Violence, Harassment, and Human Rights

Violence, Harassment, and Human Rights

The conduct regulations in UH&D Policy specifically prohibit harassment, verbal abuse, physical abuse, and threats of physical abuse in the residence halls.  Violence and harassment is not tolerated.  When a case is reported and documented, severe sanctions will be imposed, including the possibility of housing eviction and university suspension.  

For more information about the scope of prohibited activity and the complaint process, please refer to the Policy on Violence and the University’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct Involving Students, including Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment.  These policies are found online in the Policies and Regulations Affecting Students, 2013-14 http://dos.uiowa.edu/policies/  Policies which protect students from sexual harassment in the classroom and elsewhere on campus are posted on this same website. 

Residents with questions about the Sexual Misconduct Policy are urged to contact the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator at (319) 335-6200.  For information about the Committee on Human Rights, contact the Human Rights Committee Chairperson or the Office of the Vice President for Student Life.

Residence hall staff members are mandatory reporters for violence and harassment. Whenever a resident assistant or hall coordinator receives information about conduct in violation of the Violence Policy or the Sexual Misconduct Policy, the staff member will forward the information to the Dean of Students and to the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator for review.

Sexual Harassment

The University of Iowa prohibits sexual misconduct in any form, including sexual assault or sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and any form of nonconsensual sexual conduct. Students should be able to live, study, and work in an environment free from all forms of sexual misconduct. Any act that falls within the definition of sexual misconduct constitutes a violation of university policy.

The university is committed to fostering a campus environment that both promotes and expedites prompt reporting of sexual misconduct and timely and fair adjudication of sexual misconduct cases. The University's procedures are designed to protect the rights, needs, and privacy of the student making a University complaint, as well as the rights of students accused of sexual misconduct. The university also adheres to all federal, state, and local requirements for intervention, crime reporting, and privacy provisions related to sexual misconduct.

Sexual misconduct can be committed by men or women, and it can occur between people of the same or different sex. The University will make this policy and educational opportunities readily available to all students and other members of the university community. Creating a respectful, safe, and non-threatening environment is the responsibility of all members of the university community.

The University of Iowa will make every effort to safeguard the identities of students who seek help and/or report sexual misconduct. While steps are taken to protect the privacy of victims, the university may need to investigate an incident and take action once an allegation is known, whether or not the student chooses to pursue a complaint.

Formal complaints about sexual misconduct by university students, faculty, or staff should be made to the UI Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator (319-335-6200). No employee is authorized to investigate or resolve student complaints without the involvement of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator.

In addition to violating university policy, sexual misconduct might also constitute criminal activity. Students are strongly encouraged to inform law enforcement authorities about instances of sexual misconduct. The chances of a successful criminal investigation are greatly enhanced if evidence is collected and maintained immediately by law enforcement officers. Students may inform law enforcement authorities about sexual misconduct and discuss the matter with a law enforcement officer without making a formal criminal complaint or a formal university complaint.

Assistance in reporting any form of sexual misconduct to the proper law enforcement authorities is available to any student upon request from a certified victim advocate at RVAP or from the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator.

Discrimination

The University of Iowa prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference. The university also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to university facilities. For additional information contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, (319) 335-0705.

Complaints alleging violations of the Policy on Human Rights may be pursued in several places on campus, including the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 202 Jessup Hall, (319) 335- 0705 (text (319) 335-0697). Copies of the Policy and Diversity Procedures for Discrimination Complaints are available from that office and atwww.uiowa.edu/~eod.

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