Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect

Under Governor’s Executive Order #54 (EO #54), all UW System employees are mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect and have an obligation to report directly to the authorities. At UW–Madison, this mandate includes volunteers and contractors working on behalf of the university. As an employee, volunteer, or contractor, it is critical that you understand your obligation to report, what to report, and how to report.

The first step in understanding your obligation under EO #54 is to complete required training on child abuse and neglect:

  • If you are an employee or student, or you otherwise have a NetID, you should complete the Canvas-based version titled Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect (OYP).
  • If you are a volunteer or contractor, or you otherwise do not have a NetID, you should complete the WordPress-based version titled Wisconsin Mandated Reporter Online Training. Make sure you select the “UW System” option.
  • Note: Both trainings are the same. The training you should complete depends on whether or not you have a NetID.

Additional steps in understanding your obligation includes viewing the Office of Youth Protection Report Child Abuse web page. This page outlines your obligation to report, what to report, how to report, and additional training and resources.

Campus Incident Reporting Form

This training introduced the Campus Incident Reporting Form (for Sexual Misconduct and Clery Violations), and described how to complete and submit this form. You must use this form to report the types of incidents you learned about in this training.

Remember to bookmark the link so you have easy access to the form if and when you need it.

Youth & Family Resource Guide

The Office of Compliance created the Youth & Family Resource Guide, which is a resource guide that is focused on the needs of youth participating in UW–Madison programs and activities who have experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, or sexual exploitation.

This guide helps youth and families find the tools and support they need, both on and off the UW–Madison campus. It also provides options for confidential resources, such as counseling or advocacy, as well as non-confidential resources, such as law enforcement or Child Protective Services.

Incident Reporting Obligations in Youth Activities

The Office of Compliance and the Office of Youth Protection have worked together to develop resources to support you in understanding your incident reporting obligations. One of these resources is called the Incident Reporting Obligations in Youth Activities handout. You can save this handout on your computer or phone, print it out, or share it with your colleagues.


  • An incident may fit definitions in more than one category. In order to meet your reporting obligations, you may need to make more than one report.
  • In an emergency, always call 911 first. Make sure everyone is safe before submitting additional reports.


Office of Compliance
361 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Office of Youth Protection
21 North Park Street
Madison, WI 53713

Additional Resources

UW–Madison Police Department
608-264-2677 (available 24 hours)

Dane County Child Protective Services (CPS)
Office hours: 608-261-KIDS or 608-261-5437
After hours: 608-255-6067

UW–Madison Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence 

UW–Madison Policy on Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect

UW-Madison Youth Protection Policy

Office of Youth Protection: Program Staff Trainings

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families: Mandated Child Abuse and Neglect Reporters