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Here Are The Mandatory Reporting Laws In Iowa



(1) Does the state require everyone to report child abuse, including sex abuse?  No.

(2) Does the law require coaches to report child abuse? No. However, licensed school employees are required to report.

(3) Does the law require college staff to report child abuse? No. Though licensed school employees are required to report, that requirement is arguably not broad enough to cover college or university employees, who generally do not face the same licensing requirements as K-12 school employees. The mandatory reporting law does not expressly define who is and is not a “licensed school employee.”

(4) Does the law allow jail time for those who fail to properly report abuse? Yes; the penalty is a simple misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of between $65 and $625.

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Aaron Keller is an attorney licensed in two states. He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. During law school, he completed legal residencies in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General and in a local prosecutor’s office. He was employed as a summer associate in the New Hampshire Department of Safety, which manages the state police, and further served as a summer law clerk for a New York trial judge. Before law school, Keller worked for television stations in New York and in the Midwest, mostly as an evening news anchor and investigative reporter. His original reporting on the Wisconsin murder of Teresa Halbach was years later featured in the Netflix film "Making A Murderer."