What do I do if a research participant tells me about an experience with sexual harassment or sexual violence?
All OSU employees are required to consult with the University Title IX Coordinator, Angelo Gomez, or his designee in the Office of Equity and Inclusion if they receive information about sexual harassment or sexual violence that meets one or more of the following criteria:
- Is alleged to have been perpetrated by an OSU student, staff, or faculty member, OR
- Has occurred on OSU property or during an OSU activity, OR
- Has created continuing effects in the educational setting
Please see the OSU policy on responding to disclosures of sexual harassment and sexual violence for more detailed information.
How will this impact my research at OSU?
The requirement to consult with the Office of Equity and Inclusion is specific to OSU employees. Student researchers who learn of reportable should discuss this information with the Principal Investigator (PI) on the study. It is then the responsibility of the PI to contact the Title IX Coordinator.
If the research topic is sexual harassment or sexual violence
If there is a reasonable expectation that the target population will disclose information triggering the need for consultation with the Office of Equity and Inclusion, a plan for this circumstance must be included in the research protocol and the consent form.
In the event that individually identifying information about the research participant is disclosed to the Office of Equity and Inclusion or other non-study team members, this would constitute an anticipated adverse event and the corresponding form must be submitted to the IRB within 30 days of this disclosure.
If the research topic is not sexual harassment or sexual violence
If a research participant discloses information triggering the need for consultation with the Office of Equity and Inclusion, this will constitute a reportable event to the IRB since it could not have been anticipated. The Principal Investigator must complete and submit the “Unanticipated Problem” form within three days of learning of the issue.