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, regardless of age.

Office of Institutional Equity Reporter Guide

Ohio State has outlined reporting responsibilities to ensure the university can take appropriate action. Please see below for more information on the duty to report:

Non-Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct

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  • 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.

Download the NDH Duty to Report flow chart


Access for Individuals with Disabilities

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Any individual that provides supervision, instruction, human resources support, or controls a program is responsible for referring all plain language accommodation requests to the ADA Coordinator’s Office or designated office. (see Procedure I.B. in the policy). 

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


Youth Programs and Activities

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Any program personnel who in the course of their duties witness child abuse or neglect or have information that would lead a reasonable person to believe a youth faces a substantial threat of child abuse or neglect must immediately take the following two steps to report:

  1. Alert the appropriate agency:
    1. If a youth is in imminent danger (life-threatening or abuse is being witnessed), call 911. If you are unsure whether there is imminent danger, call 911, OR
    2.  If a youth is not in imminent danger, call Children Services Agency at 855-O-H-CHILD (855-642-4453), which is a 24-hour automated telephone directory that will link callers directly to a child welfare or law enforcement office in their county.
  2. Report to OIE:
    1. Online – reporting form at equity.osu.edu,
    2. Call – 614-247-5838, or
    3. Email – equity@osu.edu

If consultation is needed regarding reporting, or if there are questions on the process or other support needed, contact the Director of Youth Protection at 614-247-5838.

Download the Youth Programs Duy to Report flow chart


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