Where to turn

The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) is the centralized office established to respond to protected class discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct. Harassment and discrimination can take many forms, including acts of hate and violence. When these acts occur, know there are so many resources at Ohio State and the surrounding communities. First and foremost, if you or someone you know has experienced a crime or is in need of immediate assistance, call 9-1-1 or another emergency resource. If you are a victim of a crime or would like a criminal investigation, contact the Ohio State University Police Division (614-292-2121) or local law enforcement. While OIE may be obligated to share information with OSUPD or local law enforcement, such communication is not a substitute for making a report directly to law enforcement.   

You can also report harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct to the Office of Institutional Equity using our online reporting form. After an incident report is submitted, a civil rights intake coordinator will reach out to impacted parties to share resources and options, including: 

  • Supportive measures for those impacted by discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct. These can include academic support, connection to counseling or safety planning. Learn more.
  • The opportunity to participate in investigative, informal, and/or educational resolutions to address conduct that violates our Non-Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct policy. These typically apply when:
    • The impacted party requests an investigation under the Non-Discrimination Policy;
    • The respondent(s) are Ohio State affiliates (students, faculty, staff), and;
    • The conduct is not protected speech and, if true, would violate our policy. 

*Note: pursuing an OIE resolution does not preclude individuals from other resolutions such as criminal investigations. 

  • Connections to other resources such as community support, or other Ohio State resources (Human Resources, Employee Assistance Program, Counseling and Consultation Service, OSUPD, Student Advocacy, etc.) that can assist with response and support. 
    • Unless legally required, OIE will only make connections between individuals and outside agencies by request. 

If at any point you have questions, please reach out to OIE to learn more. In addition, while you are not required to respond to any outreach from OIE, any information and details provided assist OIE in making sure that you receive the responses and support you need.