Training

New sexual misconduct prevention education will be introduced in fall of 2018 to enhance the safety and well-being of the Ohio State community. It is important for everyone to know how to identify, challenge and report sexual misconduct.

This prevention education addresses sexual misconduct, including sexual assault or harassment, relationship violence and stalking, and provides tools to challenge and report inappropriate and harmful behavior when it is witnessed.

Education requirements to help prevent sexual misconduct have been widely supported across the Ohio State community. In addition to university leadership support, in March 2018, University Senate passed a resolution, backed by the University Staff Advisory Committee, University Student Government, Council of Graduate Students and Inter-Professional Council, requesting that the university require sexual misconduct education for all faculty, staff and students.

Promoting the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is Ohio State’s top priority and a responsibility we all share. At Ohio State, there is no place for sexual misconduct or violence of any kind. The university launched Buckeyes ACT - a comprehensive plan to combat sexual misconduct - in 2015, and education is an integral part of this effort.

When the online course launches in the fall, university-wide sexual misconduct education requirements will be introduced for all faculty, staff and students.


Student requirements:

All students are required to complete the online course, “U Got This: Your Online Guide to Speak Up, Step In, and Create a Better Campus for All,” annually. The interactive, easy-to-follow course takes approximately 45 minutes and will be available in BuckeyeLearn. It will be assigned to every student’s BuckeyeLearn transcript each year. Incoming students will receive instructions in their orientation materials. Student employees are required to complete obligations for both their student roles and employee roles.

Student employees/graduate assistants: Student employees are required to complete obligations for both their student roles and employee roles.

  1. Student employees need to meet the new employee requirements of completing “Understanding the Sexual Misconduct Policy” and “Report = Support: Identifying and Responding to Sexual Misconduct” when starting a new role as a student employee, which builds on the knowledge laid out in the student education.
  2. Students are encouraged to first complete “U Got This,” the sexual misconduct prevention education online course that is required for all students.
  3. Student employees need to complete “Report = Support: Identifying and Responding to Sexual Misconduct” annually for each year they are employed by the university.

For more information, read the frequently asked questions below.


Faculty, staff and student employee requirements:

All employees: Annually, all faculty, staff and student employees are required to complete the sexual misconduct prevention online course, “Report = Support: Identifying and Responding to Sexual Misconduct.” The interactive, easy-to-follow course takes less than 30 minutes to complete and will be available in BuckeyeLearn. It will be assigned to every employee’s BuckeyeLearn transcript each year.

Some colleges and units may also choose to annually require the “Understanding the Sexual Misconduct Policy” training (which can be completed online or in-person), in addition to “Report = Support: Identifying and Responding to Sexual Misconduct” Each employees’ BuckeyeLearn transcript will reflect the trainings required for your role. Wexner Medical Center employees can view education requirements on OneSource.

New employees: Upon hire, newly hired faculty, staff and student employees will be required to complete two trainings (one on the Sexual Misconduct Policy and the prevention course), and both will be assigned to their BuckeyeLearn transcripts.

  1. The “Understanding the Sexual Misconduct Policy” training can be completed online or in-person.
  2. “Report = Support: Identifying and Responding to Sexual Misconduct” is an interactive, easy-to-follow course in BuckeyeLearn that takes less than 30 minutes to complete. It will continue to be assigned to every employee’s BuckeyeLearn transcript each year.

Student employees/graduate assistants: Student employees are required to complete obligations for both their student roles and employee roles.

  1. Student employees need to meet the new employee requirements of completing “Understanding the Sexual Misconduct Policy” and “Report = Support: Identifying and Responding to Sexual Misconduct” when starting a new role as a student employee, which builds on the knowledge laid out in the student education.
  2. Students are encouraged to first complete “U Got This,” the sexual misconduct prevention education online course that is required for all students.
  3. Student employees need to complete “Report = Support: Identifying and Responding to Sexual Misconduct” annually for each year they are employed by the university.

For more information, read the frequently asked questions below.


Faculty/Staff FAQ

Q: What does the sexual misconduct prevention course cover?

A: “Report = Support: Identifying and Responding to Sexual Misconduct” informs employees how to recognize sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence and stalking, provides tools to address, disrupt and report sex- and gender-based misconduct, and outlines available support resources.

Q: What does the sexual misconduct policy training cover?

A: “Understanding the Sexual Misconduct Policy” provides university employees with key legal and policy details, including employee reporting responsibilities, as well as information on how to recognize sexual misconduct, file a complaint or make a report, find support resources and prevent sexual misconduct in the work and academic setting. The training, which covers the Sexual Misconduct Policy, 1.15, can be completed online or in-person.

Q: How will this education help me?

A: Knowing how to identify sexual misconduct, access support services and resources and help prevent sexual misconduct, as well as understanding your reporting responsibilities, are all ways you can have a positive impact on campus. These training courses will help you to think deeply about these issues as well as equip you with the information you need to care for yourself and others.

“Report = Support: Identifying and Responding to Sexual Misconduct” was created specifically for faculty and staff — and with faculty and staff input — by Catharsis, a national industry expert. “Understanding the Sexual Misconduct Policy” was created by the Office of Human Resources to provide employees with key legal and policy details.

Q: Where can I access the training courses?

A: The course will be assigned and tracked through BuckeyeLearn. You can access the training by logging in to https://buckeyelearn.osu.eduwith your Ohio State University or Wexner Medical Center credentials. Once you are logged in, select the “My Transcript” button on the BuckeyeLearn homepage. If you need technical assistance, university employees can contact the IT Service Desk at 614-688-4357 or through Self Service (https://osuitsm.service-now.com/selfservice). 

Q: How long will I have to complete the course?

A: It is important for everyone to know how to identify, disrupt and report sexual misconduct. Becoming familiar with these issues and the resources available to you as early as possible is critical to preventing sexual misconduct.

Q: Do I have to do the full training all at once?

A: While taking the training as soon as possible will help you understand all of your rights and responsibilities as a member of the campus community, you can take it at your own pace, and start and stop at any time without losing your place.

Q: How will the university track completion?

A: The course will be assigned and tracked through BuckeyeLearn. Additionally, college and unit leaders and human resources professionals will have access to the completion rates of their faculty, staff and student employees.

Q: What will happen if I don’t complete the course?

A: It is important for everyone to know how to identify, challenge and report sexual misconduct. Throughout the first year of introducing the course, the university will continually evaluate completion and consider an enforcement strategy, utilizing Buckeyes ACT to identify an assessment plan for effectiveness of the training. Those who have not completed the course will continue to be notified throughout the year.

Colleges and units may also choose to maintain additional standards for meeting sexual misconduct training requirements.

Q: Will my participation be public?

A: Individual completion of faculty, staff and students will not be shared broadly. However, the Office of Compliance and Integrity, the Office of Student Life, Human Resources and relevant university staff will have the ability to review individual completion data. Also, as with most university information, this may subject to public records requests. The university will review any requests received to determine an appropriate response.

Q: I don’t have contact with students in my daily job, do I still need to take the training?

A: Our campus community is committed to preventing and responding to sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and harassment. It’s also critical that we all know how to respond to these issues, because everyone has a right to a work and academic environment free of harassment and misconduct.

Q: I have never been impacted by sexual misconduct. Do I need to take the training?

A: In the sense that we are all members of the same community, we are all impacted by sexual assault and relationship violence. Ohio State’s Buckeyes ACT initiative promotes civility and encourages all community members to do the right thing. Knowing how to identify these issues, access support services and resources, and help prevent sex- and gender-based misconduct are all ways you can have a positive impact on campus.

Q: I completed this training at my former institution. Do I have to complete this one too?

A: Yes. While you may have taken a similar training at a prior institution, this training module has been tailored to our community and includes Ohio State-specific resources and policies.

Q: Are employees permitted to take the trainings on the clock, or can I request they do it on breaks and lunches?

A: This training is considered to be work performed by the employee, and departments should allow time for employees (including student employees) to engage in the training while balancing the needs of the business operation. Promoting a safe and healthy campus climate for our students and for all members of the university community is a top priority at Ohio State. In addition to educating employees on how to fulfill their reporting obligations, Ohio State hopes this training course helps everyone think deeply about this topic.

Q: Can I take the training on a mobile device?

A: At this time, it is recommended to take this course on a computer.

The recommended browsers are:

  • Microsoft Edge for Windows 10
  • Internet Explorer (IE) 11 and greater
  • Apple Safari 10 and greater
  • Latest Mozilla Firefox
  • Latest Google Chrome

Q. Who can I contact if I have technical questions or issues?

A: When you log into BuckeyeLearn using your name.# credentials, you will see a tab at the top of the home page titled Resources. Hover over the Resources tab and click on BuckeyeLearn FAQ’s. Click on technical and system FAQ’s and you will find answers to common technical issues.

If you are a university employee needing further assistance, contact the IT Service Desk at 614-688-4357 or through Self Service (https://osuitsm.service-now.com/selfservice)

Q: How can I report an incident of sexual misconduct?

A: All employees (faculty, staff, student-employees and graduate assistants) are required to report allegations of sexual assault immediately. Human Resources Professionals, supervisors (including faculty and volunteer supervisors), chairs/directors, and all faculty members have an additional obligation to report incidents of sexual harassment within 5 days. Because of their positions of authority, these individuals have a heightened responsibility to report sexual harassment. More information is available in the Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Below are the ways to make a report:

  1. To report any information regarding sexual misconduct, contact the Title IX coordinator by emailing titleix@osu.edu; or
  2. 2. To report allegations of employee sexual misconduct, contact the deputy Title IX coordinator in the Office of Human Resources by calling 614-292-2800 (medical center employees contact 614-293-4988), filing a Discrimination and Harassment Complaint form; or emailing sexualharassment@osu.edu; or
  3. 3. To report allegations of student sexual misconduct, contact the deputy Title IX coordinator in the Office of Student Life, Student Conduct Department by calling 614-292-0748 or emailing studentconduct@osu.edu.

Q: How do I find support resources available for victims of sexual misconduct, including sexual violence?

A: Many campus and community support resources are available for victims of sexual misconduct, including counseling, advocacy, medical, and legal options. Please visit www.titleix.osu.edu for more information on how to access support resources and how to file a complaint with law enforcement and/or the university

To speak with a confidential crisis advocate 24-hours a day, the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO) helpline at 614-267-7020. For free, confidential counseling services, students may contact Counseling and Consultation Service at 614-292-5766 and employees may contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 614-292-4472.


Student FAQ

Q: What does the sexual misconduct prevention course cover?

A: “U Got This: Your Online Guide to Speak Up, Step In, and Create a Better Campus for All” addresses sexual misconduct, including assault or harassment, relationship violence and stalking, and provides tools to identify, disrupt and report sex- and gender-based misconduct, and outlines available support resources.

Q: How will this education help me?

A: The training was created specifically for students by Catharsis, a national industry expert. Knowing how to identify sexual misconduct, how to access support services and resources and how to help prevent sexual misconduct are all ways you can have a positive impact on campus. This training course will help you to think deeply about these issues as well as equip you with the information you need to care for yourself and others.

Q: Where can I access the training courses?

A: The course will be assigned and tracked through BuckeyeLearn. You can access the training by logging in to https://buckeyelearn.osu.edu with your Ohio State University or Wexner Medical Center credentials. Once you are logged in, select the “My Transcript” button on the BuckeyeLearn homepage.

Q: How long will I have to complete the course?

A: It is important for everyone to know how to identify, disrupt and report sexual misconduct. Becoming familiar with these issues and the resources available to you as early as possible is critical to preventing sexual misconduct.

Q: Do I have to do the full training all at once?

A: While taking the training as soon as possible will help you understand all of your rights and responsibilities as a member of the campus community, you can take it at your own pace, and start and stop at any time without losing your place.

Q: How will the university track completion?

A: The course will be assigned and tracked through BuckeyeLearn. Additionally, the university will have access to the completion rates.

Q: What will happen if I don’t complete the course?

A: It is important for everyone to know how to identify, challenge and report sexual misconduct. Throughout the first year of introducing the course, the university will continually evaluate completion and consider an enforcement strategy, utilizing Buckeyes ACT to identify an assessment plan for effectiveness of the training. Those who have not completed the course will continue to be notified throughout the year.

Q: Will my participation be public?

A: Individual completion of faculty, staff and students will not be shared broadly. However, the Office of Compliance and Integrity, the Office of Student Life, Human Resources and relevant university staff will have the ability to review individual completion data. Also, as with most university information, this may subject to public records requests. The university will review any requests received to determine an appropriate response.

Q: I have never been impacted by sexual misconduct. Do I need to take the training?

A: In the sense that we are all members of the same community, we are all impacted by sexual assault and relationship violence. Ohio State’s Buckeyes ACT initiative promotes civility and encourages all community members to do the right thing. Knowing how to identify these issues, access support services and resources, and help prevent sex- and gender-based misconduct are all ways you can have a positive impact on campus.

Q: I completed this training at my former institution. Do I have to complete this one too?

A: Yes. While you may have taken a similar training at a prior institution, this training module has been tailored to our community and includes Ohio State-specific resources and policies.

Q: Can I take the training on a mobile device?

A: At this time, it is recommended to take this course on a computer.

The recommended browsers are:

  • Microsoft Edge for Windows 10
  • Internet Explorer (IE) 11 and greater
  • Apple Safari 10 and greater
  • Latest Mozilla Firefox
  • Latest Google Chrome

Q: How can I report an incident of sexual misconduct?

A: Below are the ways to make a report:

  1. To report any information regarding sexual misconduct, contact the Title IX coordinator by emailing titleix@osu.edu; or
  2. To report allegations of employee sexual misconduct, contact the deputy Title IX coordinator in the Office of Human Resources by calling 614-292-2800 (medical center employees contact 614-293-4988), filing a Discrimination and Harassment Complaint form; or emailing sexualharassment@osu.edu; or
  3. To report allegations of student sexual misconduct, contact the deputy Title IX coordinator in the Office of Student Life, Student Conduct Department by calling 614-292-0748 or emailing studentconduct@osu.edu.

Q: How do I find support resources available for victims of sexual misconduct, including sexual violence?

A: Many campus and community support resources are available for victims of sexual misconduct, including counseling, advocacy, medical, and legal options. Please visit www.titleix.osu.edu for more information on how to access support resources and how to file a complaint with law enforcement and/or the university

To speak with a confidential crisis advocate 24-hours a day, the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO) helpline at 614-267-7020. For free, confidential counseling services, students may contact Counseling and Consultation Service at 614-292-5766 and employees may contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 614-292-4472.

Q: As a student working in a university position or graduate assistant, what courses do I need to take?

A: Student employees and graduate assistants are required to complete obligations for both their student roles and employee roles.

  1. Students are encouraged to first complete “U Got This,” the sexual misconduct prevention education online course that is required for all students.
  2. Student employees need to meet the new employee requirements of completing “Understanding the Sexual Misconduct Policy” and “Report = Support” when starting a new role as an employee, which builds on the knowledge laid out in the student training.
  3. Student employees need to complete “Report = Support” annually for each year they are employed by the university.

Q: What about students who have two university jobs at two different locations?

A: Students who hold two university jobs should only need to complete the requirements once annually. Please work with your Human Resources teams for both of your positions to make sure you’re meeting all necessary requirements.

Q: What about students who take a semester off then return to the same job?

A: Students who take a semester off from their university position do not need to retake Report = Support upon returning, but will remain responsible for the annual training requirements. Please work with your Human Resources team to make sure you’re meeting all necessary requirements.