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 options for addressing potential violations, including the Formal Grievance Process and Adaptable Resolution as described here
- Get help initiating a Formal Grievance Process or Adaptable Resolution
- 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 319-335-6200 to make an appointment).
- Over the phone: (319) 335-6200
- Via email
- Using this online form
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.
- Think about people who were around before, during, or after the incident who might remember details, so you can provide their information to the investigating office 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.
Criminal Complaints and University Resolutions
Administrative complaints 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.
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.
OSMRC manages the UI-CERB educational program. More information on the program is available here.