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Mandatory Reporting

Oregon state law states that community college employees must report when a child has suffered abuse or a person has abused a child. Learn how.

How to Respond

When there is "reasonable cause to believe" that a child has suffered abuse or that a person has abused a child, we are required to report to the Department of Human Services (DHS) or local law enforcement.

This legal obligation applies 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even outside of work time and in any location.

Chemeketa Policy

In addition, Chemeketa Policy #2470 requires all college employees, including student employees, to report any of these incidents to the President's Office, executive dean or the Human Resources director when the incident is in any way connected to Chemeketa.

This requirement applies to cases of abuse that allegedly occur on campus/property, on property owned or leased by the college or while members of the faculty, staff or student body are participating in a college connected activity off campus. Reporting to the college does not satisfy the legal duty to report to DHS or local law enforcement.

Review this document for more information and these examples of situations at community colleges.

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