There are 200+ programs offered by the University or held in University facilities annually, with an estimated 94,000 minors in attendance. Our goal is to provide a safe and secure experience for all people in the UW community. The University of Washington does not tolerate child abuse. Suspected perpetrators of child abuse, including University employees, volunteers, or students, may be removed from the premises and may be subject to arrest and criminal prosecution. Employees, volunteers, or students who engage in child abuse in the workplace, or who use University facilities, property, or resources to engage in child abuse are subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal from employment, engagement, or from educational programs.  For more information visit the Youth at UW website.  

Please review our Minors at the UW Flyer.

UW Employees and Volunteers as Mandated Reporters

In June of 2012, Washington State’s Abuse of Children Law was amended to include all higher education employees as mandated reporters of suspected child abuse or neglect. Under Executive Order 56: Reporting Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect, all University employees and volunteers who have reasonable cause to believe that a child has suffered abuse or neglect must immediately report the suspected abuse or neglect to law enforcement or the Department of Social and Health Services.

Compliance Services

Compliance Services provides support to advance the safety of minors at the UW including,

  • Developing policies, standards and guidelines
  • Helping define roles and responsibilities for staff and academic personnel
  • Providing training and education, including information resources for program and initiatives involving minors

How to Report

Policies and Laws