New reports by month

The data in this section reflect reports that were received by OSMRC between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2018. The data do not reflect Clery crime statistics, which can be found in the Annual Security Report published by the Department of Public Safety. While many of these reports refer to incidents that happened in the context of a person’s affiliation to The University of Iowa, OSMRC also receives reports about incidents that happened off campus or before a person came to the university. These reports are also included in the data shared in this section.

Graph showing reports received by OSMRC in 2018 by month

Reports may contain more than one incident and/or incident type, or more than one reporting party or respondent.

 

This breakdown of reports received by month reflects changes throughout the calendar year. September is the month with the highest number of reports, which is consistent with national statistics reflecting increased risk of victimization at the beginning of the academic year, especially for first-year students.

 

4-year comparison of reports received

The data in this section reflect reports that were received by OSMRC in each calendar year (January 1 to December 31) in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. The data do not reflect Clery crime statistics, which can be found in the Annual Security Report published by the Department of Public Safety. While many of these reports refer to incidents that happened in the context of a person’s affiliation to The University of Iowa, OSMRC also receives reports about incidents that happened off campus or before a person came to the university. These reports are also included in the data shared in this section.

Reports are classified based on the best information we have available; reports we receive vary greatly in the level of detail they contain. A single report may include multiple incidents and/or multiple incident types. Reports including multiple incident types appear under each incident type category.

Graph showing 4-year comparison of reports received by incident type

Reports may contain more than one incident and/or incident type, or more than one reporting party or respondent.

 

The number of reports received by OSMRC has increased for some incident types, while remaining the same or decreasing for other incident types. An increase in the number of reports doesn’t necessarily indicate that more incidents are occurring, but may instead reflect a greater awareness of what constitutes a reportable incident. 

 

Affiliation of the reporting party

We use the term “reporting party” to describe the individual harmed in an incident reported to the university. Any person harmed, including those with no UI affiliation, has the option to make an administrative complaint against a UI student or employee.

OSMRC facilitates accommodations for any university student or employee impacted by sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, or stalking, whether or not that individual chooses to make a complaint. In cases in which the reporting party has no university affiliation, OSMRC may reach out to provide information about confidential support resources. 

The “affiliation unknown to the UI” category includes reports in which the party’s affiliation was known but not disclosed to the UI. These data reflect reports in which the respondent was student, staff, faculty, unaffiliated, or of unknown affiliation.

Graph showing the affiliation of the reporting party by incident type

Reports may contain more than one incident and/or incident type, or more than one reporting party or respondent.

 

National statistics indicate that college-aged students are at higher risk of victimization than other age groups. Prevention programming for students continues to focus on shifting cultural norms and encouraging bystander intervention. Data from the Speak Out survey indicates that students are most likely to disclose to a peer. Based on this data, the Student Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the Anti-Violence Coalition, was tasked with developing education for students on how to help a friend

 

Affiliation of the respondent

We use the term “respondent” to describe the individual reported to have committed harm. The affiliation of the respondent determines whether the university has jurisdiction to investigate, which policies apply, and which offices might be involved in responding.

Student conduct investigations are conducted by the Office of the Dean of Students. Employee conduct investigation are conducted by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. If a respondent is not affiliated with the university, our ability to take action is limited.

The “affiliation unknown to the UI” category includes reports in which the party’s affiliation was known but not disclosed to the UI. These data reflect reports in which the reporting party was student, staff, faculty, unaffiliated, or of unknown affiliation.

Graph showing the affiliation of the respondent by incident type

Reports may contain more than one incident and/or incident type, or more than one reporting party or respondent.

 

The high number of reports of sexual harassment involving staff relative to other incident types likely reflects and increased awareness of sexual harassment as a workplace policy. University of Iowa employees with a greater than 50% appointment are required to complete a prevention education program when they begin employment and must repeat the training every three years.

Some reports involving unaffiliated respondents are Clery reports and relate to incidents that occurred on campus properties, including incidents in which neither party is affiliated.

The reports in which the respondent’s affiliation is unknown include reports in which the respondent’s identity was known but not shared as well as reports in which the respondent was a stranger.

 

Incident location

Tracking the locations of reported incidents OSMRC to identify and address possible patterns. The location of incidents is also important for data collection related to the Clery Act, which requires that campuses report information about crimes committed on campus or areas adjacent to campus.

For the purposes of this report, “on campus” refers to reports in which at least one incident took place in a campus building, including academic buildings, residence halls, and the hospital; in campus parking lots and public areas; in fraternity and sorority houses; and in buildings controlled by our university, such as dorms in a university-sponsored study abroad program. “Off campus” refers to reports in which incidents took place at a reported off campus location. “Unknown” refers to reports in which no location information was shared.

Graph showing the location of report by incident type

Reports may contain more than one incident and/or incident type, or more than one reporting party or respondent.

 

Most reports received by OSMRC relate to incidents that occurred on campus, indicating an opportunity to continue our prevention efforts by working with departments and colleges to create protective environments on campus. There continues to be a clear need to collaborate with community partners; a 2018 Department of Justice grant expanded training for Iowa City Police Department officers on responding to reports of sexual assault and domestic violence.