Inside IPFW Special Edition
Child Abuse Statement
The recent release of the Freeh report regarding the reporting of sexual abuse at Penn State reminds us of the need to ensure that IPFW employees know and understand their roles in the safety of those who study and work at our university, as well as those who visit.
We are particularly mindful of the need to protect children who may be on campus for any number of reasons.
Each of us at IPFW has the responsibility to do what is right to keep our University safe and to provide an environment free from discrimination, harassment, and violence.
As a reminder, under Indiana Law all adults are obligated to report suspected child abuse or neglect. If you are a witness to questionable activity, you must act immediately.
- If it is an emergency, call 911
- If it is not an emergency, alert a senior staff member and call local police, University Police, or the state-wide 24-hour emergency number for Child Protective Services at 800-800-5556
- IPFW also offers a Whistleblower hotline (or 866-818-2620) where any potential criminal activity can be reported anonymously.
In addition, Purdue University is now offering training in how to identify, prevent, and respond to sexual misconduct in various educational settings. The training is available online to all employees.
IPFW has also instituted an interim policy on volunteers that requires background screening for volunteers on our campus.
Thank you all for your part in helping to keep our campus safe.
Walter J. Branson