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55 Pa. Code § 3490.172. Coordination of an investigation.

§ 3490.172. Coordination of an investigation.

 (a)  The county agency and law enforcement officials shall coordinate their investigations to the fullest extent possible. Interviews with the student shall be conducted jointly. However, law enforcement officials may interview the school employe prior to the county agency contacting the employe.

 (b)  The joint interview with the student may be waived on an individual case-by-case basis if both the county agency and law enforcement official agree that it is in the best interest of the student.

 (c)  The county agency and law enforcement officials shall keep each other informed of their respective investigations.

 (d)  The county agency and law enforcement officials shall avoid taking or arranging to have taken duplicate photographs, medical tests or X-rays of a student, whenever possible.

 (e)  The county agency may rely on a factual investigation of substantially the same allegation by a law enforcement official to support the agency’s finding. This reliance does not relieve the county agency from conducting its own investigation.

Cross References

   This section cited in 55 Pa. Code §  3490.143 (relating to definitions).

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