Statement on Sexual Misconduct
Students Who May Be Victims of Sexual Misconduct: If you or someone you know may be a victim of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or any other behaviors prohibited under this policy, you are strongly encouraged to seek immediate assistance. Assistance can be obtained 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from:
1. Survivor Advocacy Program (confidential, campus-based victim advocacy services, 597-7233).
2. Emergency Department, O'Bleness Memorial Hospital (confidential medical services, include evidentiary examination 593-5551).
3. Ohio University Police Department (law enforcement services, 593-1911 or 911).
4. During business hours, you may also seek assistance from the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility (593-2629).
Please see Ohio University Policy 03.004
Sexual intrusions and violations of any degree are serious offenses and compromise the integrity of the university community. All forms of sexual misconduct are violations of the A-4 (Mental or Bodily Harm to Others) provision of the Ohio University Student Code of Conduct. Students found in violation of this provision are subject to a range of disciplinary sanctions including disciplinary expulsion from Ohio University. In cases of sexual misconduct, both the accused student and the complainant have rights which are observed through the university student conduct process. These rights are contained in their entirety in the Ohio University Student Code of Conduct.
Ohio University is committed to creating an environment free from the threat of sexual assault, while actively responding to the needs of those affected by sexual assault. Consistent with this commitment, Ohio University has created a sexual assault education and prevention program which serves as the primary source for information, advocacy, and referral. Through this program and other departments on campus, Ohio University provides educational workshops and materials, prevention programs, and advocacy. Students affected by sexual assault may also seek assistance through this program in negotiating housing and academic accommodations.
Members of the Ohio University community who have been sexually assaulted are strongly encouraged to talk with a survivor advocate, a counselor, to report the assault to the Ohio University Police Department, and to obtain medical assistance. Counseling services are available for students through the Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Program and Counseling and Psychological Services. All services are free. Survivors are advised to report the assault to the Ohio University Police Department as soon as possible after the incident. Thus, evidence which might otherwise be lost after time has elapsed can be collected. All reports of sexual assault are confidential. Reporting sexual assault to OUPD in no way compels an individual to pursue a specific course of action. However, reporting does enable an individual to be apprised of the medical, emotional, legal, and university student conduct options for dealing with the assault.
Medical attention is important for two reasons:
1. Testing and/or medical treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, or physical injuries; and, 2. Evidence collection.