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Buckeyes ACT

Ohio State's comprehensive plan to combat sexual misconduct and relationship violence
Buckeyes ACT is The Ohio State University's comprehensive, community-wide approach to combat sexual misconduct through Action, Counseling and Support and Training. Buckeyes ACT to report sexual misconduct, support members and visitors of our community, intervene to prevent sexual misconduct and empower themselves and one another.


Buckeyes ACT combines new programs with existing initiatives focusing on:

  • Action – response to reports and being an active upstander
  • Counseling and Support – advocacy and support services
  • Training – awareness and prevention education

Action

  • Helping those impacted understand their rights and options
  • Taking a leadership role in identifying and acknowledging individual and societal factors that influence sexual misconduct
  • Advancing a culture of civility and respect
  • Empowering campus community members to stay aware and get involved in the effort
  • Creating environments that are free from sexual misconduct
  • Using data to recognize patterns and trends to prevent occurrences of sexual misconduct

Counseling

  • Offering a wide range of confidential and non-confidential campus and community resources including:

Campus counseling services through Student Life's Counseling and Consultation Service and Ohio State's Employee Assistance Program
Community support through the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio
Advocacy through Student Life's Sexual Civility & Empowerment and Student Advocacy Center

  • Offering appropriate accommodations
  • Providing support for complainants, respondents and mandatory reporters

Training

  • Multimodal training options for students, faculty and staff

Mandatory sexual misconduct training for incoming students and new employees
Mandatory First Year Experience Program training on consent
Second-Year Transformational Experience Program
Customized training to meet individual or group needs

  • Defining curriculum for educating community about sexual misconduct
  • Ongoing awareness initiatives to promote a culture of shared respect and responsibility

 

Resources

No matter your connection to The Ohio State University, all Buckeyes can ACT to report sexual misconduct, support members and visitors of our community, intervene to prevent sexual misconduct and empower themselves and one another. Familiarize yourself with these resoures.

Reporting

  • Helping those impacted understand their rights and options
  • Providing confidential and non-confidential campus and community resources:

Reporting to the University
Reporting to the Police

Support

  • Offering a wide range of comprehensive support and services
  • Advancing a culture of civility and respect

Student Lfe Sexual Civility and Empowerment Program
Student Life Counseling and Consultation Services
Student Life Student Legal Services
Student Life Student Health Services
Employee Assistance Program (Faculty and Staff)

Prevention and Intervention

  • Identifying and acknowledging factors that influence sexual misconduct
  • Being an active upstander

Title IX Office
Sexual Misconduct Policy
Code of Student Conduct
Online Training for Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence (Students)
Online Training for Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence (Faculty and Staff)
Rape Agression Defense (R.A.D.)


 

Tracking Our Progress

Since 2015, Ohio State has made significant progress implementing Buckeyes ACT. As a part of the initiative, all incoming students participate in an online training module focused on identifying issues, support services and prevention. Additionally, the university has:

  • Created a dedicated team for investigating reports of student sexual misconduct on campus
  • Hired an additional sexual violence prevention coordinator
  • Established a foundation for ongoing collection of data to guide action - student surveys in 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Created a university-wide task force including students, staff and faculty - to identify best practices and explore innovative approaches to prevention and response
  • Participated as an active member of Ohio Department of Higher Education "Changing Campus Culture" initiative
  • Increased the number of advocates to support students
  • Expanded capacity of Student Life's Counseling and Consultation Services, including a counselor with dedicated expertise in responding to trauma and sexual assault incidents
  • Strengthened Sexual Misconduct policy to ensure issues are addressed comprehensively
  • Ongoing awareness initiatives to promote a culture of shared respect and responsibility - Buck-I-CARE
  • Online training for preventing and responding to sexual misconduct - student training, as well as faculty and staff training launched autumn 2015
  • Mandatory sexual misconduct training for students in first-year orientation, First Year Experience Program launched for incoming class of 2016
  • Mandatory consent training for first year students on the Columbus campus
  • Increased training efforts at the regional campuses
  • Moving forward with additional academic course work for students focused on issues related to sexual misconduct