Sexual Assault Policy

Programs addressing the problems of rape, acquaintance rape, and sexual harassment are offered throughout the year by campus security, the Counseling and Psychological Services Center, the Student Association, and the Residence Life staff, and during orientation. All students and employees, men and women alike, are encouraged to attend programs and become familiar with University policies, procedures, and services. These programs are designed to heighten awareness of all forms of sexual aggression with the ultimate goal of reducing students’ and employees’ risk of becoming perpetrators or victims. Sexual harassment is addressed in a separate University policy.

In the event a student or employee is sexually assaulted, the victim should do the following:

  • Call campus security and/or the Tulsa Police Department for assistance and to report the incident. Reporting does not require prosecution. Campus authorities are available to assist with reporting procedures.
  • Get medical attention.
  • Avoid bathing, douching, changing clothes, or any other activity that might destroy evidence of the assault.
  • Seek emotional support from friends, relatives, and counselors. Counseling is available through the Counseling and Psychological Services Center, Office of the University Chaplain, campus ministries, and “Call Rape.”

Normally, when a sexual assault is reported, Tulsa police contact Call Rape on behalf of the victim. A representative comes to the examination room to provide support and assist with victim/family counseling and victim compensation. Call Rape maintains a 24-hour crisis line, 744-RAPE. Rape examinations generally are paid for by the Tulsa Police Department if made within 24 hours.

Academic schedule and housing changes will be made if reasonably available. Student victims should contact the dean of their college to arrange academic schedule changes. The housing office will provide emergency housing if living arrangements must be changed.

Any student or employee who wishes to file a disciplinary complaint may do so according to established procedures. Regardless of whether law enforcement or criminal justice authorities choose to prosecute an act involving a University student or employee, disciplinary action may be imposed through a campus disciplinary proceeding. During such a disciplinary proceeding, the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present. Disciplinary sanctions may be imposed on students or employees who commit a sexual offense on campus or in connection with University-sponsored activities. Possible sanctions to be imposed following the final determination of disciplinary procedures include suspension or expulsion from the University or termination of University employment. The accuser and the accused will be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceedings brought alleging sexual misconduct.