Several University of Iowa policies can come into play when there is a complaint of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and/or stalking. It is not unusual that someone might make a complaint or simply inquire about making a complaint without understanding the policies involved. Relevant policies may include:
- Interim Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct (includes associated procedure)
- Code of Student Life
- Consensual Relationships Involving Students
- Physical and Sexual Abuse of Children
Depending on the situation and the identities of the involved parties, one of the following procedures or guidelines may also guide the university's response:
Facilitating Supportive Measures
In coordination with OSMRC, faculty and staff across campus may be involved in implementing Supportive Measures on behalf of Complainants and Respondents. OSMRC is responsible for ensuring such measures are provided when reasonably available. Once a supportive measure has been provided, please use this online form to confirm the action taken with OSMRC.
Learn more about Supportive Measures in Section 4.8 of the Interim Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct.
Training of the Title IX Team
It is critically important that individuals involved in handling complaints of potential violations of university policies are well-trained. The university is dedicated to ensuring that members of the Title IX Team, including investigators, adjudicators, sanctioning decision-makers, appeal officers, and OSMRC response coordinators understand their role, requirements under Title IX, VAWA and the law, as well as best practice. In August 2020, members of this team attended a one-day training with Husch Blackwell. The slides for that training are available HERE.