(1) Does the state require everyone to report child abuse, including sex abuse? No.
(2) Does the law require coaches to report child abuse? Yes, but only if the coach is paid. Volunteer coaches are exempt. A “coach” is defined as any “director, coach, assistant coach, or athletic program personnel” who work for any “private sports organization or program.”
(3) Does the law require college staff to report child abuse? Not explicitly. A “public or private school official or employee” is required to report, but that definition may not be broad enough to include college or university staff.
(4) Does the law allow jail time for those who fail to properly report abuse? Yes; the punishment is a Class 3 Misdemeanor involving up to six months in jail and up to a $750 fine.
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