(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. School coaches, college coaches, and private coaches are required to report.
(3) Does the law require college staff to report child abuse? Yes. The law covers “any paid administrator, faculty, staff, athletic director, athletic coach or athletic trainer employed by a public or private institution of higher education who is eighteen years of age or older, excluding student employees.”
(4) Does the law allow jail time for those who fail to properly report abuse? Yes; failing to report is a Class A Misdemeanor. Interfering with someone who is attempting to report is a felony. In addition to these criminal penalties, anyone convicted of failing to report or of interfering must be trained about child abuse and reporting.
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