The Ohio State University at Mansfield

Sexual Violence

The Ohio State University at Mansfield is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility and mutual respect in an environment free of sexual misconduct and discrimination of any type. Sexual discrimination violates an individual’s fundamental rights and personal dignity. This resource refers to all forms of sexual discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence by employees, students, or third parties. (Title 20 U.S.C. Sections 1681‐1688).

The Ohio State University at Mansfield will not tolerate behavior defined in this policy, which may also be violations of state and federal laws. Individuals who are determined to be in violation of these policies are subject to penalties including dismissal from Ohio State, regardless of whether they are also facing criminal or civil charges in a court of law.

What is Sexual Violence?
A continuum of behaviors including intimate partner abuse, stalking, sexual harassment, and those behaviors commonly called "rape" or "sexual assault." Sexually violent behavior can be physical, emotional, verbal, or a combination, without the consent of the victim. Sexual violence has no bias. Both the survivors and perpetrators come from all genders, cultures, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, socio-economic status, and religions.

Ohio State defines sexual misconduct as conduct of a sexual nature that is nonconsensual or has the purpose or effect of threatening, intimidating, or coercing a person. Sexual misconduct is a form of sex- and gender-based discrimination. This includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking, and relationship violence.

Reporting an Incident
The Ohio State University at Mansfield encourages prompt, accurate reporting of crimes or suspicious incidents. Crimes or suspicious incidents should be reported immediately to security by dialing 5-4346 from an OSU phone or 419-755-4346 from an outside phone. Emergencies should be reported by dialing 9-911 from an OSU phone, or 911 from an outside line.

Confidential assistance is available by contacting the Campus Sexual Assault Advocate at 419-774-5843 x116, New Directions Student Assistance Program, 419-529-9941, or Human Resources for Employee Assistance Program at 614-292-4472 or 1-800-678-6265.

To file an on campus complaint,

  • contact Housing at 419-747-8500 and ask for the Housing Director;
  • Student Life at 419-755-4317 and ask for an appointment with the Chief Student Life and Enrollment Services Officer;
  • Human Resources at 419-755-4047 and ask for an appointment with the Chief Human Resources Officer;
  • or Campus Safety at 419-755-4346 and ask for someone to take a complaint (this phone line is not secure and goes to radio so ask for them to call you on a secure line or come to you to give the complaint in person).

You should contact 911, if the assault just occurred, and report to the local authorities. If the incident occurs off campus, you may also want to report to campus authorities so we are also aware of the incident and can respond if it involves other members of the campus community.

Regardless of whether a student or employee reports an incident of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking to law enforcement or pursues any formal action, if they report such an incident, Ohio State Mansfield is committed to providing them as safe a learning or working environment as possible. Upon request, Ohio State Mansfield will make any reasonably available change to a survivor’s academic, living, transportation, and working situation. We will also work with students and employees on no contact and restraining orders.

Survivor Confidentiality
Ohio State Mansfield recognizes the sensitive nature of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking incidents. We are committed to protecting the privacy of individuals who report incidents of abuse, to the extent that doing so is permitted by law and consistent with the need to protect the safety of the community. Different officials and personnel are able to offer varying levels of privacy protections to survivors.

All employees, with the exception of licensed mental health counselors and licensed medical professionals are to share with a Title IX Coordinator information they learn concerning a report of sexual assault, or an incident of domestic or dating violence, or stalking, so that the Title IX Coordinator can investigate the incidents, track trends (including possible multiple reports involving the same assailant) and determine whether steps are needed to ensure the safety of the community. It is the survivor’s choice whether he or she wishes to participate in the investigation; however, we may proceed with an investigation without the survivor’s participation if there is a concern for the safety of other members of the community.

On Campus and Off Campus Resources
Campus Sexual Assault Advocate 419-774-5843 x116
Student Life 419-755-4317
Campus Safety 419-755-4346
Human Resources 419-755-4047
New Directions SAP 419-529-9941
Domestic Violence Shelter 419-774-5840
The Shelter's 24/7 Crisis Line 1-800-931-SAFE
Housing 419-747-8500
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) 419-526-8757
Buckeye Village 567-560-4175
Title IX Coordinator, Columbus Campus 614-247-5838
Student Advocacy 614-292-1111
Student Wellness 614-292-4527


Law Enforcement
Mansfield Police 419-522-1234
Ontario Police 419-529-2115
Sheriff 419-524-2412
Bellville Police 419-886-3801
Butler Police 419-883-2201
Lexington Police 419-884-1032
Plymouth Police 419-687-4321
Shelby Police 419-347-2242

Additional Local Resources
Domestic Violence Shelter 419-774-5840
Catalyst Life Services 419-756-1717
Help Line 419-522-4357
Med Central Hospital 419-526-8000
Children Protective Services 419-774-4100
Job & Family Services 419-774-5400
Health Dept. (Richland County) 419-774-4700
HIV Care Services 419-525-2437
Planned Parenthood 419-525-3075
Family Life Counseling 419-774-9969
Raphah Sexual Abuse Recovery Program

State Resources
Crime Victims Compensation 1-800-582-2877
VINE 1-800-770-0192
OAESV (Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence) 1-888-886-8388
RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) 1-800-656- 4673
NSVRC (National Sexual Violence Resource Center) 1-717-909-0710
National Human Trafficking Resource Center 1-888-3737-888

For more specific detailed information on The Ohio State University’s policies, go to

View or download the brochure: ACT Brochure

To reach the Mansfield Campus Sexual Assault Advocate, contact:

Sarah Metzger
419-744-5843 x116