U of Wisconsin Employees Must Report Child Abuse, Walker Order Says

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

University of Wisconsin System employees can be penalized if they don't report child abuse or neglect, under an executive order Gov. Scott Walker signed Monday.

The governor's action comes in the wake of the scandal at Penn State University, where university officials are accused of not reporting allegations that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually assaulted a 10-year-old boy in 2002.

"They should know simply that you have to report it," Walker said of UW System employees. "We just want to make it crystal clear. We don't want there to be any room for error."

Longtime football head coach Joe Paterno and other Penn State officials were dismissed after the allegations became public. Sandusky was arrested last month, and several others have accused Sandusky of sexual abuse when they were children.

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