In November, I wrote to you about the duty we each have as human beings to immediately report to law enforcement any abuse or sexual assault of a child, including reports you receive from others. I also told you we were examining university policies to codify that responsibility for our employees.
Based on that review I have approved a new university-wide policy requiring all employees of KU and affiliates to report to law enforcement suspected sexual abuse of children under 18 years of age that occurs on property owned or operated by the university or in conjunction with a university-sponsored event or activity.
All employees of KU and affiliates are also required to report other suspected physical, mental or emotional abuse or neglect of minors that occurs on university property or in conjunction with university sponsored events or activities to the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.
Please note that some employees have additional obligations to report crimes in accordance with the Clery Act. Employees should visit vpss.ku.edu/cleryact for additional information regarding their obligations under the Clery Act and for Clery Act training.
Additional information regarding reporting requirements, including the appropriate contact information for crime reporting on each campus, is set forth in the policy. I ask that you review this policy and share these requirements with your fellow employees, including student employees, so that they are known across the university.
As I wrote last fall, we each have a moral obligation to look out for the safety of the members of our community, especially when they are children. Please meet that obligation by immediately reporting abuse or suspected abuse to the proper authorities.