What is OU Advocates?
OU Advocates are volunteer staff members at the University of Oklahoma who are trained advocates. We are on-call 24/7 to respond to respond if anyone in our OU community experiences sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, or sexual harassment. We are a free and confidential resource on campus.
What Does Confidential Mean?
OU Advocates are a confidential resource, which means personally identifiable information, such as your name, ID number, or address, will not be disclosed to campus or law enforcement without your consent. Meeting with an Advocate will not trigger an investigation.
We are not mandatory reporters, so we will not share your information with the Sexual Misconduct Office.
If the incident happens on campus, we are required to share incident type, general location, and date to OUPD to ensure campus safety. However, no identifying information will be shared.
How Can You Contact OU Advocates?
You can call the crisis line 405-615-0013, contact us through WhatsApp, or stop by in person to the Gender + Equality Center.
Who Can Receive Services?
Any student, staff, or faculty member in the OU community can utilize Advocate services. OU Advocates is available for all gender identities.
What Can You Expect When Speaking with an OU Advocate?
When calling or meeting with OU Advocates, you should expect empathy, compassion, support. We will listen to you and believe you. When speaking with OU Advocates, you can share as much or as little information as you would like. We will listen to you and help you navigate the various options for resources and referrals.
Sometimes we have an initial phone call for only general information and questions, but more often, the phone call leads to an in-person meeting. Depending on the call, the in-person meeting will typically take place in the Gender + Equality Center in a private room. Other times, we can meet an individual at a police station, hospital, or rape crisis center.
We also provide long-term advocacy. We can go with you to meetings at the Sexual Misconduct Office, with police officers or detectives, to hearings at the courthouse. We want to support you and help navigate the various procedures involved.