The University of Cincinnati Police Department understands that sex-based crimes are a great concern on college campuses. It is also understood that most sexual assaults go unreported. University of Cincinnati students, faculty and staff are encouraged to promptly contact UC Police if they or someone they know is a victim of a criminal act including sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence and/or stalking. Making a police report does not mean that you have to go forward with an investigation or with prosecution. It does enable the evidence to be collected so that you can make those decisions later if you choose to go forward at a later date.
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 assault include:
- Sexual Imposition: Unwanted touching of a person's erogenous zones for the purpose of 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.
What should I do?
Seek Medical Attention
If you were recently sexually assaulted, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. An exam can determine if there are any injuries and provide necessary medical care. It is also imperative to identify and preserve physical evidence for possible future prosecution. A trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) will perform an exam that will document any evidence related to the sexual assault. Although you do not have to decide if you want to file a police report or prosecute at the time of the SANE exam, it is important to preserve the evidence so it is available when you do decide to report.
If some time has passed and you did not get a SANE exam, you can still file a police report. There may not be physical evidence collected but an investigation can still be done.
Reporting to Law Enforcement
If the incident occurred on a UC campus, contact UC Police.
If the incident occurred off campus, call Cincinnati Police.
If you are unsure of where it happened, who to contact or would just like to speak to someone before making a decision to report, UC offers both confidential and non-confidential resources.
Non-Confidential: The Crime Victim Services Coordinator through Public Safety is available to provide support while making a police report and to discuss your rights, options and resources throughout the process. The CVS Coordinator can be present during interviews with UC Police, will transport and accompany a survivor to any court dates related to the assault and keep the survivor notified throughout the criminal justice process.
Confidential: The UC Advocates are campus-based advocates through Women Helping Women that provide confidential support and counseling to students. They are located at 559 Steger Student Life.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides counseling, both individual and group, for survivors of sexual assault. They are located at 225 Calhoun Street, Suite 200. UC Blue Ash Counseling Services can be found in Muntz Hall 140. UC Clermont's Compass Counseling Center is located in UC Clermont Student Services, Room 201.
For more information about UC's resources for Student Victims and Student Survivors, please view the Safe page.
UC Police (Crimes on UC's campuses)
UCPD Victim Services Coordinator
University Health Services
Uptown Campus: 513-556-2564
Medical Campus: 513-584-4457
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) - 24 hour hotline
513-381-5610 (24 hour hotline)