Children on Campus
To protect the safety of young visitors and to avoid disruptive behavior, Mid’s Code of Conduct discourages bringing children to campus. However, the College does recognize that there may be times when young children might accompany an employee, student, or visitor to campus. In these instances, the College requires that the child be under the constant supervision of a responsible adult. This means, that there must be an unobstructed line-of-sight between the child/children and the adult, the child should be under control and non-disruptive to the learning/work environment. Additionally, children are prohibited in classrooms, laboratories, testing centers or other areas of instruction.
Children who are taking part in organized, scheduled activities/events, minors who have been admitted to the College, and dual enrolled high school students, may be on campus without adult supervision. Parents/guardians of minor children participating in a scheduled activity or event should consider enrolling in Mid’s visitor emergency notification system to receive text message alerts in the event of campus closure or situations that may warrant the issuance of a timely warning or emergency notification. Incident information and updates would also be posted and available on Mid’s website.
Reporting Suspected Acts of Child Abuse and Neglect
Mid Michigan College works to establish an environment that is safe and secure for all members of the campus community, including minor children. A variety of interactions with minor children occur every day on campus when children are present with guests, visitors, or prospective/enrolled students. Children also actively participate in programs and activities hosted by the College or third parties.This policy is intended to provide guidance to college community members on their responsibilities for reporting suspected acts of child abuse and neglect.
All members of the Mid Michigan College community (including students, faculty, and staff) have an obligation to protect the welfare of minor children and should report suspected acts of child abuse or neglect.Pursuant to the Michigan Child Protection Act 238 of 1975 (MCL 722.623), only certain types of individuals (e.g. school administrators, teachers, law enforcement, child care workers) that have information or reasonable cause to suspect that a child under the age of 18 is being abused, neglected or exploited, are required to file an immediate report. In Michigan these individuals are referred to as ‘Mandated Reporters.’Although these Reporters are specifically designated, any individual that suspects acts of child abuse or neglect should report this information by using the same processes as a Mandated Reporter.
Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
Any person who knows, suspects, or receives information indicating that a minor has been or is being abused, neglected or exploited should make a report to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) by phone access to the Centralized Intake. Reporters are not expected to investigate the matter or determine whether abuse or neglect has actually occurred. They are not required to know the name of the perpetrator.The Michigan Child Protection Law is intended to make reporting as easy as possible. Based on the filed report, Child Protective Services (CPS), a division of MDHHS, holds the responsibility of determining the course of action that should be taken.
A person who makes a good faith report is protected from civil or criminal prosecution and cannot be penalized for making the report or cooperating in an investigation. Additionally, the identity of the reporting person is confidential and only subject to disclosure when under a judicial order or when their consent is given.
Mandated Reporters that fail to report suspected acts of child abuse or neglect are subject to both civil and criminal prosecution. In a civil action, the Mandated Reporter may be held liable for damages that any person has suffered due to the Mandated Reporters’ failure to make a report.In a criminal action, the Mandated Reporter may be found guilty of a misdemeanor that is punishable by imprisonment for up to 93 days and a fine of $500.00.
Steps for Making a Report
- Any member of the campus community who suspects child abuse or neglect should immediately file a verbal report (Mandated Reporters must make a report) with Centralized Intake – MDHHS. Verbal reports can be made by calling 855-444-3911. Reports may also be filed online at the MI Bridges webpage. Within 72 hours, any person that makes a verbal report will be required to file a written report. The written report can be completed using the same online form specified above, or by completing the Report of Actual or Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect form and printing, faxing or e-mailing it.
- When making the report, as much detail as possible should be included by the reporting party. It should include the following information to the extent that it is known:
- The name, age, and home address of the child
- The name of the child’s primary caretaker (parent or guardian)
- The child’s whereabouts
- What makes the Reporter suspect that the child is being abused, neglected or exploited
- Any other additional information that may help establish the cause of the abuse, the perpetrator, and the manner in which the abuse occurred
- After making a report, the Reporting Party should notify Mid of this report by contacting their immediate supervisor. If the supervisor is an employee of the College, the employee should notify Security Operations and Systems. A copy of the written report may be requested and should be made available upon request.
The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services maintains a website that houses various information and resources regarding the Michigan Child Protection Law, Mandated Reporters, reporting options and procedures, and informational material on reporting. Additionally, a Resource Guide for Mandated Reporters is also available.
Cooperation with Other Agencies
Mid will fully and appropriately cooperate with any suspected child abuse or neglect investigation by Child Protective Services or Law Enforcement. If the individual that is suspected of child abuse or neglect is a student or employee, the College may coordinate its own investigation or activity with the appropriate local agency in response to a report.