Understanding Reporting Obligations
If, as part of your employment at Villanova University, you come into contact with children (under age 18) you must report suspected and/or confirmed child abuse. Any abuse you actually know about, see or have reason to suspect should be reported.
Students and volunteers of Villanova University who accept responsibility for a child as an integral part of a program, activity or service sponsored by Villanova also have child abuse reporting obligations.
- Notice to Villanova Faculty and Staff regarding December 31, 2014 PA Law and Policy changes
- Notice to Villanova Students regarding December 31, 2014 PA Law and Policy Changes
We strongly encourage all members of the University Community to carefully review the Villanova University Child Abuse Reporting Policy.
- Full instructions on how to report can be viewed here.
The definition of child abuse is set forth in the policy. In general, reportable child abuse encompasses intentional or reckless actions or omissions that cause, or are reasonably likely to cause: bodily injury, death or serious mental injuries to a child; sexual abuse/sexual exploitation of a child; or serious physical neglect of a child.