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: 336- 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 Office of Institutional Integrity and General Counsel or UNCG Police for help.
- Office of Institutional Integrity and General Counsel
- Email: Youth Programs Compliance – email@example.com
- Phone: (336) 334-3067
- UNCG Police
- EMERGENCY: (336) 334-4444 or 9-1-1
- Non-emergency: (336) 334-5963
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org