Joint Policy on Reporting Suspected Child Abuse

 

 

JOINT POLICY ON REPORTING SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE FOR

THE COLLEGE OF SAINT BENEDICT AND SAINT JOHN'S UNIVERSITY

 

I.          PURPOSE, SCOPE, AND DEFINITION

A.        Purpose. The purpose of this policy is to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of children. The College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John's University (SJU) have zero tolerance for child abuse in any form.

B.         Scope. This policy applies to all students, faculty, and staff of CSB and SJU.  Other individuals or organizations engaging in or conducting activities associated with CSB and/or SJU or doing business at or with CSB and/or SJU are required to comply with the provisions of this policy, as determined by the College and University.  The policy applies to the CSB and SJU campuses, all properties owned or leased by either CSB or SJU, and all off-campus sites at which students, faculty, or staff or other associated individuals of either institution participate in College or University sponsored activities, including study abroad programs.1

C.        "Child." For the purposes of this policy, a "child" is any minor, defined by law as an

individual under the age of 18.

D.        "Associate."  For purposes of this policy, an "associate" is any individual or organization engaging in or conducting activities associated with CSB and/or SJU or doing business at or with CSB and/or SJU, including members of Saint John's Abbey or Saint Benedict's Monastery.

 

II.        REQUIRED REPORTS OF MALTREATMENT OF CHILDREN (PHYSICAL ABUSE, SEXUAL ABUSE, OR NEGLECT)

A.        ALL EMPLOYEES AND STUDENTS MUST REPORT SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE TO CSB OR SJU.

CSB and SJU cannot stop child abuse unless its representatives are made aware of suspicions or allegations regarding it. Therefore, all CSB and SJU students, faculty, staff, and associates who suspect any physical or sexual abuse or neglect of a child on campus or in connection with any CSB and/or SJU event, program, or activity are required to immediately report the issue to at least one member of the Child Protection Report Team. (Contact information is listed below in the appendix to this policy.)

 

CHILD PROTECTION REPORT TEAM

CSB/SJU Human Rights Officers CSB/SJU Human Resources Director

CSB/SJU Provost

CSB and SJU Divisional Vice Presidents

CSB Security Director

SJU Life Safety Services Director CSB/SJU Director, Experiential Learning & Community Engagement

CSB and SJU Deans of Students

Dean & Rector of SJU School of Theology

 

1 This policy is as comprehensive as possible, but it is not possible to foresee every situation. If you have questions, about this policy, you should speak with a Human Rights Officer or another member of the Child Protection Team.

Students, faculty, staff, and associates are required to make reports of suspected physical or sexual abuse or neglect to the Child Protection Report Team regardless of whether they witnessed the suspected abuse directly or whether the suspected abuse was reported to them by another. When any member of the Child Protection Report Team receives such a report, she or he shall promptly share the report with the other members of the Child Protection Report Team, and the President and Title IX Coordinator of each institution. 2   CSB and/or SJU will investigate the incident and take immediate measures to protect the child or children of concern. In addition to reporting to a member of the Child Protection Report Team, all students, faculty, staff, and associates are encouraged (and some faculty, staff, students, and associates must  - See Part II.B. below) report their concerns about possible child neglect or physical or sexual abuse to law enforcement authorities or to Stearns County Human Services.

CSB and/or SJU will report the incident to law enforcement or a local child welfare agency in accordance with applicable law.

Students, faculty and staff who fail to make a required report in violation of this policy, will be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion from school for students or termination of employment for faculty and staff.  Discipline will be administered in accordance with the applicable student, faculty or staff handbook at their institution.

In addition to the reports of child abuse that are required by this policy, students, faculty, staff, and associates are strongly encouraged to report to a member of the Child Protection Report Team any verbal or other conduct by students, faculty, staff, or associates towards a child that may cause emotional harm to the child. CSB and SJU acknowledge that it may be difficult to define what types of verbal abuse or other conduct may harm a child.  Questions about whether a report should be made may be directed to any member of a Child Protection Report Team.  CSB and SJU are firmly committed to helping children and to providing a positive environment for children that is free of verbal or emotional abuse.

 

B.         MANDATORY REPORTERS REQUIRED BY MINNESOTA LAW TO REPORT SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT.

In addition to the internal reporting requirement specified in Part II.A., the Minnesota Child Abuse Reporting Act (Minnesota Statutes § 626.556 at https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=626.556) requires that the following employee groups (which may include students) also immediately report suspected  child abuse (including physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect) to local law enforcement authorities :

·    All Faculty

·    Cabinet members

·    All Student Development staff

·    All Admission and Residential Life staff

·    All coaches and assistant coaches

·    Any employee who works with children

·    Any employee who supervises students who work with children

·    Any employee who works in the CSB Security or SJU Life Safety offices

·    Any other professional in the field of education, healing arts, psychological or psychiatric treatment, social services, or law enforcement

 

2 Because of the significant interaction between students and employees of CSB and SJU, CSB and SJU have determined that reports of suspected child abuse at one institution shall be shared with members of the Child Protection Report Team and the President from the other institution so that each institution can take appropriate responsive measures.

Legally-specified reporters must provide an immediate verbal report to law enforcement and within 72 hours must provide a written report. Individual criminal penalties may result from failure to make a required report.  Contact information for making a report to law enforcement authorities is provided in the appendix to this policy.

CSB and SJU faculty and staff who travel to different parts of the country and world should know that different states and different countries have different laws with respect to reporting suspected abuse. Faculty and staff are responsible for inquiring into and knowing reporting requirements, as applicable.

CSB and SJU seek to support all employees who are required to make reports under state law.  If you have questions about your duties as a mandatory reporter, you may seek assistance from the Human Rights Officer(s), the Human Resources Director, or your institution's Title IX Coordinator.  CSB and SJU expect all employees to comply with applicable law in addition to reporting suspected abuse to CSB or SJU.

 

C.        REPORTS OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY REQUIRED.

 Possession of Child Pornography is a crime for which CSB and SJU have zero tolerance.  Any CSB or SJU student, faculty, or staff who suspects that a CSB or SJU student or employee is in possession of or accessing child pornography on the college or university campus, in connection with any CSB or SJU event, or by using college or university property including, but not limited to: computers, servers, phones, or other resources, must immediately report their concerns to a member of the Child Protection Report Team.  A mandatory report to the police, the county sheriff, or the local child welfare agency is also required under Section II.B. in instances where the faculty or other staff member listed in II.B. knows the individual depicted in the pornography and knows that the individual is a minor.

D.        NO RETALIATION.

 CSB and SJU will not retaliate against any student, faculty or staff who makes a good faith report of suspected child abuse under this policy, and retaliation by any community member (student or employee) is strictly prohibited.  Encouraging others to retaliate also violates this Policy.  Any student, faculty or staff member who feels they have been retaliated against for making a report under this policy or for participating in an investigation should contact the Human Rights Officer(s), Dean(s) of Students, or the Human Resources Director. Students, faculty and staff who are found to have engaged in retaliation against another employee or student, in violation of this policy, will be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion from school for students or termination of employment for faculty and staff, in accordance with the applicable student, faculty or staff handbook at their institution.

 

APPENDIX: CONTACT INFORMATION.

LEGAL AUTHORITIES

Stearns County Sheriff's Office

807 Courthouse Square, Rm S100, St. Cloud MN 56303

Phone: 320.259.3700

Stearns County Human Services

705 Courthouse Square, 2nd floor, St. Cloud MN 56303

Phone: 320.656.6000

St. Joseph Police

25 College Ave N, St. Joseph, MN 56374

320-363-8250

 

 CHILD PROTECTION REPORT TEAM

 

COLLEGE OF SAINT BENEDICT

Faculty/Staff Human Rights Officer

Judy Bednar, jbednar@csbsju.edu, 320-363-5071

Student Human Rights Officer

Brandyn Woodard, blwoodard@csbsju.edu,

(CSB: 320-363-5455) (SJU: 320-363-3799)

Human Resources Director

Carol Abell, cabell@csbsju.edu, 320-363-5511

Security Director

Darren Swanson, dswanson@csbsju.edu, 320-363-5000

Director, Experiential Learning &

Community Engagement

Marah Jacobson-Schult mjacobsonsc@csbsju.edu,

320-363-5117

Provost

Rita Knuesel, rknuesel@csbsju.edu,

(CSB: 320-363-5022) (SJU: 320-363-3146)

VP for Student Development

Mary Geller, mgeller@csbsju.edu, 320-363-5051

VP for Admission & Financial Aid

Calvin Mosley, cmosley@csbsju.edu, 320-363-3036

VP for Planning & Public Affairs

Jon McGee, jmcgee@csbsju.edu, 320-363-5287

VP for Finance & Administration

Susan Palmer, spalmer@csbsju.edu, 320-363-5298

VP for Institutional Advancement

Kimberly Motes, kmotes@csbsju.edu, 320-363-5220

Dean of Students

Jody Terhaar, jterhaar@csbsju.edu, 320-363-5270

 

 

                                                          SAINT JOHN'S UNIVERSITY

Faculty/Staff Human Rights Officer

Judy Bednar, jbednar@csbsju.edu, 320-363-5071

Student Human Rights Officer

Brandyn Woodard, blwoodard@csbsju.edu,

(CSB: 320-363-5455) (SJU: 320-363-3799)

Human Resources Director

Carol Abell, cabell@csbsju.edu, 320-363-5511

Life Safety Services Director

Shawn Vierzba, svierzba@csbsju.edu, 320-363-2144

Director, Experiential Learning &

Community Engagement

Marah Jacobson-Schulte, mjacobsonsc@csbsju.edu,

320-363-5117

Provost

Rita Knuesel, rknuesel@csbsju.edu

(CSB: 320-363-5022) (SJU: 320-363-3146)

VP for Student Development

Doug Mullin, dmullin@csbsju.edu, 320-363-2737

VP for Admission & Financial Aid

Calvin Mosley, cmosley@csbsju.edu, 320-363-3036

VP for Planning & Public Affairs

Jon McGee, jmcgee@csbsju.edu, 320-363-5287

VP for Finance & Administration

Dick Adamson, radamson@csbsju.edu, 320-363-3164

VP for Institutional Advancement

Rob Culligan, rculligan@csbsju.edu, 320-363-3388

Dean of Students

Michael Connolly, mconnolly@csbsju.edu, 320-363-3171

Dean of the SJU School of Theology

Bill Cahoy, bcahoy@csbsju.edu, 320-363-3182

Rector of the SJU School of Theology

Michael Patella, mpatella@csbsju.edu, 320-363-2108

Approved 09/28/2012