Oregon Department of Human Services

Rule Rule 407-047-0205
Investigations in Schools: Definitions


Unless the context indicates otherwise, the following definitions apply to these rules, OAR 407-047-0200 (Investigations in Schools: Purpose and Scope) through 407-047-0305 (Investigations in Schools: Lay Representative):
(1) “Abuse” has the same meaning as defined in 419B.005 (Definitions). (See OAR 407-047-0270 (Investigations in Schools: Abuse Determination)(2))
(2) “Abuse determination” means the determination OTIS makes after an investigation under these rules (OAR 407-047-0200 (Investigations in Schools: Purpose and Scope) through 407-047-0305 (Investigations in Schools: Lay Representative)) that a report of abuse is founded, unfounded or unable to determine as described in OAR 407-047-0270 (Investigations in Schools: Abuse Determination).
(3) “Abuse investigation report” means the report the OTIS investigator completes as provided in OAR 407-047-0270 (Investigations in Schools: Abuse Determination) on a report of abuse that is determined to require an investigation under OAR 407-047-0220 (Investigations in Schools: Determining Response)(1)(b).
(4) “Agent” as defined in ORS 419B.019 (Investigation of report involving school) means, a person who:
(a) Acts as an agent for an education provider in a manner that requires the person to have direct, unsupervised contact with children; and
(b) Interacts with a child because of the person’s status as an agent for an education provider.
(5) “Alleged victim” means the child who is reported, alleged or determined to be subjected to abuse under these rules. (OAR 407-047-0200 (Investigations in Schools: Purpose and Scope) through 407-047-0305 (Investigations in Schools: Lay Representative))
(6) “Business days” means all consecutive calendar days, not counting Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays as defined in ORS 187.010 (Legal holidays).
(7) “Child” means an unmarried person who:
(a) Is under 18 years of age; or
(b) Is under 21 years of age and residing in or receiving care or services at a child-caring agency as defined in ORS 418.205 (Definitions for ORS 418.205 to 418.327, 418.470, 418.475, 418.950 to 418.970 and 418.992 to 418.998).
(8) “Contractor” as defined in ORS 419B.019 (Investigation of report involving school) means, a person who:
(a) Provides services to an education provider under a contract in a manner that requires the person to have direct, unsupervised contact with children; and
(b) Interacts with a child because of the person’s status as a contractor for an education provider.
(9) “Department” means the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS).
(10) “Education Provider” has the same meaning as defined in ORS 339.370 (Definitions for ORS 339.370 to 339.400).
(a) Education Provider includes:
(A) A school district, as defined in ORS 332.002 (Definitions for chapter);
(B) The Oregon School for the Deaf;
(C) An educational program under the Youth Corrections Education Program;
(D) A public charter school, as defined in ORS 338.005 (Definitions for chapter);
(E) An education service district, as defined in ORS 334.003 (Definitions for chapter);
(F) Any state-operated program that provides educational services to students; or
(G) A private school.
(b) “Education Provider” does not include:
(A) The Oregon Youth Authority;
(B) The Department of Corrections;
(C) The Department of Education, except when functioning as an education provider on behalf of:
(i) The Oregon School for the Deaf;
(ii) An educational program under the Youth Corrections Education Program; or
(iii) A public charter school, as defined in ORS 338.005 (Definitions for chapter), that is sponsored by the Department of Education.
(11) “Indian child” as defined in 25 U.S.C. § 1903(4) means any unmarried individual who is under age 18 and either:
(a) Is a member or citizen of an Indian tribe; or
(b) Is eligible for membership or citizenship in an Indian tribe and is the biological child of a member or citizen of an Indian tribe.
(12) “Investigation” as defined in ORS 419B.005 (Definitions)(4) means a detailed inquiry into or assessment of the safety of a child alleged to have experienced abuse. “Investigation” does not include screening activities conducted upon the receipt of a report.
(13) “Law enforcement agency” has the same meaning as defined in ORS 419B.005 (Definitions)(5).
(14) “Legal Guardian” means for an individual under the age of 18, the parent, unless a court appoints another person or agency to act as the individual’s guardian.
(15) “Licensed administrator” also known as “Chief administrator” means the person designated by the education provider’s policies adopted under ORS 339.372 (Policies of school boards on reporting of suspected abuse and suspected sexual conduct) to receive reports of suspected child abuse and includes an alternate licensed administrator, if the designee is the respondent.
(16) “OTIS investigator” means a Department: Office of Training, Investigations and Safety (OTIS) employee who is authorized and receives OTIS approved training to screen or investigate reports of abuse under these rules, OAR 407-047-0200 (Investigations in Schools: Purpose and Scope) through 407-047-0305 (Investigations in Schools: Lay Representative).
(17) “OTIS response” means how OTIS will respond to a report of abuse that is determined at the conclusion of the OTIS screening process.
(18) “Reasonable cause” means a subjectively and objectively reasonable belief, given all of the circumstances and based on specific and articulable facts. (ORS 419B.150 (When protective custody authorized))
(19) “Reasonable suspicion” for purposes of complying with ORS 419B.023 (Duties of person conducting investigation under ORS 419B.020) (Karly’s Law) means a reasonable belief given all the circumstances, based upon specific and describable facts, that the suspicious physical injury may be the result of abuse.
(20) “Redacted” means information deemed confidential under state or federal law has been protected from view.
(21) “Reporter” means an individual who makes a report of suspected child abuse to the Department.
(22) “Respondent” means the adult alleged in a report to have committed abuse.
(23) “Screening” means the process used by OTIS to determine the response to reports that are determined to be the responsibility of OTIS.
(24) “School employee” as defined in ORS 419B.019 (Investigation of report involving school), means a person who:
(a) Is an employee of an education provider; and
(b) Interacts with a child because of the person’s status as an employee of an education provider.
(25) “Severe harm” as defined in ORS 419B.150 (When protective custody authorized) means:
(a) Life -threatening damage; or
(b) Significant or acute injury to a person’s physical, sexual, or psychological functioning.
(26) “Sex trafficking” as defined in ORS 419B.354 (Placement in congregate care residential setting)(1)(b) means the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of an individual under the age of 18 for the purpose of a commercial sex act.
(27) “Suspicious physical injury” has the same meaning as defined in ORS 419B.023 (Duties of person conducting investigation under ORS 419B.020) (Karly’s Law).
(28) “Volunteer” means as defined in ORS 419B.019 (Investigation of report involving school), a person who:
(a) Acts as a volunteer for an education provider in a manner that requires the person to have direct, unsupervised contact with children; and
(b) Interacts with a child because of the person’s status as a volunteer of an education provider.
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