OSMRC is a resource for anyone wanting to learn about resolution options described in the Interim Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct. Working with Complainants and Respondents, OSMRC aims to ensure that people:
- Understand potential options for addressing violations, including the Formal Grievance Process and Adaptable Resolution as described here
- Get help initiating an administrative resolution option
- Understand any administrative process that might already be underway
- Have support and are familiar with campus and community confidential resources
- Are offered and receive supportive measures
- Know their rights and what to expect from the university
- Receive regular updates during a formal grievance process
OSMRC does not provide legal advice. Individuals may choose to consult with an attorney at their own expense.
Request a meeting with an OSMRC Response Coordinator:
- In person or over video conference (email or call to make an appointment)
- Over the phone: (319) 335-6200
- Via email: email@example.com
- Using this online form
OSMRC makes every effort to provide prompt and effective responses to sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, but if you have immediate concerns please contact a 24-hour confidential resource or call 911.
Physical evidence deteriorates quickly, so it's important to act quickly to preserve evidence. Even if you haven't decided whether to make a complaint, preserving evidence will keep your options open if you choose to pursue an investigation in the future. In the context of a Formal Grievance Process, Complainants and Respondents have an opportunity to provide testimony and present evidence to an impartial investigator.
General recommendations for preserving evidence:
- Do not alter, dispose of, or destroy physical evidence.
- Create a written record of the incident. Here's a journal template with prompts to help you record information that might be important in a criminal or administrative complaint process.
- Think about people who were around before, during, or after the incident who might remember details, so you can provide their information to the investigator as potential witnesses. Use caution in speaking with others about the situation as the Interim Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct prohibits retaliation.
- Preserve electronic communication, including text messages and social media posts, by saving them or taking a screenshot.
- If you are a victim of stalking, maintain a log of stalking-related events and behavior.
Recommendations specific to sexual assault:
- Get a sexual assault medical exam from a trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. It's recommended that you delay showering, bathing, brushing teeth, eating, drinking, or changing clothes until after the exam. Bring a change of clothes with you to the hospital.
- If you must change clothes, store clothes and bedding that might be used as evidence in a clean paper bag. Do not wash them or put them in a plastic bag.
Criminal Complaints and University Resolutions
Administrative resolutions are separate and distinct from criminal complaints. City and campus police enforce laws and investigate alleged criminal activity. The university enforces policies and investigates alleged violations of university policy. Someone can face consequences through the university for violating university policy even if they are found not to have committed a crime. Additionally, the consequences for being found guilty of committing a crime are different from the consequences for violating university policy.
Ask for police assistance here.
If a formal grievance process results in a finding that university policy was violated, one or more sanctions may be imposed. Sanctions will vary based on the facts and circumstances of the particular case. Additional information about sanctions can be found in the Interim Procedure for Alleged Violations of the Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct and the Sanctioning Guidelines for Sexual Assault.