On behalf of the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator and the University of Iowa Anti-violence Coalition, I share our 2019 annual report. Each year, we document data related to reports and complaints received, as well as summarize some of our collaborative efforts from the prior calendar year. While we use the same reporting period, calendar year, used by the Department of Public Safety to publish the Annual Security Report, the incident data summarized in the Annual Security Report is specific to incidents of crime as defined under the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program whereas the OSMRC data will include incidents that meet a broader incident definition from university policy and that may have occurred off campus. We typically publish our annual report in the fall, however the pandemic and staffing changes created a delay. We remain committed to sharing our report with the campus community and plan to be back on schedule for the 2020 report.
During calendar year 2019, broad based efforts to increase awareness about where to report problems and get help were implemented. This focus was informed by results from the 2017 SPEAK OUT Iowa student survey that suggested about half of the students responding to the survey knew this information. Projects included Resident Assistants in Housing completing individual Hawk Talks with their residents that highlighted where students could file a complaint and access confidential support. Recognizing that research and assessment literature suggests young workers or student interns are at a higher risk for experiencing sexual harassment, a “Safety in Your Internship” tip sheet was created by a Pomerantz Career Center workgroup. Working with other campus and community partners, RVAP lead a task group that created Talking with your Student about Sexual Assault and Dating Violence, a parent and family handbook to be provided during summer orientation. Parents are key partners in assisting with the university’s endeavors to educate students about resources. Responding to disclosures slides were included in the online Iowa GROW training module to assist those supervising student employees in the Division of Student Life. The Office of the Provost worked with Associate Deans to revise and recommend Syllabi Language for individual colleges to adopt. Work to identify new opportunities for assisting supervisors with responding to sexist and crude comments in the workplace lead to the development of the Employee Messaging and Training Timeline to better understand when and what messages and training employees and supervisors receive. A sexual harassment scenario was included in the Advanced Management Series and will be included in future offerings of the series. Recognizing the intersectionality of sexual harassment and other protected class discrimination, a pilot with Dining student employees completed the employee Anti-Harassment Training. The outcome suggests adopting this strategy more broadly could be helpful. The Student Advisory Committee on Sexual Misconduct (SACSM) created a video series, How to Help a Friend. The first video in the series provides tips and resources on how to respond to a friend/peer who discloses an experience with sexual misconduct and the second video outlines confidential on and off campus resources. Collaborative work is at the heart of our success. I am grateful to the OSMRC team and the Anti-violence Coalition members for their commitment to creating a campus community where all members can learn and contribute in a safe and respectful environment. OSMRC remains committed to advancing the UI Anti-violence Plan initiatives, while holding to the highest standards of professionalism and consideration for those interacting with our office.
Monique DiCarlo, Title IX Coordinator and Director of the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator