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Reporting Sexual Assault
Deciding whether or not to report a sexual assault to law enforcement authorities can be difficult. It is important to understand that reporting to the police provides documentation and evidence preservation. You may be encouraged to pursue criminal charges; you cannot be compelled to prosecute, however. Be aware of the following reporting options:
  • Direct Reporting involves the survivor speaking directly with law enforcement officers regarding the assault. Such reports can be made at Student Health Services, OUPD or the Athens Police Department, depending on where the crime occurred. If the survivor wishes to pursue prosecuting the offender, direct reports are required and should be made as soon as possible. You will not be required as part of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (SANE) to pursue prosecuting an offender, but your options regarding pursuing prosecution will be explained.
  • Third Party Reporting involves someone other than the survivor contacting law enforcement authorities and reporting the details of the assault. In this case the survivor wishes to have the assault reported but may not want to talk directly with authorities. In this type of reporting, no names are given. The officers can take information regarding the assault that will be useful in tracking the number and nature of assaults, but will not enable them to pursue charges or apprehend an offender.
  • Anonymous Reporting involves the survivor contacting authorities and reporting the details of the assault without disclosing her/his identity. The survivor may opt to either give or withhold the name of the assailant, if known. Again, this type of reporting is useful in tracking assaults, but limits further investigation.
Rape Defense Training
OUPD offers The Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD) class to all women of the Ohio University community. RAD is not a martial arts program. The RAD System is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, and the basics of hands-on defense training. Classes are taught by Ohio University police officers who are certified RAD instructors. Participants receive a manual that outlines the entire physical defense program for reference and continuous personal growth.
The growing, widespread acceptance of this system is primarily due to the ease, simplicity and effectiveness of our tactics, solid research, legal defensibility and unique teaching methodology. The Rape Aggression Defense System of realistic defense will provide women with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance and their ability to use it.
If you have questions about the RAD program or would like to sign up for classes, please contact OUPD at 740.593.1911.

Sex Offender Notification
eSORN is a state-of-the-art electronic sex offender registration and notification Web site to help Ohioans protect their families and communities. This Web site marks the first time the public and law enforcement have electronic access, in one location, to a list of all registered sex offenders in the state.
Providing easy access to this Web site gives more information to the public and helps make our communities safer. The enhanced database provides a secure link for the exclusive use of law enforcement. Users will find the name, address, type of offense and photo of each convicted sex offender that the Attorney General’s Office is permitted by law to include. The Web site is searchable by offender name, county, ZIP code and school district. It also provides links to county sheriffs’ offices Web sites. By law, the eSORN public Web site may only contain information on offenders who have been convicted in adult criminal court.
eSORN is available at the following link:

Reporting an Unsafe Area
OUPD conducts evaluations of Ohio University properties to encourage safe practices in lighting levels and other items that relate to personal safety of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. If you are concerned about a specific area, please contact OUPD and make them aware of your concern.

Reporting Harassment
Harassment - Definition
Harassment is defined as any conduct directed toward an individual or group and severe enough to deny or limit a person’s ability to participate in or fully benefit from the University’s educational and employment environments or activities, or severe enough that it creates an intimidating, offensive or hostile environment.
Sexual Harassment at Ohio University is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance or request for sexual favors, including an explicit or implicit quid pro quo (when there is a demand for a sexual favor in exchange for employment or academic benefit), made by an employee, student or agent of the University to a student or employee of the University, and is conduct of a sexual nature exhibited by such a person (or people) toward another when such conduct substantially
interferes with the person’s educational or work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or work environment.
Report harassment to Office for Institutional Equity at 740.593.2620 (TTD: 740.593.0193) or
Visit the office’s Web site at

SAFE-T Patrol Team
The SAFE-T Patrol Team includes students who are trained by OUPD officers to walk around campus and provide a free walking escort service. By calling SAFE-T Patrol, students, visitors and employees can be escorted safely across campus. Team members have special uniforms that are easily identifiable and carry radios to contact the OUPD dispatcher in the event of an emergency. The SAFE-T Patrol Team is available seven days a week from 7pm to 2am and can be reached at 740.593.4040.

Emergency Telephones
Ohio University’s campus has many easy-to-see, blue-light emergency telephones located across campus. These provide a direct connection to the OUPD dispatcher. Most are located near each building on campus, including each residence hall, along the bike path and major foot traffic areas. Also, phones mounted on all residence halls have an emergency button that, when pushed, also connects directly with OUPD.

Crime Prevention Though Environmental Design (CPTED)
OUPD conducts evaluations of Ohio University properties to encourage safe practices in lighting levels and other items that relate to the personal safety of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. If you are concerned about a specific area, please contact OUPD and make them aware of your concern.

Interagency Police Cooperation
OUPD works in conjunction with area law enforcement agencies to provide effective law enforcement services. OUPD has jurisdiction to effect arrests in the city of Athens and in Athens County, thanks to mutual aid agreements with those agencies. However, OUPD’s primary jurisdiction is Ohio University property.

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