Myth: Unwelcome behavior only counts as sexual harassment if it comes from your boss.

Fact: Any verbal, visual, or physical behavior may be considered sexual harassment if it creates a quid pro quo or an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning environ-ment. If you’ve witnessed or experienced such behavior, we encourage you to contact OSMRC or a confidential resource to consult about options. 

 

Myth: Most people who report to a UI official move forward with a complaint.

Fact: The reporting party has a say in what happens with their report, and not all reports result in a complaint; in fact, most do not. We work hard to balance the needs of the person harmed with the need for campus safety, and to maintain transparency with reporting parties and campus partners. 

 

Myth: Sexual assault is the same thing as rape.

Fact: Under university policy, sexual assault includes nonconsensual sexual touching and nonconsensual sexual penetration. The term rape is used in some criminal jurisdictions and is not used in university policy. 

 

Myth: Stalking means following someone around.

Fact: Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. While stalking may involve following someone around, many other behaviors may also be considered stalking if they create fear, including nonconsensual repeated communication, monitoring someone’s online activity, threatening to harm someone’s friends or pets, or posing as someone else. 

 

Myth: Dating violence has to include physical violence to be worth reporting.

Fact: The university prohibits coercive, abusive, and threatening behavior toward intimate partners. This includes actions that are sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological as well as physical actions. The Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP) has a 24-hour hotline at 800-373-1043 where you can seek confidential help for yourself or a friend. 

 

Myth: I can only get help if I make a complaint.

Fact: It is not necessary to make a complaint to ask for help. OSMRC facilitates accommodations, provides linkage to confidential resources, and discusses administrative and criminal complaint options, regardless of whether you decide to make a complaint or not. 

 

We are here to help. If you or someone you know has been impacted by sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, or stalking, contact OSMRC.

Reports can be made:

  • In person with OSMRC: email osmrc@uiowa.edu or call 319-335-6200 to make an appointment
  • Over the phone: 319-335-6200
  • By email: osmrc@uiowa.edu
  • Using our online form: osmrc.uiowa.edu/report-problem-0