Sensitive Crimes

University of Cincinnati students, faculty and staff are encouraged to promptly contact UC Police if they or someone they know is the victim of a criminal act including sexual assault and sexual harassment.

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault includes sexual conduct or contact, as well as other activity of a sexual nature, without the consent of the other person or when knowing the other person is unable to consent because of age, or impaired mental or physical condition (e.g. impairment due to drugs or alcohol).

Sexual assault can range from voyeurism and public indecency to rape. All forms of sexual assault deserve to be taken seriously.

In Ohio, major types of sexual assault include:

  • Sexual Imposition: Unwanted touching of a person's erogenous zones for the purpose of sexual gratification.
  • Gross Sexual Imposition: Unwanted touching when force or threat of force is used or when the victim is unable to give consent.
  • Rape: Oral, anal or vaginal intercourse with an unwilling victim through force or threat of force or when the victim is unable to give consent. Rape includes attempted rape and rape with an object.

What is sexual harassment?

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

  • Submission to such conduct determines one's employment or academic success
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such individual
  • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or studying environment.

Who should you contact about discrimination or harassment?

The university has designated individuals to coordinate compliance with Title IX and handle inquiries regarding the university’s policies that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex.

Who Do I Call?


UC Police
(crimes on UC's campuses)


Cincinnati Police

UCPD Victim Services Coordinator

It is recommended that you seek medical attention within 72 hours of the incident. University Hospital has trained nurses to support sexual assault victims.


Counseling & Psychological Services