Ongoing training is provided to individuals involved in the campus response process to ensure prompt, fair, and trauma-informed proceedings. The topics for training are based on best practices recommended by national institutions, federal compliance requirements, and needs identified by campus community members. Training is accomplished through a variety of methods: national trainers are brought to campus to provide training to interdisciplinary groups; staff are supported to attend train-the-trainer events to gain skills for developing sustainable training programs for their departments; campus partners provide training related to their areas of expertise; and webinars from national providers are watched and discussed in a group setting. In addition to the training summarized in this report, individuals are supported to attend training at conferences and events offered by external organizations.
Training for Academic or Administrative Officers (A/AOs)
The University of Iowa designates certain employees Academic or Administrative Officers, or A/AOs. Under university policy, A/AOs are responsible to report incidents of sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. OSMRC and RVAP offer the Responding to Disclosures as an A/AO workshop to ensure a caring, effective, and prompt response to disclosures by clarifying A/AO responsibilities under the Policy on Sexual Harassment, highlighting our institutional obligations, and providing trauma-informed response.
In 2017, OSMRC and RVAP provided the Responding to Disclosures as an A/AO workshop to staff, faculty, and teaching assistants in the ESL department, University College, the Iowa Center for Higher Education in Des Moines, Human Resources, Academic Support and Retention, the College of Public Health, Communications Studies, the Upward Bound program, and professional staff in Residence Education. A total of 337 university employees completed the workshop in 2017. Evaluations submitted following the workshop indicated that 94% of participants agreed that the training presented new information, 100% agreed that it presented valuable information. 91% agreed that their ability to respond to reports of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking improved as a result of the training, and 94% indicated that they were likely to apply the content of the training to their work.
OSMRC participates in annual training for all residence hall coordinators, resident assistants, and Hawkeye Guides to ensure that participants can identify incidents of sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking and respond appropriately.
Training for law enforcement
National consultant Tom Tremblay held a two-day training for law enforcement officers in summer 2017. The training was open to UI Department of Public Safety officers and all municipal departments in the area. Topics from the first day of training included how rape myths and biases can impact investigations, the impact of trauma on behavior and victim response, and successful strategies for promoting victim empowerment. The second day of training provided specific information to improve trauma-informed interviews and investigations.
27 people attended the first day of training. 92% agreed that the training gave them a better understanding of the impact of trauma on victims and the investigation. 88% agreed that they identified new skills and techniques that will strengthen their approach to victims. One officer who attended the training commented, “Excellent information about shifting the focus from questioning what the victim was doing to questioning the actions of the offender… My future interviews will be more trauma informed.”
40 people attended the second day of training. 100% agreed that they felt better prepared to ad-dress sexual assault as a result of the training, and 94% agreed that they felt motivated to implement new approaches and investigative practices regarding sexual assault. One participant commented, “I knew rape culture existed but not to such an extreme. My eyes have been opened and I am thankful because I realized that even I was falling victim to being so accepting of it. Thank you!”
Training for judicial administrators
OSMRC collaborated with campus partners to develop and implement a 12-hour training series for investigators, adjudicators, appeal officers, and decision makers. This series is intended to provide baseline information for all individuals involved in resolving complaints of sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, or stalking.
The training consists of three 4-hour modules. The first module was presented by Adam Robinson of RVAP and Delaney Dixon of DVIP and provided background on the dynamics of sexual assault and dating/domestic violence. The second module, presented by Monique DiCarlo of OSMRC and Nate Levin of the Office of the General Counsel, focused on UI policies and procedures. The final module, presented by consultant Kristal Gibson, provided an opportunity to practice application of an investigative frame-work. Training topics were developed through a collaborative process and were informed by best practice recommendations from national organizations as well as compliance requirements.
22 people attended the training in 2017. Plans are in place to offer the three modules regularly in future years.
Anti-Violence Coalition In-Service Training Series
The Anti-Violence Coalition In-Service Training Series provides ongoing training opportunities to decision makers and others involved in adjudicating or responding to sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking cases. Training opportunities are open to members of the Anti-Violence Coalition, community partners, and others in the campus community. Each training event includes time scheduled for discussion; participants critically discuss how the training content relates to their role in the university’s response process, share questions and concerns, and offer multidisciplinary perspectives on the training content. Participants complete an evaluation at the end of each training session.
In-service training offered through this series in 2017 included:
- Supporting LGBTQIA Survivors, Kimberly Andresen-Reed, Transformative Healing
- Nonconsensual Pornography: Circulating Sexual Violence Online, Amber Morczek, Washington State University
- Working with Male-Identified Survivors of Sexual Violence, Adam Robinson, Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP)
- Working with International Student Survivors of Sexual Assault, Pierre Berastain, Casa de Esperanza and Mira Yusef, Monsoon Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity
- Campus Stalking: New Regulations and the Implications for Campus Responders, National Center for Victims of Crime
- “Reading” Victims and Judging Credibility, Wendy Patrick for End Violence Against Women International
- ACE Study: Exposure to Childhood Trauma and Implications, Dr. Tess Judge-Ellis, University of Iowa College of Nursing
- Stalking on Campus, National Center for Victims of Crime