Sexual misconduct, including relationship violence and stalking, is a serious issue that can result in interfering or preventing victims of those behaviors from having an equal opportunity to access education or employment. Sexual misconduct, therefore, is a Title IX civil rights issue. Ohio University is committed to addressing allegations of sexual misconduct and remedying its effects on those it has impacted. For more detailed information on this topic, please see the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance.
Sexual misconduct of any degree is a serious offense and compromises the integrity and safety of the university community. All forms of sexual misconduct are violations of the D7 (Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking) 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.
If you or someone you know may have been a victim of any form of sexual misconduct, we strongly encourage you to seek immediate assistance. In particular, members of the Ohio University community who have been sexually assaulted are strongly encouraged to consider talking with a survivor advocate, a counselor, the Ohio University Police Department (OUPD) or Athens Police Department (APD), and to obtain medical assistance. Survivors are encouraged to report the assault to law enforcement as soon as possible after the incident. Doing so ensures that evidence which might otherwise be lost after time has elapsed can be collected. Reporting sexual assault to law enforcement in no way compels an individual to pursue a specific course of action.
With the exception of the confidential resources named below, all faculty and staff of Ohio University are obligated to report complaints of sexual misconduct or behavior they observe and believe to be sexual misconduct to the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance (ECRC). A staff member from ECRC will then contact the survivor to inform them of the resources and options available to them through the University. For a full explanation of the rights a survivor has through this process (including the right to request alternate housing or academic arrangements, the ability to request confidentiality, and information regarding amnesty for personal alcohol or drug use at the time the sexual misconduct occurred) please see our Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, & Stalking Process.
The following Ohio University resources are confidential, meaning they are exempt from reporting complaints of sexual misconduct to the Office for Institutional Equity:
CPS provides professional and confidential counseling to students. Drop-in hours are 9:45 AM-3:15 PM, Monday - Friday. To access counselors who are on-call 24 hours a day, call 740-593-1616. Counseling services are available to friends and survivors, and consultation services are available to faculty and staff. A Sexual Assault Survivors Group (for women) and a Trauma Support Group (for anyone who has experienced a sexual assault) are available by referral.
Campus Care will assist with referrals and resources; transportation to OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital for SAFE exam (Campus Care does not collect rape kits); STD testing & treatment, HIV testing, and emergency contraception.
The Ohio University Survivor Advocacy Program (OUSAP) serves victims and survivors of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking on campus through confidential advocacy services, education, and resources. OUSAP offers the following services: in-person advocacy (walk-in or by appointment), support in navigating medical, judicial, and legal processes, hospital and follow-up medical advocacy/accompaniment, law enforcement advocacy/ accompaniment, aid in accommodating housing options and academic needs, legal advocacy/ accompaniment, support for friends and family of sexual assault survivors, community information and resource referrals, confidentiality.
The Ohio University Survivor Advocacy Program (SAP) serves student victims and survivors of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking through confidential advocacy services, education, and resources. SAP offers the following services: in-person advocacy (walk-in or by appointment), support in navigating medical, judicial, and legal processes, hospital and follow-up medical advocacy/accompaniment, law enforcement advocacy/ accompaniment, aid in accommodating housing options and academic needs, legal advocacy/ accompaniment, support for friends and family of sexual assault survivors, community information and resource referrals, and all services are confidential.