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The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh strives to provide a safe and secure learning and working environment for everyone involved in university activities. Children come in contact with UWO employees through various programs, camps, and events. On Dec. 19, 2011, Governor Scott Walker signed Executive Order 54, which requires all University of Wisconsin System employees, volunteers and contractors to report incidents of child abuse and neglect learned of in the course of their work with UW Oshkosh.

UW Oshkosh Policy

For the most updated versions of these policies please check the Faculty/Academic Staff Handbook.

Online Training

The Office of Equal Opportunity, Equity & Affirmative Action recommends all employees take Executive Order 54 Online Training through the Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System website. The university does not track your completion, if you need proof of completion make sure to print your certificate before exiting the training.

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Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh prioritizes safety and strives to provide a safe learning environment for everyone. Children come into contact with UW Oshkosh through various programs, camps and events.

All University of Wisconsin System (UWS) employees (this includes all UWO employees, regardless of appointment type or method of compensation) must immediately report child abuse or neglect if, in the course of employment, a UWS employee:




  • Observes an incident or threat of child abuse or neglect OR
  • Learns of an incident or threat of child abuse or neglect and has reasonable cause to believe that child abuse or neglect has occurred or will occur
Any suspected abuse (physical, sexual, emotional abuse or the manufacture of methamphetamine) or neglect of any person under 18 years of age must be reported to local law enforcement or a county social services agency.
IMMEDIATELY Do not delay making a report in order to gather evidence. The agency to who you make the report will determine whether such an investigation is warranted. It is acceptable to quickly collect additional information that is readily available (such as talking to coworkers who also interact with that child) or to verify that the information learned meets criteria for reporting, but this must be done very promptly.




It is better to report without all relevant information than to delay a report to collect information.

Contact local law enforcement or a county social services agency:




  • Emergency: 9-911 from a campus phone or 911 off campus
  • UWO Police: (920)424-1216 (non-emergency)
  • Oshkosh Police: (920) 236-5700 (non-emergency)
  • Winnebago County Sheriff: (920) 236-7300 (non-emergency)
  • Department of Human Services for Winnebago County: (920) 236-4600
  • Direct contact for Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting: (920) 236-4615
Additional Information
You are protected from liability if you make a report in good faith. If the abuse or neglect occurs in connection with a UWO activity or at UWO, you must also report it to a Dean, Director or Division Head (though you may seek assistance from a supervisor).

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