In accordance with BOG Governance Rule 1.7 Rule on Child Protection, if any member of the University community observes or has reasonable cause to suspect any type of child abuse or neglect, including physical or sexual abuse, he or she must immediately report the circumstances to the Title IX Coordinator in the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
If you suspect abuse or you suspect someone is grooming a child for abuse, you must trust your gut feeling and report it. If you are correct, you have made a difference in a child’s life. “If you see something, say something.” You may report suspected child abuse or neglect to the WVU Title IX Coordinator.File a child abuse or neglect form
Please contact James Goins at the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at
Every member of the university community (including a program staff member) has an obligation to report instances or suspected instances of the abuse of any inappropriate interactions with minors to WVU Police (or your local law enforcement office), the program director, and the Title IX Coordinator immediately. This includes information about suspected abuse, neglect, or inadequate care provided by a parent, guardian, or custodian/caretaker.
Every member has a further obligation under state law to contact Child Protective Services at the local county office in the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources or at the Child abuse and Neglect Hotline (1-800-352-6513), seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day.
Reporting to the Title IX Coordinator will help ensure that all necessary parties are notified. Title IX Coordinator will work with you to make sure all appropriate officials are contacted, including police and Child Protective services.
You do not have to witness the abuse to report it. It is not your responsibility to verify whether a report or suspicion is truly abuse. You are simply responsible for reporting the situation.
Notice that the Policy for children on campus in West Virginia University Programs indicates that you are obligated to report any type of suspected abuse, neglect or inadequate care rather than just child sexual abuse. You are obligated to report potential abuse or neglect, even if the parent or guardian is the suspected abuser.
You may be concerned that you are making a mistake. However, you are protected for reporting a suspicion. Program staff members making a report in good faith will be protected from criminal and civil liability for making the report. Further, it is the policy of the university that no program staff member making a good faith report of suspected abuse or neglect will be retaliated against in the terms and conditions of employment or educational program.