Policies, Programs, and Services

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.

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.

Campus counseling, consultation, and support resources for students, faculty and staff:

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

Programs that Support Work Life Balance and Health

Resources that Promote Work Life Balance and Health

Other Services

Faculty Ombudsman

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.

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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:

Ohio State University Anonymous Reporting Line
The Ohio State University has selected EthicsPoint, Inc. to provide you with simple, risk-free ways to anonymously and confidentially report activities that may involve unethical or otherwise inappropriate activity or behavior in violation of OSU's established policies.