State of Florida law requires a state university administrator (as defined in the UF policy Vulnerable Persons) upon receiving information from another institution employee, to report known or suspected child abuse, neglect or abandonment (including physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse) that occurred on university property or at a university-sponsored event directly to the Department for Children and Families (DCF). University of Florida staff are required to abide by the Mandatory Reporting rules as outlined in Section 39.205, Florida Statutes.

Provided below is guidance on mandatory requirements associated with reporting known or suspected cases of child abuse and child neglect.

Policies / Laws


Vulnerable Persons Reporting training video from the UF Police Department:

Methods for Reporting

Steps for Reporting Child Abuse

To report known or suspected cases of child abuse or neglect please use the following methods:

  • In the event of an emergency or if you see a crime in progress, immediately contact UFPD at 352-392-1111
  • If you have reason to believe that a child is a victim of abuse, report it immediately to Florida Department of Children & Families. The following methods can be used to report:
  1. Telephone1-800-962-2873 (24-Hour Hotline)
  2. Fax1-800-914-0004 
  3. TDD: 1-800-453-5145
  4. Online

File a Privacy Complaint

Online Interactions with youth come with associated risks, which are noted in the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA). If you have a complaint regarding the privacy of a minor’s communications, voice, image/likeness being utilized at the University or by an affiliated program, please report that with the UF Privacy Office.

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