Reporting sexual assault at SWOSU
By Gena Hardy
For The Southwestern
About 80% of sexual assault cases go unreported, according to the Department of Justice.
If a student at SWOSU has been sexually assaulted, there are several options for them to report an incident. Students can contact campus police at 580-774-3111 or the Dean of Students, Josh Engle, at 580-774- 3767. A form is also available for students to report an incident on the SWOSU webpage. If in immediate danger, students should dial 911.
“When sexual assault is reported on campus, it can be kept confidential unlike when it is reported to the Weatherford Police where it is public record,” a representative from campus police said. “Many women do not want everyone to know they were assaulted, and as a woman, I would not want everyone to know it happened to me,” said the representative.
SWOSU follows the guidelines of Title IX (a federal law), which requires schools to publish grievance procedures for students to file complaints of sex discrimination, including complaints of sexual harassment or sexual assault. This information can be found on the SWOSU website.
SWOSU is required to file an annual Clergy Report (crime report). This report is required for institutions of higher education receiving federal financial assistance to disclose annual information about campus crime and security policies.
The new Clergy Report should be coming out in October or November, said the representative from campus police. According to the 2018-2019 Clergy Report, there have been five incidents of sexual assault on SWOSU campus reported from 2017 to 2019.
The 2018-2019 SWOSU Clergy Report states: “All forms of sexual violence should be reported, no matter the severity." SWOSU's primary concern is safety; therefore, individuals should not be deterred in reporting, even if the use of alcohol or other drugs was involved.
Confidential reporting options provide students with the ability to confidentially report and discuss an instance of sexual violence without their information being shared with others. However, confidential reporting limits the institution’s ability to respond to incidents.
You can find additional information regarding reports here: