Sexual Assault – It’s On Us
OU Police is committed to providing a secure and safe environment for all students. You can help ensure your well-being by remaining alert, adhering to safety precautions, trusting your instincts and reporting any incidents of misconduct.
In cases involving sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, and dating violence, seek out assistance from any of the below resources. If needed, the Dean of Students Office will facilitate connection with these resources and other agencies.
- What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is any sexual contact made without consent. Consent must be freely given with overt words or actions that clearly communicate an individual’s desire to engage in sexual activities. Consent is a clear yes, not the absence of a no. Consent cannot legally be obtained if an individual is incapacitated due to alcohol or other drugs, is unconscious or asleep, or has limited mental capacity.
Examples of sexual assault include unwanted touching, kissing, fondling, or penetration of the mouth, vagina, or anus with a finger, penis, or object.
- What is the process for reporting to the police?
Contact us or come to our lobby at any time (Police & Support Services Building) and ask to speak to an officer. Our highly trained police officers will document important information and explain your options. Our officers will be sensitive to your requests for safety and privacy, they’ll progress at a pace that works for you, and they’ll make sure you know your rights and options as a victim.
First, we’re going to make sure you’re safe — and we’ll attend to any medical needs you have. It’s also important to know that you’re in control of the police investigation, and we will move at whatever pace you’re comfortable with.
Our highly-trained, sensitive officers will do an initial interview to better understand what happened. Then, we’ll collect evidence from you which includes the clothing you were wearing at the time, bedding (if applicable), etc. — a detective may be called to assist with the investigation.
If necessary, we can help you find a safe, alternative place to stay.
- What if I'm not ready to tell the police?
We understand that you may not be ready to report your sexual assault to the police. However, we encourage you to at least tell someone. Please review the list of resources below to find someone to turn to.
- On and off campus resources
Dean of Students Office
(248) 370-3352 | 144 Oakland Center
OU Counseling Center
(248) 370-3465 | Graham Health Center
Title IX Coordinator
(248) 370-3496 | 203 Wilson Hall
Common Ground Sanctuary
(248) 456-8150 | Crisis Line: (800) 231-1127
24/7 Crisis & Support Line: (248) 334-1274
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital
24/7 Crisis Line: (586) 463-6990
Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office