OSMRC serves as a central place to report incidents of sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. Our office receives reports from across campus, including from Academic or Administrative Officers (A/AOs), residence halls, and our online form.
When OSMRC receives a report, we reach out to the reporting party offering to meet. Our initial meeting with the reporting party has three main goals:
- To provide linkage with a confidential resource
We work closely with confidential offices to ensure that people know where to speak to an advocate or get counseling or other support resources.
- To facilitate accommodations
Individuals may ask OSMRC for accommodations from the university to address safety or privacy concerns, the impact of trauma or stress, or scheduling conflicts that arise as a result of judicial or criminal proceedings. Common accommodation requests include excused absences, changes in housing, extension on assignments, and retroactive or late drops. You don’t need to make a complaint to ask for help.
- To review reporting and complaint options
OSMRC provides information about options to make an administrative complaint to the university or to report to law enforcement.
We understand that talking about a traumatic incident can be hard and that options for reporting may feel overwhelming. We reach out to reported victims/survivors because we care and we want to ensure every survivor receives information about supportive resources, whether they choose to make a complaint or not. Our goal is to provide information, including information about making an administrative complaint or reporting to law enforcement, so reporting parties can make an informed choice.
OSMRC monitors the campus climate for patterns and takes action to address a possible hostile environment. OSMRC is not a confidential office; we have a responsibility to balance the needs of the survivor with the need for campus safety. If we receive information that indicates there might be a threat to campus safety, we may be required to take action. We work closely with confidential resources to ensure reporting parties can make informed decisions about possible implications of reporting.
Academic of Administrative Officers (A/AOs)
Title IX requires that universities identify responsible employees who are required to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. At The University of Iowa, employees in positions designated as Academic or Administrative Officers (A/AOs) are responsible employees under Title IX.
When an A/AO hears a disclosure, they are required to refer the person harmed to RVAP or DVIP and report to OSMRC or EOD within two business days.
To find out if you are an A/AO, visit osmrc.uiowa.edu