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.

More definitions can be found at

  • Sexual Assault: Any sexual touching or penetration, however slight, with any body part or object, by any individual upon another individual that is without consent and/or by force or coercion.
  • Relationship Violence: Dating violence and domestic violence.
  • Dating Violence: Violence or threat of violence by an individual who has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the complainant. Whether there was such relationship will be determined based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of the length and type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction of the persons involved in the relationship.
  • Domestic Violence: Conduct that would meet the definition of a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by the complainant’s current or former spouse or intimate partner, a person with whom the complainant shares a child in common, a person who is or has cohabitated with the complainant as a spouse or intimate partner, or individual similarly situated to a spouse under domestic or family violence law, or anyone else protected under the domestic or family violence law of the jurisdiction in which the offense occurred.
  • Stalking: A course of conduct directed at a specific individual that would cause a reasonable person under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the complainant to fear for their or others’ safety, or to suffer substantial emotional distress. A course of conduct includes two or more acts, including but not limited to, those in which the alleged perpetrator directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about the complainant, or interferes with the complainant’s property.
  • Consent: Permission that is clear, knowing, voluntary, and expressed prior to engaging in and during an act. Consent is active, not passive. Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create mutually understandable clear permission regarding willingness to engage in (and the conditions of) sexual activity.

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 24/7 Crisis Line at 1-800-931-SAFE (7233), 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 Coordinator;
  • Student Life at 419-755-4317 and ask for an appointment with the Assistant Dean of Student Life & Success;
  • Human Resources at 419-755-4047 and ask for an appointment with the Human Resources Manager;
  • 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.

If you have experienced a sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking, consider the following:

  • Immediately:
    • Go to a safe place.
    • Call someone you trust. In case of an emergency, call local law enforcement.
    • Preserve evidence. After a sexual assault, try not to shower until you have considered whether or not to have a no-cost forensic sexual assault examination at the hospital. Also, try to avoid using the restroom and eating, drinking, or smoking while considering an exam. Save the clothes you were wearing (unwashed) in a paper bag. After sexual assault, relationship violence, and/or stalking, take photos of any damage or injury and keep communication records.
  • Within 96 hours:
    • Seek out confidential support. You are not alone. Campus and community resources (found below) can help you understand your options and find support.
    • Seek medical attention. A medical provider can assess and treat physical injuries, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy. Seeking a forensic sexual assault examination is ideal within four days of the assault. A report does not need to be made to receive medical attention.
  • At any time:
    • Consider making a formal report. You can decide how much you would like to participate in any investigation process. Retaliation for filing a formal report or participating in an investigation is not tolerated at OSU.
    • Connect with Ohio State resources. Campus resources are available to you whether or not you file a formal report.


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.

The immediate safety and equal access to the university's education and employment programs and activities are Ohio State's priority. The university can offer many interim measures to support parties involved, including, but not limited to:

  • No contact directives
  • Health services
  • Safety resources
  • Housing assistance/relocation
  • Free, confidential counseling
  • Victim advocacy
  • Academic support
  • Financial aid services
  • Visa and immigration services
  • Transportation assistance.

For more information on interim measures, investigations, and remedies, please visit

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.

While a victim/survivor's conversation with any university employee will be kept private (will not be shared unnecessarily with others), only a conversation with a confidential resource can be kept confidential (will not be shared with anyone without the expressed consent of the victim/survivor).

Under Ohio law, medical clinicians are required to report to the police instances in which they observe physical injury caused by assaultive conduct. This does not require the victim/survivor to report to law enforcement or participate in future criminal investigation.

Be an Active Bystander

Bystander Intervention

Sexual violence is preventable. YOU can help prevent it by being an Active Bystander!

Active Bystanders...
...look out for their friends and fellow Buckeyes.
...prevent bad things from happening by intervening -- NOT standing by.
...strive to create a safe community for everyone (regardless of their identity).
...take responsibility for their reactions toward inappropriate behavior.
...battle the Bystander Effect. The Bystander Effect is a phenomenon in which the more people who witness an emergency event, the less likely anyone is to intervene. BUT, silence and passivity are not neutral. They encourage attitudes and behaviors that promote sexual violence.

When something doesn't feel right, do something!
...when someone jokes about sexual assault
...when you hear degrading language
...when someone is pressuring or encouraging drinking & hooking up
...when it seems like someone is trying to have sex without their partner's consent
...when someone is getting ready to have sex with an intoxicated person
...when you hear someone bragging about having sex while intoxicated. Remember, someone who is severely intoxicated cannot give consent, no matter what s/he verbalizes. Sex without consent IS sexual assault.

Will I help prevent sexual violence?*
There are five steps to being a successful active bystander, and there are challenges at each step. If you can answer YES to each of these questions, you will help prevent sexual violence!

  1. Is there something going on?
  2. Is it a problem or an emergency?
  3. Should I take responsibility?
  4. Do I know how to help?
  5. Will I help?

Intervention Tips*

  • Approach everyone as a friend
  • Don't be antagonistic
  • Avoid using violence
  • Be honest whenever possible
  • Recruit help if necessary
  • Keep yourself safe
  • Tell others about your plans to intervene so they'll have YOUR back
  • If things get out of hand or you aren't in a position to intervene for safety reasons, find someone who can - This is your intervention!

How else can I help?

  • Support survivors. Know how to help a survivor and what resources are available.
  • Request a program. You can contact the Campus Sexual Assault Advocate for more information.

*The University of Arizona C.A.T.S. Life Skills Program & National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2010). Step UP! A Prosocial Behavior/Bystander Intervention Program for Students.
**Virgina Tech (n.d.). Bystander Intervention Playbook.
Adapted from William and Mary Sexual Assault Services (2008).


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