Duty to report

Duty to Report

The university is committed to stopping discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct, preventing the recurrence, eliminating any hostile environment, and remedying the discriminatory effects in addition to creating an accessible environment for all.

All university employees have reporting responsibilities to ensure the university can take appropriate action. Please see below for more information on the duty to report:

Access for Individuals with Disabilities

All plain language accommodation requests must be referred to the ADA Coordinator’s office or designated offices (see Procedure I.B. in the policy). Any individual that provides supervision, instruction, human resources support, or controls a program is responsible for making these referrals. 

For more information, visit the policy at go.osu.edu/disabilities-policy

Non-Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct

  • All university employees, except those exempted by legal privilege of confidentiality (see Policy Details III.G) or expressly identified as a confidential reporter, must report incidents of sexual assault. Any employee who receives a disclosure of a sexual assault or becomes aware of information that would lead a reasonable person to believe that a sexual assault may have occurred involving anyone covered under this policy must report all known information immediately.
  • In addition to the requirement of reporting incidents of sexual assault, the following university community members must also report all other incidents of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and prohibited relationships when they receive a disclosure or become aware of information that would lead a reasonable person to believe that discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, or prohibited relationships may have occurred involving anyone covered under this policy. These individuals must report all known information as soon as practicable but at most within five workdays of becoming aware of such information:
  1. Any human resource professional;
  2. Anyone who supervises faculty, staff, students, or volunteers;
  3. Chair/director; and
  4. Faculty member.

For more clarifying information, including some exemptions can be found at go.osu.edu/non-discrimination-policy

Please note, corrective action may be taken against any individual who has a duty to report and who fails to respond in a manner consistent with the provisions of applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.

If you have questions or need guidance, call the Office of Institutional Equity at 614-247-5838.