North Carolina law and UNCG policy require any person 18 years of age or older who becomes aware of or even suspects that a child is a victim of abuse, neglect, or of a sexual or violent offense to report the allegation to the appropriate authorities. See N.C.G.S § § 7B-301 and 14-318.6 (Senate Bill 199). See also the UNCG Minors on Campus: Reporting Policy.
If a minor is at immediate risk of harm or the victim of a criminal act, please contact UNCG Police or the appropriate Police Department immediately by dialing 9-1-1. UNCG Police or the appropriate Police Department will make a final determination as to whether a matter merits further investigation. University community members must not attempt to make such judgments independently of law enforcement. Reporting to University officials does not relieve the obligation of a University community member to also make a report directly to law enforcement in the event the minor is at immediate risk.
Reporting Abuse or Neglect of Minors and Other Incidents
- Under North Carolina law, any person or institution who has cause to suspect that any juvenile is abused, neglected or dependent, or has died as a result of maltreatment, as defined by G.S. 7B-101, shall report the case to the director of Department of Social Services in the county where the juvenile resides or is found, as outlined in G.S. 7B-301.
- Report to local law enforcement if the child is a victim of a violent offense, sexual offense or misdemeanor child abuse under G.S. 14-318.2.
- The North Carolina DSS defines child abuse as “the intentional maltreatment of a child and that can be physical, sexual, or emotional in nature.” DSS defines neglect as “the failure to give children the necessary care they need.”
- Any person or institution who knew or should have known that a juvenile was the victim of a felony or a crime of abuse, and knowingly or wantonly fails to report or who knowingly or wantonly prevents another person from reporting is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Refer to Senate Bill 199 and G.S. 14-318.2.
How to Make a Report
All suspicion, discovery, or disclosure of child abuse must be reported.
Report the following information
- Child’s name, address, age, contact information
- Names of any other minors in the home or otherwise affected
- Nature and event of any injury and known details of the abuse or neglect
- Perpetrators’ name
During disclosure, ask 4 questions
- What happened?
- Where did it happen?
- Where were you when this happened?
- Who else was there?
- Report violent offenses, sexual offenses, or misdemeanor child abuse under G.S.14- 318.2 to local law enforcement in the county where the juvenile resides or is found.
- Report abuse and neglect to the director of the Department of Social Services in the county where the juvenile resides or is found, as outlined in G.S. 7B-301.
- Incidents occurring on UNCG’s campus in Greensboro, NC must be reported to the Guilford County Department of Human Services.
- Main number: 641-3795
- After hours: 1-800-378-5315
- Incidents occurring in other North Carolina locales, must be reported to the local DSS office in the county where the minor resides or is found. A listing of DSS departments can be found in the NCDHHS Local DSS Directory.
- Call 911 if an immediate intervention is necessary.
- This step is only required for those reporting abuse or an incident related to a youth program or activity occurring at or in affiliation with UNCG if a report to DSS or law enforcement other than the UNCG Police Department was filed.
- Reports may involve minors, employees and/or volunteers.
- To document reports of child abuse, neglect, or violent or sexual offenses against minors or any other incidents that happen in a UNCG Youth Program, complete the Youth Programs Incident Report form.
Reportable incidents include:
- A situation or disclosure of abuse or neglect
- Medical concerns and/or injuries to a youth participant where treatment goes beyond basic first aid
- Vehicle accident involving youth program participants
- Behavioral incident for UNCG employees or volunteers including any issue that violates the Conduct Standards for programs working with minors, or any issue that violates a campus rule, guideline or policy
- Behavioral incident for a youth participant that violates the Program rules, guidelines, or code of conduct and requires a response beyond a warning or temporary removal from activities
- Any other concerns related to a Youth Program or Activity in which a minor is participating
Reports can be made in person, via phone, email, or through the online reporting form.
Contact University Compliance or UNCG Police for help.
- University Compliance – email@example.com | (336) 256-2467
- UNCG Police
- EMERGENCY: (336) 334-4444 or 9-1-1
- Non-emergency: (336) 334-5963
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org