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What to expect when filing a report
What to expect when: Reporting to the University
Ohio State has designated the Title IX Coordinator to oversee complains of sexual misconduct at the University. An individual who has experienced sexual misconduct has the right to choose whether to report the incident to Ohio State's Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator and Civil Rights Intake Coordinators are specially trained to work with individuals who report sexual misconduct and have knowledge about on- and off-campus resources, services, and options — including the availability of interim protective measures and accommodations.
You have the right to receive written information on all of your rights and options, including your rights to receive support resources, proceed with a university investigation, or to file a report with police. The university respects the needs and choices of the victim/survivor. Click here for more information on reporting to the university.
What to expect when: Reporting to Police
Ohio State encourages individuals to report incidents of sexual misconduct to University Police or the appropriate law enforcement agency. Timely reporting to the police is an important factor in successful investigation and prosecution of crimes, including sexual violence crimes, and may lead to the arrest of an offender or aid in the investigation of other incidents. If a victim/survivor wants to file an anonymous police report and obtain a police report number for future consideration, the Title IX office and/or SARNCO advocates can assist in filing a report on their behalf. Click here for more information on reporting to police.
Have questions about the reporting process? Contact a Civil Rights Intake Coordinator in the Office of Institutional Equity.
Ohio State has designated the Title IX coordinator to oversee complaints of sexual misconduct at the university. An individual who has experienced sexual misconduct has the right to choose whether to report the incident to Ohio State's Title IX coordinator or Deputy Title IX coordinators for assistance. The Title IX coordinator and Deputy Title IX coordinators are specially trained to work with individuals who report sexual misconduct and have knowledge about on- and off-campus resources, services, and options — including the availability of interim protective measures and accommodations.
All university employees (including student employees) are obligated to report incidents of sexual misconduct of which they become aware, unless they have a recognized confidentiality privilege. See the university's Sexual Misconduct Policy for more information.
Please call or email Ohio State's Office of Institutional Equity to set up a meeting if you have a complaint involving sexual misconduct. You can also call for general information.
Please Note: The Title IX coordinator and Office of Institutional Equity are not a confidential source of support. While they will address your complaint with sensitivity and will keep your information as private as possible, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. For confidential resources, please contact a confidential counselor.
Learn more about how reports of sexual misconduct are handled by reviewing the Sexual Misconduct Complaint Resolution Process.
Electronic and Anonymous Reporting
You also may file a report about sexual misconduct using the appropriate links below. While anonymous complaints are accepted, the university's ability to investigate and respond to anonymous complaints is limited.
To File a Report Electronically
Individuals may use this form to electronically file a report of sexual misconduct with the university's Title IX Office: Sexual Misconduct Reporting Form.
The Ohio State University encourages individuals to report incidents of sexual misconduct to University Police or local police. Timely reporting to the police is an important factor in successful investigation and prosecution of crimes, including sexual violence crimes, and may lead to the arrest of an offender or aid in the investigation of other incidents.
An individual who has experienced sexual misconduct has the right to choose whether to file a police report. Filing a police report can result in the investigation of whether sexual violence or related crimes occurred and the prosecution of those crimes against a perpetrator, depending on the wishes of the victim/survivor. Reporting the incident to police or University Police does not mean an individual is obligated to participate in an investigation.
Suggestions regarding: Preserving Evidence
Regardless of whether an incident of sexual misconduct is reported to the police or the University, Ohio State strongly encourages individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct to preserve evidence to the greatest extent possible, as this will best maintain all legal options for the in the future.
The Ohio State University Police Department has officers who are specially trained to work with individuals reporting sexual violence. Further, University Police has a written guarantee for sexual violence survivors that reflects its primary concern for survivors and emphasizes sensitivity and privacy. University Police can also assist in reviewing options with survivors and identifying and facilitating support resources related to:
- Seeking medical attention
- Seeking support, advocacy and counseling services
- Discussing legal options, including seeking protective orders from a court
- Options under the university's sexual misconduct investigation process
Reports of sexual misconduct made to University Police will automatically be reported to the Title IX coordinator regardless of whether the individual who experienced the sexual misconduct chooses to pursue criminal charges. Title IX will contact the individual with rights and options, but there is no obligation to respond to any outreach or to participate in a university investigation.
The Ohio State University Police Department
901 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus OH 43210
Phone: 614-292-2121 (non-emergency)
For emergencies, dial 9-1-1
Crimes occurring off campus in Columbus should be reported to the City of Columbus Police 9-1-1 (emergency) or 614-645-4545 (non-emergency). Crimes occurring off campus in other communities should be reported to the local police agencies.
Upper Arlington Police at 9-1-1 (emergency) or 614-459-2800 (non-emergency).
Clinton Township Police at 9-1-1 (emergency) or 614-471-1479 (non-emergency).
Grandview Heights Police at 9-1-1 (emergency) or 614-488-7901 (non-emergency).