UW-Eau Claire is committed to the highest standards in youth protection and safety.
In an emergency or if a child is in immediate danger, call 911.
The University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire policy on Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect outlines definitions of abuse, who must report and how to report an incident.
All precollege and youth program directors, staff and volunteers are required to review and comply with this policy.
- Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection Statute 78 outlines state policy for licensing overnight camps and programs.
- Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Division of Early Care and Education 252 outlines licensing rules for day camps and programs.
- Wisconsin Statutes 49.982(2) and Governor’s Executive Order 54 require that specific professionals and all UW System employees report cases of suspected child abuse and neglect to county child protective services or local law enforcement.
All program staff (UW-Eau Claire employees, volunteers and contractors) are screened and trained before they are allowed to work with minors in a program. Requirements for program staff include:
- Screening | UW–Eau Claire policy requires criminal background checks for employees, volunteers and contractors who hold positions of trust. This includes people with direct access to a vulnerable population such as minors. Employees, volunteers and contractors who work with minors in precollege and youth programs are subject to a criminal background check every two years.
- Training: | Program staff are required to complete safety and youth protection training before the start of a precollege or youth program. This training includes courses in CPR, first aid, preventing sexual harassment and sexual violence, mandated reporting of child abuse or neglect, and youth mental health first aid. All precollege programs also conduct staff training in emergency procedures and communications.
- Supervision | UW–Eau Claire policy outlines minimum staff-to-participant ratios that programs must maintain for all age groups. Ratios depend on the age of the participants, whether programming takes place during the day or overnight, and the level of risk associated with specific activities (for example, water-based activities). The policy also prohibits one-on-one contact between an adult and a minor, provides guidelines for privacy, and forbids inappropriate use of technology.