Reporting Child Abuse or Neglect
As required by Family Code Chapter 261, any person having cause to believe that a child's physical or mental health or welfare has been adversely affected by abuse or neglect must immediately make a report to:
- Any local or state law enforcement agency
- The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
- The state agency that operates, licenses, certifies, or registers the facility in which the alleged abuse or neglect occurred
- The agency designated by the court to be responsible for the protection of children
Immediate Threat to a Minor
Any employee/volunteer who suspects that an incident of child abuse or neglect has occurred or is likely to occur as a part of a Campus Program for Minors or within the university environment, shall immediately notify their supervisor, the Program Operating and/or the Coordinator for Campus Programs for Minors, so that any immediate response required to assure the safety of minors can be taken. This obligation is in addition to the duty to report suspected child abuse under Texas law and Section 5.3 of this SAM. Any report made under this Section 5.3.1 should also be reported to the campus police department (of campus where incident took place) and General Counsel.
If there is no immediate threat to the health or safety of a minor and the reporter wishes to remain anonymous, the matter should be reported as soon as practicable at the Fraud and Non-Compliance Hotline website or by calling the Fraud and Non-Compliance Hotline at 1-866-843-4379. This obligation is in addition to the duty to report suspected child abuse under Texas law and Section 5.3 of SAM.