Mandated Child Abuse Reporting Policy

Emory University is committed to maintaining a supportive and safe educational environment and to enhancing the well-being of all members of its community, and places importance on creating a secure environment for children. To that end, Emory has adopted a Child Abuse Reporting policy, Policy 4.119 (, that sets forth the requirement and processes for reporting suspected child abuse. The Child Abuse Reporting Policy applies to Emory faculty and staff, including student employees, Emory volunteers, including students, and third parties whose capacity of employment or duties involve interaction with children.

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Unless there is an exception under Georgia law, Emory University requires all Emory University faculty, staff, volunteers, students, and Third Parties to report suspected Child Abuse of which they are made aware in their capacity of employment or duties. Policy 4.119 makes clear that the safety and welfare of a child is paramount, any uncertainty about whether reporting is required should always be resolved in favor of making a report, and that failure to make a report of suspected child abuse may be a criminal offense under Georgia law (O.C.G.A. § 19-7-5).