The University of Iowa Anti-Violence Plan
for sexual misconduct, dating violence, and stalking

The University of Iowa has a committed team working to prevent sexual misconduct, dating violence, and stalking; provide support to survivors; and hold offenders accountable.

The UI strives to maintain a safe and respectful environment, which requires campus-wide support and continuous effort. Through collaborative efforts, including the Six Point Plan to Combat Sexual Assault, we have made measurable progress, but there is more work to be done.

The University of Iowa Anti-Violence Coalition (AVC), made up of campus stakeholders and community partners, worked together to identify additional action items focusing on prevention and education, policy, and intervention. This new two-year plan is influenced by responses to the Speak Out Iowa campus climate survey (noted by numbers), evidence-informed efforts and practices (noted by letters), and input from members of the AVC and campus constituents.

It’s on all of us to continue this important work. 


Prevention and Education

Goal: To expand existing programs, create new education opportunities for the campus community, and use comprehensive evaluation to maximize the effectiveness of all programming. This work is guided by the UI Comprehensive Education Model.

  1. Implement an online refresher course on sexual misconduct in the first semester for incoming undergraduate students as a follow-up to the required Success at Iowa course taken before coming to campus (2)
     >>Fall 2016: Refresher course made available to UI community via the Ending Violence at Iowa site through the end of the fall 2016 semester
     >>Fall 2016: Refresher course implemented as a required component of the Success at Iowa course for all incoming Spring 2017 undergraduate students
  2. Develop a new module for orientation programs for incoming graduate and professional students to increase awareness of resources and reporting options, as well as prevention education (5, 12) (B, C)
  3. Expand faculty/staff sexual harassment prevention education by:
    • Including employees with appointments below 50% and undergraduate students in formal peer leadership roles (e.g., tutors) (5) (C)
    • Including more primary prevention strategies, as well as explaining the importance of creating an environment where sexist and crude gender harassment is not used, even if it does not violate university policy (5) (C)
  4. Explore options and models for partnering with feeder high schools given evidence that prevention is more likely to be effective with students, developmentally, before college (2) (C)
  5. Continue to engage and share prevention resources and strategies with community partners to help prevent incidents of sexual misconduct off campus (3) (C)
  6. Work with Fraternity and Sorority Life staff and student leaders to implement procedures that create protective environments (e.g., improving safety and monitoring at events and creating social incentives for behavior) (2) (C)
  7. Continue to develop and implement targeted education for and about specific populations identified at high risk for victimization (e.g., international students, LGBT community, etc.) (H)
  8. Increase messaging to parents about policies, procedures, resources, and how to respond to a disclosure (D)
  9. Develop and implement programming that promotes healthy masculinity across campus, specifically engaging groups where students who identify as men come together (C)
  10. Raise awareness about dating violence and stalking, including where to get help and how to report victimization (6,7) (B, H), by:
    • Implementing a communications campaign (11)
    • Making sure existing programs have the resource information on stalking and dating violence readily accessible
  11. Implement Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA) sexual assault resistance education program (1) (C), including content on:
    • The role of alcohol (3)
    • Verbal and physical defense (1, 8)
    • Perpetrator behavior and patterns (8)
  12. Ensure programs reinforce that sexual assault by an acquaintance is most common while also raising awareness of measures to reduce the risk of victimization by a stranger (8)
     >>Fall 2016: NITE RIDE late-night transportation service expanded to be open to all genders
  13. Ensure alcohol harm reduction efforts include: (3) (C, I)
    • Recommendations for parents/guardians on talking with their student about alcohol (e.g., A Parent Handbook for Talking with College Students About Alcohol)
    • Environmental prevention strategies (e.g., alcohol control measures/local ordinances)
    • Late-night entertainment alternatives

     >>Fall 2016: Alcohol Harm Reduction Committee committed to retaining the parent handbook, working collaboratively with the Anti-Violence Coalition on environmental prevention strategies, and ensuring there are late-night alternatives in the Alcohol Harm Reduction Plan and budget

  14. Identify and explore ways to centralize the evaluation of all student prevention education programs through coordination in the Office of the Vice President for Student Life (B, E)
  15. Build a team of peer educators to expand capacity for prevention education, including increasing student preparedness to respond to disclosures of victimization (1, 9, 11)
  16. Maximize attendance of bystander intervention training during On Iowa! by offering it earlier in the orientation schedule, and track attendance so students not in attendance can be identified for future programming (2) (C)
     >>Fall 2016: The bystander intervention training in the Fall 2016 On Iowa! session was offered earlier in the week; commitment to retain schedule change
  17. Partner with UISG to promote It’s On Us messaging campaign to expand its impact and ensure the content is aligned and linked to other prevention activities (1, 2) (C)
     >>Fall 2016: UISG produced a new It's On Us Public Service Announcement
  18. Create a web resource connecting groups and individuals looking for education with the appropriate resources and opportunities (2) (C)
     >>Fall 2016: The Ending Violence at Iowa site went live
  19. Implement a strategy for continuous improvement by establishing learning benchmarks for all students in their first, second, third, and fourth years, and assessing outcomes (e.g., know when each student should receive what content and develop specific skills, recognizing that there’s an optimal progression in knowledge/skills development) (F, H)
  20. Implement biannual climate survey of students regarding their experiences with sexual misconduct, dating violence, and stalking (I)



GOAL: To integrate inclusive, trauma-informed, person-centered interventions for all those impacted by sexual misconduct, dating violence, and stalking, in a fair and equitable manner.

  1. Enhance education about resources on campus and in the community for students to ensure they know where to get help and where to make a report by: (12) (B)
    • Providing a safety booklet in every residence hall room that highlights resources available on campus (2)
       >>Fall 2016: Safety booklet was provided in every residence hall room, sponsored by UI Parent and Family network; commitment to retain content in booklet for fall 2017
    • Updating crime alerts to include hyperlinks/images (11)
    • Increasing reminders about where to get help and where to report by exploring new communication methods to reach students and implementing messaging campaigns (9, 12) (B)
       >>Fall 2016: Department of Public Safety introduced the Hawk Watch app
       >>Fall 2016: Redesigned resource and reporting information in Success at Iowa course to ensure students know where to get help
       >>Fall 2016: UI Athletics added reporting and resource information to new student athlete orientation program.
  2. Provide training on responding effectively to disclosures to promote help-seeking behavior by:
    • Increasing education programs for students/campus community on how to respond to a disclosure by a friend/peer (9)
    • Ensuring responsible employees or Academic Administrative Officers (AAOs) can recognize and respond to a disclosure of sexual misconduct, dating violence, or stalking (5, 6 & 7) (B)
       >>Fall 2016: "Responding to Disclosures as an A/AO" information guide was mailed to over 8,500 UI staff and faculty
       >>Fall 2016: "Responding to Disclosures as an A/AO" workshop offered by OSMRC and RVAP was requested by 3 departments and completed by 55 staff and faculty
  3. Collaborate with directors of graduate programs and professional school deans to cultivate a respectful and safe environment within their department or college (5) (E)
  4. Advance investigative expertise for campus law enforcement and judicial administrators to increase accountability of persons committing sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking (4) (H):
    • Develop a sustainable education program for new officers and judicial administrators
       >>Fall 2016: Two Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers attended a trainer development workshop then developed and implemented a 5-hour training on gender-based violence for all DPS officers
    • Provide annual ongoing training to all officers and judicial administrators, ensuring training content is culturally inclusive and addresses needs of the LGBT community
       >>Fall 2016: Anti-Violence Coalition in-service training on the neurobiology of trauma and trauma-informed victim interviewing techniques was made available to AVC members and others involved in the campus Title IX complaint process
  5. Strengthen resources for survivors:
    • Raise awareness about the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACE) to promote linkage with resources for reducing the risk of future trauma (4) (C)
       >>Fall 2016: A question related to ACEs was added to the Excelling@Iowa survey for all first-year, transfer, and TRIO students, allowing for a student to be immediately linked with resources, if needed
    • Expand the capacity of RVAP to provide long-term therapeutic care and support group services (1, 2) (C)
       >>Fall 2016: RVAP added Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) as a resource to survivors
    • Increase survivors’ access to immediate support through RVAP advocacy and mobile messaging (I)
  6. Expand resources for people accused of sexual misconduct by:
    • Creating student judicial process guidance for those accused (G)
    • Increasing training for senior human resource representatives and associate deans on how to have effective conversations that motivate behavioral change when facilitating an informal sexual harassment resolution (5)
  7. Expand resources for people found responsible for a policy violation to prevent reoccurrence and ensure fairness: 
    • Ensure an alcohol or drug assessment is required as a sanction when the person found responsible was using alcohol or drugs during an incident of sexual misconduct, dating violence, or stalking (3))
       >>Fall 2016: Office of the Dean of Students committed to requiring an alcohol or drug assessment as a sanction in cases in which the student found responsible for an incident of sexual misconduct, dating violence, or stalking was using drugs or alcohol
    • Implement a research-informed educational program for students who are found responsible for sexual misconduct, dating violence, or stalking to prevent reoccurrence (H)
  8. Engage with community partners to ensure coordinated responses by establishing a memorandum of understanding with local law enforcement agencies to complement the county guidelines for investigating sex crimes (J)



Goal: To review and revise policies on a consistent basis to ensure they are clear, fair, and effective at holding offenders accountable and keeping the campus community safe.

  1. Streamline and align existing civil rights policies and procedures while exploring the feasibility of merging them into one policy (A)
  2. Identify and utilize a variety of mechanisms to collect campus feedback to inform policy review and revision
  3. Identify and engage with local, state, and national policy leaders, as well as professional associations (e.g., elected officials, Office of Civil Rights, Association of Title IX Administrators, and National Association of College and University Attorneys) to confirm legal requirements are met, best practices are implemented, and the university contributes to societal change
  4. Develop explicit campus policy education programs and tools to increase knowledge about how policies are applied by:
    • Broadening publication of aggregate response and investigation outcomes data, including sanctions imposed, related to sexual misconduct, dating violence, and stalking to increase transparency (10)
    • Continuing to build on students’ favorable perception of how the UI would respond to a student reporting an incident of sexual misconduct, by increasing knowledge on how sexual misconduct policies and procedures are applied (10) (B)



A - ATIXA: Association of Title IX Administrators (n.d.).  The ATIXA one policy, one process model policy: Why choose the-one policy/one-process model. Retrieved from   

B - ATIXA: Association of Title IX Administrators (2016).  The ATIXA Title IX and VAWA section 304 training checklist.  Retrieved from

C - Centers for Disease Control.  (2016).  STOP SV: A technical package to prevent sexual violence.  Atlanta, GA.  Retrieved from  

D - The University of Iowa Academic Support and Retention (n.d.). Excelling@Iowa data showing that 20% of students talk to their parents and families every 3 waking hours. Shared at meeting 9/2016.

E - Nation, M., Crusto, C., Wandersman, B., Kumpfer, K. L., Seybolt, D., Morrissey-Kane, E., & Davino, K. (2003). What works in prevention: Principles of effective prevention programs. American Psychologist, 58(6/7), 449-456.

F - Nation, M., Keener, D., Wandersman, A., & DuBois, D. (2005). Applying the principles of prevention: What do prevention practitioners need to know about what works? Retrieved from

G - Office of Civil Rights. (April 4, 2011). Dear colleague letter on sexual violence.  Retrieved from

H - U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women 2014 Grant to Resource Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking on Campus

I - The White House (2014).The first report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault. Washington, DC: Author.  Retrieved from

J - The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault (n.d.). Building partnerships among law enforcement agencies, colleges and universities: Developing a memorandum of understanding to prevent and respond effectively to sexual assaults at colleges in universities. Retrieved from


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