This Report Form should always be completed when someone knows, suspects, or receives information that the health or safety of a minor* participating in any BU-sponsored or affiliated program/activity may be at risk (including suspected abuse or neglect). Concerns may include a specific incident that occurred on/off campus, a suspicion of abuse or neglect, or a suspicion that a minor may be a threat to himself/herself or to others.
Steps for Reporting an Incident
|1. Contact Law Enforcement:||Notify the Boston University Police Department (BUPD) immediately at 617-353-2121. Remain with the minor until help arrives.
If you are off the main campus, call 911 or local law enforcement. Remain with the minor until help arrives.
|2. Complete this online Reporting Form||This online form (below) should be filled out no later than four hours after initial BUPD contact.|
|3. Contact the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families||Use the Child-at-Risk Hotline, any time of the day or night, at 800-792-5200.|
|4. Notify a BU Employee with Authority||Promptly notify your supervisor, program director/operator, or dean, when it is safe and appropriate to do so.|
|5. Inform Human Resources||The Human Resources office is available to provide advice and assistance, and may be reached at 617-353-2380. Human Resources should be aware of any suspected abuse/neglect in minors programs since the office facilities the Protection of Minors Program.|
* Minor under Massachusetts law is defined as an individual under the age of 18.
What Should You Do if You Feel a Minor Is in Danger?
If you fear a threat to the minor, immediately contact the BUPD at 617-353-2121.
After your initial contact with the police, you should also complete the report form as soon as possible but no later than four hours after initial contact.
Who Is Required to Report Concerns of Child Safety?
- Any University faculty, staff, student, or volunteer participating in a University activity
- Any owner/operator, employee, volunteer, or agent of a third-party program
- Mandated reporters, under M.G.L. c. 119, § 51A
- Campus security authorities, under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act
- Minors program coordinators
- Title IX coordinator and deputy coordinators
Members of the BU community with concerns regarding child safety should direct their concerns to the Boston University Police Department at 617-353-2121. Anyone may contact the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families directly using the Child-at-Risk Hotline, any time of the day or night, at 800-792-5200.
What if a Victim Requests Confidentiality?
Any incident that puts the safety of a minor at risk must be reported, regardless of the desire of the minor.
What Happens with the Information You Provide?
Boston University is committed to protecting minors. Because of sensitive safety concerns and the potential need for immediate action, this report will be submitted to the BUPD for review and the appropriate parties will be notified.
Minor Safety Concern Report Form