This on-line collection of links to university policies focuses on areas that may be of particular interest to women staff, faculty and students. Most of these links direct users to documents published by the OSU Office of Human Resources (OHR) and additional information can be attained by contacting OHR directly.
Ohio State's University Policies website contains all of the university's policies in one convenient place.
Affirmative Action Policy, Equal Employment Opportunity & Non-Discrimination/Harassment Policy 1.10
- Adoption Benefit
- Employment Disputes & Complaints
- Family Medical Leave Policy 6.05
- Flexible Work Policy 6.12
- Performance Management Policy 5.25
- Promotion and Tenure Faculty Professional Leave
- Probationary Service, Duration of Appointments, Time Exclusions for Tenure-Track Faculty
Sexual Violence Resources
Sexual violence includes sexual assault and sexual harassment, stalking, domestic violence and/or dating violence. Effective September 1, 2015, every faculty and staff member, regardless of title or supervisory role, now has an obligation governed by Ohio State policy to report instances of sexual assault to the university.
To file a complaint, receive assistance or counseling or learn more about university policies, see the resources below.
- Reporting and resources brochure with guidance on which resource to contact and information about many campus and community offices and organizations that provide assistance for victims of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking
- Sexual Harassment Policy 1.15
- Sexual Harassment Frequently Asked Questions
- Workplace and Family and Relationship Violence
- Guidelines for Investigating Complaints of Ohio State Discrimination and Harassment
- To file a complaint with the OSU Police, please call 292-2121
- To file a complaint against a student, please call Student Conduct at 292-0748
- To file a complaint against a faculty or staff member, please call Human Resources at 292-2800, or complete a Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Form, which can be found at https://hr.osu.edu/wp-content/uploads/form-discrimination-harassment-complaint.pdf
- For free, confidential, 24-hour advocacy and emotional support services in conjunction with medical and social services, contact Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO).
- HR sexual harassment reporting line, firstname.lastname@example.org
- To receive help from and/or file a complaint with Title IX in the Office of Institutional Equity, contact 614-247-5838, email@example.com
- To file an anonymous report, please visit ohio-state.ethicspoint.com
- As part of Buckeyes ACT, the university’s comprehensive plan to combat sexual misconduct and relationship violence, Ohio State is providing online training focused on preventing and responding to these issues.
Campus counseling, consultation, and support resources for students, faculty and staff:
- For confidential counseling for students, please call Counseling and Consultation Services at 292-5766
- For confidential counseling for faculty and staff, please call the Employee Assistance Program at (800) 678-6265
- For support for students who experience sexual violence contact the Student Advocacy Center at 292-1111 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexual Misconduct Legal Assistance
A subsidiary of the National Women’s Law Center, the Legal Network for Gender Equity connects individuals experiencing sexual harassment or other forms of sex discrimination with attorneys who agree to provide a free initial consultation. In some instances the lawyers can take on sexual harassment or other sex discrimination cases pro bono or for a reduced fee.
Work Life Policies, Programs, and Services
The university's work life effort entails providing programs, policies, and services to help you better integrate your professional and personal life and be more productive, engaged, and satisfied in your work environment.
Policies and Benefits that Support Work Life Balance
Paid Leave (including Parental Leave - bottom of page 4)
- Donated Vacation Time
- Dual Career Support
- Transitional Work Policy
- Family and Medical Leave
- Personal Leave of Absence (middle of page 1)
- Faculty Rule 3335-6-03: Stopping the Tenure Clock (Section D)
- Scheduling Work & Overtime
- Flexible Work Policy (staff only)
- Sponsored Dependent Benefits (including Opposite-Sex Domestic Partners)
- Graduate Associate Benefits
- Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
- Adoption Assistance
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Paid Vacation and Sick Leave (pages 2 and 3, respectively)
- Tuition Assistance
- OSU Health Plan
- Shared faculty positions and reduction in FTE (part-time appointment)
- Faculty Special Assignment
- Faculty Professional Leave
Programs that Support Work Life Balance and Health
- Faculty, Staff, and GA Mediation Program
- Academic Leader Development
- OSU Employee Assistance Program (counseling and consultation)
- Wellness - Your Plan for Health
- Faculty Dual Career Hiring Program
Resources that Promote Work Life Balance and Health
Child Care Program
- Child Care Program at Nisonger Center for typically developing and children with a developmental delay
- Campus Recreation Facilities
- Lactation Space
- Eldercare Resource And Referral
- Faculty/Staff Discount Programs (requires login)
- Professional Career Development
- Parental Care Guidebook
- Faculty Toolkit
- Women's Behavioral Health
- Center for Women's Health
The faculty ombudsman's responsibilities include: serving as an advisor to faculty and assisting in determining the viability of their complaints and issues; directing faculty to appropriate offices, committees, and university rules and policies; and serving as an informal mediator of early-stage complaints.
Employee and Labor Relations
Employee and Labor Relations consultants assist with individual questions, conflicts, and issues that arise in the workplace. They work closely with administrators, managers, and human resource professionals to understand the unique needs and objectives of the colleges and units they serve. Consultants advise and interpret policies, procedures, labor contracts, and key federal and state regulations.
Resources, Services and Support for Women Students
The Office of Student Life and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion offer the WhereWomenGo portal that serves as a helpful tool to connect Ohio State women students with resources, services and support.
Assistance with Residential and Financial Stability
The Move to PROSPER program, an initiative of The Ohio State University and community partners, improves life outcomes for children and their mothers by creating opportunities for residential and financial stability. They provide temporary rental support and comprehensive coaching to facilitate successful moves to higher opportunity communities.
Early Pregnancy through Postpartum Support
The Buckeye Baby program offers expectant mothers with OSU Health Plan insurance educational programs and lactation support. Ask questions and share ideas with other pregnant moms. Individual telephonic sessions are also available as needed with an RN and health coach/dietitian.
Reporting Harassment or Discrimination
Office of Institutional Equity
The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) accepts reports documenting incidents or alleged violations of harassment and/or discrimination based on age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, and protected veteran status. The office's online reporting form can be utilized by students, employees, or others wishing to file a report on their own behalf or by anyone wishing to file a report on behalf of an impacted party.
To learn more about your rights to be free from harassment and discrimination, to get assistance connecting with support resources, or to file a report, please contact OIE at:
Bias Assessment and Response Team (BART) Website
BART is a resource for anyone (staff, students and faculty) who needs to report an incident of bias or wants to explore and better understand issues, like bias and discrimination, and how to effectively respond. The BART website is a central, online clearinghouse for you to report an incident. It includes many links to campus and community resources, to better equip you with getting help after a bias incident.