Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Filing a Complaint

  • Who can file a complaint? Any person with relevant information concerning a possible violation of the Code of Student Conduct may file a complaint. Although the Student Conduct process can operate parallel to criminal or civil justice processes, it is not the forum to rely on if you hope to recover money damages or otherwise seek a judgment in your favor. You may have remedies at law you to consider. Our office cannot advise you on those options. Enrolled Ohio State students (who did not waive the associated fee) should contact Student Legal Services at 614-247-5853 to consult with an attorney.
  • How do I file a complaint? You can report a complaint by submitting information using the Incident Report form available on the university's Title IX website at 
  • What happens after I submit a Report? Title IX will review your report and an Intake Coordinator will contact to describe available resources and explain your options, including those available in Student Conduct. 
  • What is my role in the disciplinary process if I meet with a Student Conduct investigator?  A Student Conduct investigator will meet with you to fully explain the process and learn more about the allegations.  
  • May I have a support person with me? You may have a support person with you throughout the process. The person serves in an advisory and supportive role, and may not speak for you. Your support person cannot be a witness in the case. For more information, please review our Advisor Information page.
  • Am I required to attend a hearing of the accused student? We strongly encourage the complainant to participate fully in the disciplinary process, including attending a hearing of the accused if necessary. If you are uncomfortable with attending a hearing, please ask to speak with your investigator. There may be options available that address your concerns, such as testifying from a separate room. The accused student will have the right to ask questions of you, but we make great effort to keep the questioning from being done in an inappropriate manner and to make the environment feel as safe as possible.
  • Can I choose to stop the process from happening? That depends on the nature of the allegations. In some cases, you can choose to stop the process. In some others, if there is an issue of safety for you or members of the OSU community, the university may have to take action, even if you do not want it to. You may discuss your concerns and preferences with your investigator or Title IX Intake Coordinator.
  • Can I submit a complaint anonymously? Yes, but our ability to start or complete an investigation may be limited without knowing the source of the complaint.