UW Oshkosh is committed to providing the safest campus possible for our students, faculty and staff. Sexual assault, abuse or other sexual misconduct including domestic violence, dating violence and stalking is prohibited and will not be tolerated.
The University continually strives to prevent sexual assault by providing training and educational materials to all students and employees and by thoroughly investigating complaints on assault.
Counseling and support services are available to students who are assaulted and others affected. Please call the Counseling Center at (920) 424-2061 to set up an appointment with a staff counselor.
Available at UW Oshkosh in addition to the counseling center there is a Campus Victim Advocate.
UW Oshkosh has established procedures for addressing sexual assaults and interpersonal violence. The student determines their level of participation in the process.
Prevention Efforts: Risk Reduction Strategies
General Safety Tips
We encourage you to protect yourself and others whenever possible. Understand that no matter how safe or unsafe you are, sexual violence is not your fault.
Taking these actions may increase your safety and the safety of others.
- Be aware of your surroundings. For example, avoid wearing headphones in both ears, as this decreases your awareness of your surroundings. Walk in well-traveled and well lit pathways and walk with a purpose.
- Listen to your intuition. If you feel like something is wrong, it probably is.
- Don’t be afraid to make a scene and yell, scream, or run for protection.
- Alcohol and drugs can impair perceptions of and reactions to situations. Be especially careful when you drink, and when you’re with someone who has been drinking. Remember that someone who is incapacitated cannot give consent.
- Watch your beverage at all times. Date rape drugs are tasteless, colorless, and odorless. People often don’t know they have ingested these drugs until the effects are well under way.
- Be stronger and safer together. When you go out to a party or to the bars, look out for each other.
- Speak up or call the police if you see someone who could be in trouble.
- Make sure your cell phone is charged and with you.
- Get home safely. Take a cab, ask a friend for a ride, or get a SafeWalk.
It’s On Us to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive UW Oshkosh community. Helping in potentially harmful incidents is part of that responsibility. Follow these steps when someone appears to be vulnerable to sexual violence.
- Recognize when something is happening. Is someone vulnerable or in danger? When in doubt, trust your gut, and step up to help at the at the earliest possible point.
- Decide how you are going to help and then take action. Try not to put yourself at risk or make the situation worse. There are many ways to help in different situations:
Direct intervention: Directly addressing the situation in the moment to prevent harm. Examples of helping directly include talking to the person or removing them from the situation.
Delegation: Ask other people to help you. This may be a friend or someone who is in a role of authority, such as a police officer or campus official.
Distraction: Interrupting the situation without directly confronting someone by causing a distraction. Examples can include spilling your drink, asking a question, or causing a scene.
At UW Oshkosh we are Stronger and Safer Together. Do not remain silent and look the other way. Become an “active bystander”; confront friends who are becoming disrespectful or abusive; intervene if a friend may be in need of help. Speak out. Don’t allow others to make jokes about sexual assault or derogatory comments which condone violence. Support friends, family members and partners who have been assaulted. Listen to them and let them know about available resources. Contact the Campus Victim Advocate.
Warning Signs of a Potential Perpetrator....
Warning Signs of a Potential Perpetrator of Sexual Violence may include:
- Tests your personal boundaries
- Tries to isolate you from friends/group/etc.
- Encourages excessive substance use
- Forceful/aggressive behavior
- Grooming behavior
- Stalking (in person, phone, social media)
- Shows other warning signs of a potential abuser
Warning Signs of a Potential Stalker may include:
- Overly dependent upon only you
- Acts helpless or initiates your help
- A history of relationship violence and/or stalking
- Often shows up uninvited at your home or places you frequently go
- Cyber stalking by calling/texting excessively, creeping/posting on social media
- It’s On Us Join UW Oshkosh by taking the pledge. It’s On Us is a national awareness campaign administered by The White House to end sexual assault on college campuses.
- Not Alone Resources for how to respond to and prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses.
- U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women Resources for reducing violence against women, administering justice, and strengthening services for victims.
- The Pregnant Scholar An online toolkit for university students, faculty, and administrators, on pregnancy and parenting.