Ongoing training is provided to individuals involved in the campus response in order 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 and Administrative Officers (A/AOs)
The University of Iowa designates certain employees as Academic and Administrative Officers, or A/AOs. Under university policy, A/AOs are responsible to report incidents of sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. OSMRC’s website provides information for employees who wish to determine if they are A/AOs and their reporting responsibilities.
In 2017, The University of Iowa collaborated with Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa to select a new online provider for mandatory employee harassment prevention education. The new product, which was implemented in spring 2018, includes expanded interactive training on how to respond to a disclosure of sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, or stalking. In addition to providing information on reporting responsibilities, the new online training for A/AOs includes guidance on a trauma-informed response. All A/AOs must complete the training within the first two months of their appointment and renew the training every three years.
Additionally, 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. OSMRC also 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 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 presented by consultant Kristal Gibson, provided an opportunity to practice application of an investigative framework. Training topics were developed through a collaborative process and were informed by best practice recommendations from national organizations as well as compliance requirements. 6 people attended the training in 2018.
Collaborative training: Community partnerships are critical
The University of Iowa is grateful to the Iowa City Police Department for sharing training resources harnessed through a competitive $450,000 Department of Justice grant the city’s police department received. The grant initiative, titled, “Integrity, Action, and Justice: Strengthening Law Enforcement Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence,” started in January 2018. UI campus responders, including IT forensic security analysts, were able to attend trainings provided by national experts affiliated with the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Topics included, trauma, stalking, strangulation, LGBTQ+ response, and drug and alcohol facilitated sexual assault. Longtime UI Anti-Violence Coalition collaborator, Sgt. Scott Stevens, Iowa City Police Department, served as the Iowa City Police Department’s project director.
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.
The in-service training series concluded in spring 2018 with two sessions:
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