Ongoing training is provided to individuals involved in the campus response in order to ensure prompt, fair, and trauma-informed proceedings. The topics for training are based on best practices recommended by national institutions, federal compliance requirements, and needs identified by campus community members. Training is accomplished through a variety of methods: national trainers are brought to campus to provide training to interdisciplinary groups; staff are supported to attend train-the-trainer events to gain skills for developing sustainable training programs for their departments; campus partners provide training related to their areas of expertise; and webinars from national providers are watched and discussed in a group setting. In addition to the training summarized in this report, individuals are supported to attend training at conferences and events offered by external organizations.

Training for University Employees

The education of University of Iowa employees is essential to establishing a campus environment that is free of sexual harassment. The four main goals to be achieved through educating university employees in sexual harassment prevention are as follows:

  • ensuring that impacted parties (and potential impacted parties) are aware of their rights;
  • notifying individuals of conduct that is prohibited;
  • informing administrators about the proper way to address complaints of sexual harassment; and
  • helping educate the community about sexual harassment and related issues.

The university’s sexual harassment prevention education is mandatory for the following groups:

  • All faculty & staff who hold at least a 50% appointment,
  • all medical residents/fellows and postdoctoral scholars/fellows who hold at least a 50% appointment during the academic year,
  • all graduate/professional students who hold a teaching assistantship for a period of one semester or longer and any other students as determined by the Office of the Provost
  • All university housing resident assistants and any other students as determined by the Office of the Vice President for Student Life

Faculty and staff who are required to take the sexual harassment prevention course must do so within the first 6 months of their employment; the course must then be re-taken every 3 years.

Certain employees at the university are designated as Administrative or Academic Officers (A/AOs).  All faculty and staff hired into or promoted to a position serving as an AAO must complete the sexual harassment prevention course for supervisors within the first 2 months of their appointment.  Under university policy, A/AOs are responsible to report incidents of sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. OSMRC’s website provides information for employees who wish to determine if they are A/AOs and their reporting responsibilities.

Additionally, OSMRC and RVAP offer the Responding to Disclosures as an A/AO workshop to ensure a caring, effective, and prompt response to disclosures by clarifying A/AO responsibilities under the Policy on Sexual Harassment, highlighting our institutional obligations, and providing trauma-informed response. OSMRC also participates in annual training for all residence hall coordinators, resident assistants, and Hawkeye guides to ensure that participants can identify incidents of sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking and respond appropriately.