Oberlin College strongly encourages anyone who has experienced sexual misconduct to report the incident, not only for their own protection and support, but also for the safety of the community.
Once the college becomes aware of a report of sexual misconduct, we’ll offer prompt, effective, and sensitive assistance to the person who has made the report. We'll also take steps to protect the rest of the community from harm.
Each report made to the college is unique, so there are a variety of ways a report can be resolved. Very few reports end in a formal hearing, and most end with an informal resolution. The college empowers the reporting party to have as much personal control over various steps of the college's response as legal and policy requirements allow. Choosing to make a report, and deciding how to proceed after making the report, can be a process that unfolds over time.
The college doesn’t limit the time frame for reporting and will respond to a report regardless of when or where the incident occurred. However, it’s important to keep in mind that prompt reporting helps ensure the preservation of evidence and timely investigation.
Have questions about reporting? See Frequently Asked Questions about Reporting.
For more information about what happens after you file a report, see Once a Report Is Made.
Things to know before you report
- It's a violation of the Sexual Misconduct Policy that covers Title IX to retaliate against any person named in a grievance report. In some cases, even when no fault is found in the sexual misconduct report, the college may still pursue disciplinary action because of retaliation.
- If you've been involved in a crime of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, dating violence, or stalking, you have the right to notify law enforcement authorities, including on-campus and local police. You have the right to be assisted by campus authorities in notifying law enforcement authorities. You also have the right to decline to notify the authorities.
- Under Ohio law , all residents of the state, except for people in positions that are given confidential status, must report felonies to law enforcement. This includes felony sexual misconduct. If you're reporting a potential felony or a crime of violence, the resources listed on this page will contact the Oberlin Police Department. The police department will contact you with resources and information about pressing charges. You may choose if and how to participate in the subsequent investigation. For information about confidential resources that are exempt from this reporting requirement, see On-Campus Resources for Students, Off-Campus Resources for Students, Resources for Employees.
- Preserving evidence can help prove an incident of sexual misconduct. Do not delete electronic communication, pictures, or videos that can help prove what happened. Do not take a shower or change your clothes before you seek medical attention.
In the case of a safety or health emergency, the following resources can provide or connect you to emergency service:
911 (24 hours)
Safety and Security
440-775-8911 (24 hours)
Oberlin Police Department
Campus Reporting Options
You can report a violation of the sexual misconduct policy that covers Title IX by contacting Rebecca Mosely, the Title IX coordinator. Reports can be made in person, by telephone, by email, or online. She coordinates fair and equitable responses not only to reports of sexual violence but also to all reports of sexual and/or gender-based harassment, discrimination and violence made to the college. Though you may choose to report to another responsible employee (listed below), those people are required to share what they know with Rebecca so she can connect you to the information and support you need.
Rebecca Mosely, Title IX coordinator
Carnegie Building 204
Reports can also be made to any of the offices listed below. The administrators in those offices have been trained in the dynamics of sexual and or gender-based harassment, discrimination and violence, including sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence. They are well-versed in Oberlin College's Sexual Misconduct Policy that covers Title IX. Reports made to these offices will go directly to Rebecca Mosely, Title IX coordinator.
Safety and Security
Office of the Dean of Students
You can make an anonymous report to Rebecca Mosely concerning an act of sexual and/or gender-based harassment, discrimination and violence, including sexual violence, stalking and intimate partner violence. Be aware that the amount of information you provide may limit the college’s ability to respond to your report. Anonymous reports can be submitted in writing through campus mail to Rebecca Mosely, Carnegie Building 204 or online.
Off Campus Reporting Options
Conduct that may be criminal in nature can be reported to local law enforcement.
Oberlin Police Department
440-774-1601 (non-emergency) or 911
Lorain County Prosecutor
Conduct that may involve civil rights can be reported to external regulatory agencies.
Office for Civil Rights, Cleveland Office
216-522-4970, 1350 Euclid Ave, Suite 325, Cleveland, OH 44115
The OCR serves students and employees facing discrimination and works to create system-wide solutions to civil rights problems.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Cleveland Field Office
800-669-4000, 1240 E. 9th St. #3001, Cleveland, OH, 44199
The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of a person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.