OWU Cares about the well-being of our community! We are here to help if you, or someone you know, has experienced unwanted contact, is having a hard time managing personal experiences, or you are concerned for them. We are also available to provide guidance and support so you can help your friend!

The University’s main concern is the safety and well-being of all members of our community. Asking for help for yourself or a friend does not mean someone is in trouble. We can’t share the details of our response with you, but we will contact you to ensure we understand the situation or issue.

Asking for help does not mean that action will immediately be taken, unless we are concerned for safety of others. We understand that everyone processes their experiences differently and may need to learn about their options before they take action.

Is this an emergency?

  • Are you worried about the safety of yourself or anyone else?
  • Do you or anyone else need immediate medical attention?

If any of the above could be answered as yes, then it is probably an emergency situation. Please call Public Safety (740-368-2222) to get help.

If you have a concern about an OWU student, we encourage you to notify the OWU Care Team by submitting the Reporting Student Concerns form.

OWU Care Team

The Student Care Team is responsible for soliciting and evaluating reports of any student whose behavior is of concern. In addition, the Team will communicate with and monitor students whose behavior has been reported.

Who is the Care Team?

The Team is chaired by the Associate Dean of Student Success and is under the oversight of the Dean of Students. Members of the Team may include staff from the departments of Public Safety, Counseling Services, Residential Life, Student Conduct and Community Standards, Disability Services, and First Year Experience. Depending upon the situation, other community members may be asked to assist the Team.

Can I report anonymously?

A report may be completed anonymously; however, we strongly recommend you provide your name and contact information to allow a Care Team member to contact you should they need additional information regarding the report. Your personal information will be treated privately whenever possible. While we may contact you for further information or clarification, the Care Team will not, in general, follow up with you about any actions or response the team has implemented.

Confidential Resources

If you would like to speak with a confidential resource before you report a concern then please contact our Confidential Resources. The following resources do not share information received with anyone unless there is a threat to harm to self or others.

Counseling Services, HWCC 324, P 740-368-3145
All of our counselors are able to support you. We have a counselor on campus dedicated to support survivors of crime: Shayla Krecklow is a certified trauma practitioner and is available to assist students managing symptoms that result from their experience.

Chaplain’s Office, HWCC 308, P 740-368-3082

Health Services, Stuyvesant Hall, P 740-368-3160

Faculty and staff: please report information to the OWU Care Team if you have concerns for a student. If it is a report of sexual misconduct then please report directly to the appointed Title IX staff:

Jess Ettell Irvine (Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards): jlettell@owu.edu
Doug Koyle (Associate Dean for Student Success): dmkoyle@owu.edu
Dwayne Todd (Title IX Coordinator): dktodd@owu.edu

What happens if my name was reported?

If a community member was concerned about you and shared their concern with the Care Team, you can expect an email or contact from one of the Care Team members to touch base to assist and follow-up as needed. The Care Team’s collaboration with you is private and will not be shared with fellow students, parents, staff, or faculty without your permission or a legitimate reason to do so.

On Call Staff Member

A member of the Residential Life staff is on call 24 hours per day, in the event of an emergency or crisis situation. This person can be reached by contacting Public Safety.

The on call staff member may involve other OWU offices to determine the institutional response and will monitor an incident to make sure that adequate support is provided and continues to be made available even after the critical situation is resolved.

Additional support and privacy

Any information shared with the Team and any records created or collected by the Team will only be shared with the Team and others identified as necessary to:

1) evaluate the student’s behavior; 2) monitor the student’s compliance with the plan of action, if applicable; 3) determine whether the student can be reinstated to the University, if applicable; or 4) conduct other essential business for the university.

Absent written authority from the student, staff from Health or Counseling Services will not share information about a student’s interactions with Health or Counseling Services unless permitted by law.

This means that only those people who need to know in order to help with a critical incident will be given the student's name and other limited information as necessary. In rare instances, the On-Call Staff Member or Dean of Students Office may learn information that the University may be obligated to pursue or, in the event of significant concern for the safety and welfare of a student, to contact the student's parents or guardians.