO 1083?
You can access the training through your Skillport portal at: https://ds.calstate.edu/?svc=skillsoft.  Click the My Plan tab, then click EDU: Mandated Reporter.

2.  Can I send you a scanned version of the signed acknowledgement form?
No. The language of the law, and the interpretation by the CSU Chancellor’s Office, does not allow us to accept scanned or electronic originals at this time.  Please forward the signed original paper copy to the Office of Faculty Affairs & Human Resources, MSR 320.

3.  Can't this acknowledgement process be done electronically?
No.  The language of the law, and its interpretation by the CSU Chancellor’s Office, does not allow us to use an electronic process (e.g., the portal, digital signature, scanned copies, electronic signature) at this time.  Please forward the signed original paper copy to the Office of Faculty Affairs and Human Resources, MSR 320.

4.  I don't come in contact with children during my job.  Why do I have to do this?
Please recognize that this law and obligation of employment is placed on you by the legislature in Sacramento as a condition of being a CSU employee. 

Pursuant to a recently amended state law called the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act, on December 21, 2012, Executive Order 1083 was issued and became effective on January 1, 2013.  This change in the law was adopted by the state legislature in Sacramento, and requires CSU employees to report suspected incidents of child abuse or neglect. Executive Order 1083 affects all employees.

5.  Why is this additional requirement being imposed on me?
The State legislature in Sacramento has determined that additional protections are needed to protect children from child abuse or neglect, and that CSU employees can play an important role in helping to stop this abuse.

Pursuant to a recently amended state law called the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act, on December 21, 2012, Executive Order 1083 was issued and became effective on January 1, 2013.   This change in the law was adopted by the state legislature in Sacramento, and requires CSU employees to report suspected incidents of child abuse or neglect. Executive Order 1083 affects all employees.

6.  If we report instances to the University Police, what's the role of the campus Mandated Reporting Coordinator?
While the University Police takes reports, the campus Mandated Reporting Coordinator ensures, among other things, that employees are aware of their obligations and how to fulfill them, that incidents of abuse are properly handled by the University, and that steps are taken to remedy the effects of abuse on victims, and prevent incidents from happening in the future.  The Coordinator can also help employees recognize when a situation rises to the level of needing to be reported.

7.  Will student employees be sent this form and need to complete this form?
Yes. 

8.  I am an employee and did not receive a form.  What do I do?
Email HR_Assistant@csustan.edu with your name and Employee ID number, and we will be happy to generate a form for you as soon as possible.

9.  Will students be notified of the new role of faculty members as mandatory reporters?
Periodic notifications will be sent via Postmaster.

10.  How will faculty members know if a student is a minor and, consequently, subject to the mandatory reporting requirement?
We don’t have an answer for this question yet and are pending guidance from the CSU Chancellor’s Office.  Employees always have the options of simply reporting the abuse and allowing the police investigation to determine appropriate actions.