The Ohio State University
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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Sixth Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President E. Gordon Gee
The Ohio State University
Office of the President
205 Bricker Hall
190 North Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210
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On this page, FIRE has excerpted policies that address speech and expression. You may download the full policy in .pdf form, below.
Restrictions on Expressive Rights
Harassment Policies (Learn More)
Sexual Harassment Policy 12-13
physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature when it meets any of the following: ... Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work
or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for
working, learning, or living on campus. Sexual harassment can occur between any
individuals associated with the University, e.g., an employee and a supervisor; coworkers;
faculty members; a faculty, staff member, or student and a customer, vendor, or contractor;
students; or a student and a faculty member.
(not legitimately related to the subject matter of a course) including:
1. Sexual comments or inappropriate references to gender.
2. Sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes, or anecdotes regardless of the means of
communication (oral, written, electronic, etc.).
3. Unwanted touching, patting, hugging, brushing against a person’s body, or staring.
4. Inquiries and commentaries about sexual activity, experience, or orientation.
5. The display of inappropriate sexually oriented materials in a location where others can
Sexual Harassment: Frequently Asked Questions 12-13
Inappropriate behavior may include:
* Sexual jokes, innuendoes, gestures
* Unwanted flirtation, advances, or propositions
* Pressure for sex
* Display of sexually suggestive objects/visuals
* Display/transmission of sexually suggestive electronic content
* Any unnecessary, unwanted physical contact
* Sexual assault (if this occurs, call the police immediately & maintain evidence)
Sexual Harassment Poster 12-13
Residence Hall Handbook: Residents' Rights 12-13
threats of intimidation and physical or emotional harm. This includes
acts of ethnic or racial intimidation, hazing, or harassment for
reasons of race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual
orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.
Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
Bias Assessment and Response Team: Report a Bias Incident 12-13
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Code of Student Conduct: Introduction and Purpose 12-13
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in April 2013. According to FIRE’s research the substantive policies are current at least until this date. Directory information, including the name of the president of the college or university, may have been updated more recently. If any policy has been revised, or if you believe that we are in error, please contact us.