The data in this section reflect reports that were received by OSMRC between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019. The data do not reflect Clery crime statistics, which can be found in the Annual Security Report published by the Department of Public Safety. While many of these reports refer to incidents that happened in the context of a person’s affiliation to The University of Iowa, OSMRC also receives reports about incidents that happened off campus or before a person came to the university. These reports are also included in the data shared in this section.

 

Reports may contain more than one incident and/or incident type, or more than one reporting party or respondent.

This breakdown of reports received by month reflects changes throughout the calendar year. October is the month with the highest number of reports, which is consistent with national data reflecting increased risk of victimization at the beginning of the academic year, especially for first-year students.

4-year comparison of reports received

The data in this section reflect reports that were received by OSMRC during each calendar year (January 1 to December 31) in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. The data do not reflect Clery crime statistics, which can be found in the Annual Security Report published by the Department of Public Safety. While many of these reports refer to incidents that happened in the context of a person’s affiliation to The University of Iowa, OSMRC also receives reports about incidents that happened off campus or before a person came to the university. These reports are also included in the data shared in this section.

Reports are classified based on the best information we have available; reports we receive vary greatly in the level of detail they contain. A single report may include multiple incidents and/or multiple incident types. Reports including multiple incident types appear under each incident type category.

 

Reports may contain more than one incident and/or incident type, or more than one reporting party or respondent.

The number of reports received by OSMRC has increased for some incident types, while remaining the same or decreasing for other incident types. An increase in the number of reports doesn’t necessarily indicate that more incidents are occurring but may instead reflect a greater awareness of what constitutes a reportable incident. 

Affiliation of the reporting party

We use the term “reporting party” to describe the individual harmed in an incident reported to the university. Any person harmed, including those with no UI affiliation, has the option to make an administrative complaint against a UI student or employee.

OSMRC facilitates accommodations for any university student or employee impacted by sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, or stalking, regardless of whether that individual chooses to make a complaint. For cases in which the reporting party has no university affiliation, OSMRC may reach out to provide information about confidential support resources.

The “Affiliation unknown to UI” category includes reports in which any of the following may have been true: the respondent’s affiliation was known but not disclosed to the UI, the respondent’s full identity was unknown to the reporting party, and/or the respondent was a stranger.

 

Reports may contain more than one incident and/or incident type, or more than one reporting party or respondent.

National statistics indicate that college-aged students are at higher risk of victimization than other age groups. Prevention programming for students continues to focus on shifting cultural norms and encouraging bystander intervention. Data from the 2017 Speak Out Iowa! survey indicates that students are most likely to disclose to a peer. Based on this data, the Student Advisory Committee on Sexual Misconduct (SACSM), a subcommittee of the Anti-Violence Coalition, continued developing scripts and working on the production for the “How to Help a Friend” video education series.  In fall 2019, SACSM released the educational videos “How to Support a Friend Who Discloses” and “Confidential Resources: Where to Start”.

Affiliation of the respondent

We use the term “respondent” to describe the individual reported to have committed harm. The affiliation of the respondent determines whether the university has jurisdiction to investigate, which policies apply, and which offices might be involved in responding.

Student conduct investigations are conducted by the Office of Student Accountability. Employee conduct investigation are conducted by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity. If a respondent is not affiliated with the university, our ability to take action is limited.

 

Reports may contain more than one incident and/or incident type, or more than one reporting party or respondent.

The high number of reports of sexual harassment involving staff relative to other incident types likely reflects an increased awareness of sexual harassment as a workplace policy. University of Iowa employees with a greater than 50% appointment are required to complete a prevention education program when they begin employment and must repeat the training every three years.

Some reports involving unaffiliated respondents are Clery reports and relate to incidents that occurred on campus properties, including incidents in which neither party is affiliated.

The “Affiliation unknown to UI” category includes reports in which any of the following may have been true: the respondent’s affiliation was known but not disclosed to the UI, the respondent’s full identity was unknown to the reporting party, and/or the respondent was a stranger.

Incident location

Tracking the locations of reported incidents helps the OSMRC to identify and address possible patterns. The location of incidents is also important for data collection related to the Clery Act, which requires that campuses report information about crimes committed on campus or areas adjacent to campus.

For the purposes of this report, “on campus” refers to reports in which at least one incident took place in a campus building, including academic buildings, residence halls, and the hospital; in campus parking lots and public areas; in fraternity and sorority houses; and in buildings controlled by our university, such as dorms in a university-sponsored study abroad program. “Off campus” refers to reports in which incidents took place at a reported off campus location. “Unknown” refers to reports in which no location information was shared.

 

Reports may contain more than one incident and/or incident type, or more than one reporting party or respondent.

Most reports received by OSMRC relate to incidents that occurred on campus, indicating an opportunity to continue our prevention efforts by working with departments and colleges to create protective environments on campus. There continues to be a clear need to collaborate with community partners through our Anti-violence Coalition efforts.