Minors on Campus
I. Presence of Minors on Campus
Minors come to Maryville University (the University)’s campus for a variety of reasons. They may visit as prospective students once they graduate from high school, come as participants on field trips or community service projects, or come to attend camps or athletic events. Whatever the reason for their presence, Maryville University personnel are to be particularly vigilant regarding their safety and security. This duty increases as the University’s role in their care, custody or control while on campus increases.
II. Reporting Suspected Abuse or Neglect
Consistent with Missouri law, it is the University’s policy that anyone who has reasonable cause to suspect that a minor child has been or may be subjected to abuse or neglect or observes a child being subjected to conditions or circumstances that would reasonably result in abuse or neglect shall immediately report that suspicion to the Campus Public Safety Office at 314-529-9500. That office will ensure that a report is made to the Children’s Division Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline Unit (1-800-392- 3738). This, however, is not meant to preclude the person having the suspicion from making that report on his or her own as well. Similarly, nothing herein precludes making a report to a law enforcement agency or juvenile office, but any such report does not take the place of reporting or causing a report to be made to the Children’s Division hotline.
- For purposes of reporting suspected abuse or neglect under this policy, a minor child is any person under the age of eighteen years old.
If there is reason to believe that the victim of the abuse or neglect is a resident of another state or was injured as a result of an act that occurred in another state, the report may be made to the child protection agency of that other state having authority to receive such reports pursuant to that state’s laws in lieu of reporting it on the Missouri Children’s Division Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline. If that other state’s agency accepts the report, no report is required to be made, but nevertheless may be made, to the Missouri hotline.
“Reasonable cause” does not require that the individual making the observation conduct an investigation prior to making the report of his or her suspicion that a child has been abused or neglected or is at risk of it.
Missouri law grants any person making a good faith report of suspected child abuse or neglect immunity from any liability, civil or criminal, that might otherwise result by reason of such action.