Download and use the UWO Mobile App. You can report information anonymously, chat real-time with a UW Oshkosh Police Department dispatcher and find resources to help you connect with other resources on campus and in the area.
If you have information about this crime or others and you would like to remain anonymous, please contact Winnebago County Wide Crime Stoppers at (920) 231-8477 submit a P3 Tip online at www.winnebagocrimestoppers.org
Survivors of crimes are never responsible for their victimization. It is the perpetrators of crimes who affect the safety of our community members. Knowing this, there is much we can share to empower members of the campus community to remain safe, to encourage responsibility and accountability in others, to let perpetrators know we look out for one another and report crimes and to empower active bystanders.
Individual Safety Actions
- Lock up your vehicles and take valuable belongings into your residence
- Keep your valuables in sight or with you, don’t leave them unattended
- Walk in groups, stay together, and use the buddy system
- Never leave a drink unattended and, if you do, don’t drink out of it anymore
- Stay alert as you’re out and about. Consider using only one ear bud and be alert to your surroundings as much as possible.
- Report suspicious information to your local police department – chat with UWOPD in the UWO Mobile app
- Read about Substance Safety here
- Take advantage of the UWO Safewalk or UWO Go program when moving about late at night by requesting via UWO Mobile or by calling our Police Department – 920-424-1212
- Plan ahead, so that when you walk you are visible to other people. Choose an open, well-lit, and well-traveled area.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Make eye contact with passers-by and glance occasionally behind you.
- If you sense that you are being followed, change directions or cross the street. If the person or vehicle persists, move quickly to the nearest place where you will find other people, and call for help
- Download and use UWO Mobile – it’s packed with safety resources that can be used on and off campus. One great feature is the Mobile Blue Light to connect your location instantly with the UWO Police Department. Physical Blue Light stations are also accessible on campus.
- Make the UW Oshkosh Police Department phone number (920-424-1212) your first speed dial choice.
Community Safety Actions
- Intervene if you believe that someone is at risk. You can directly intervene, if it is safe to do so, delegate to someone else, or create a distraction or disruption. For more information on bystander intervention strategies, or to sign up for training, visit https://uwosh.edu/bystander/.
- Remind those involved in the situation of the potential consequences of their actions. Sexual and interpersonal violence are crimes punishable via campus conduct, criminal, and civil proceedings and may lead to suspension, expulsion, fines, or incarceration.
- Challenge group norms that allow rape culture to persist, such as rigid gender roles or expectations.
- Do not participate in pressuring your peers to engage in violent behavior, and interrupt peer pressure that you witness.
Reduce Your Risk of Committing Sexual and/or Interpersonal Violence
- Understand and respect personal boundaries.
- Clearly communicate your intentions to your sexual partner(s) and give them a chance to clearly relate their intentions to you.
- Don’t engage in sexual activity with someone who is mentally or physically incapable of giving consent. Engaging in sexual activity with someone who is incapacitated due to alcohol or drugs, passed out, or is otherwise incapable of saying no is sexual assault.
- Listen carefully. Take time to hear what the other person has to say. Ask for clarification if you feel they are not being direct or are giving you a “mixed message.”
- Don’t fall for the cliché “if they say no, they really mean yes.” If your partner(s) says “no” to sexual contact, believe them and stop. If they seem uncomfortable or uncertain, stop and check in. It is never acceptable to force sexual activity, or to pressure, coerce, or manipulate someone into having sex, no matter the circumstances.
- Don’t make assumptions about a person’s behavior. Don’t assume that someone wants to have sex because of the way they are dressed, how much they drank, or if they agree to go to your room.
- Obtain consent for each sexual encounter and activity. Past consent does not imply future consent
- Mixed messages from your partner(s) are a clear indication that you should stop and communicate better. You may be misreading each other. Your partner(s) may not have figured out how far they want to go with you yet. You must respect the timeline for sexual behaviors with which your partner(s) is comfortable.
- Realize that your potential partner(s) could be intimidated by you, or fearful. You may have a power advantage simply because of your gender, size, or position in a club or organization. Don’t abuse that power.