If you feel unsafe, trust your instincts and seek assistance.
In an emergency, dial 911. RVAP's confidential 24-hour victim hotline number is (319) 335-6000.
We encourage people to work with victim service providers to discuss the particular risks and concerns associated with their situation, but this is sometimes hard to do. Fortunately, online resources offer helpful information for safety planning. We recommend the following websites:
DVIP Safety Strategies: Safety planning for victims of dating and domestic violence
RAINN Safety Planning: Safety planning for victims of sexual misconduct
National Stalking Resource Center Help For Victims: Safety planning for victims of stalking
ITS Resource on Stalking, Harassment, and Intimidation: Safety planning for victims of technology-assisted harassment
Threat Assessment Team (319) 384-2955: Consult about possible safety risks
Hawk Watch App: Create a virtual safety network
There are services that provide free transportation to students.
Nite Ride is a free service provided by campus police that gives students of all genders an alternative to walking home alone late at night.
SafeRide is a free transportation program coordinated by UI Student Government for students of all genders in need of transportation home or to a medical facility in emergency situations only.
Resources for Victims of Crime
IowaVINE is a free resource for receiving information about the custody status of offenders. You can call IowaVINE at 1-888-7-IAVINE (1-888-742-8463) to receive information through an automated information system. You can also go to www.vinelink.com to register for automatic telephone, text, or email updates when there is a change in an offender's custody status.
The Crime Victim Compensation Program is a program of the Iowa Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General. It helps victims with certain out-of-pocket expenses related to injuries from violent crime, or crime-related expenses such as medical care, counseling, lost wages, and funeral expenses (when costs are not covered by insurance or other sources).
The Information for Victims and Witnesses pamphlet is published by the Johnson County Attorney's Office Victim Witness Assistance Program.
The Safe at Home program is an address confidentiality program that provides survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, stalking, or violent crimes, with a substitute address.
Individuals may ask OSMRC for accommodations from the university to address safety or other concerns. University policy and federal law ensure that such requests are given thoughtful consideration and that efforts are made to provide needed flexibility. Common accommodation requests include:
- Excused absences
- Changes in housing
- Extensions on assignments
- Retroactive or late drops
- Adjustments in work schedules or locations
This is not an exhaustive list—if you need flexibility, ask. You are not required to be involved in a formal complaint process to seek accommodation.
University interim sanctions
In addition to accommodations, in some situations interim sanctions can be imposed that also serve to protect the parties involved and prevent a situation from escalating. The following are common interim sanctions:
- Interim housing suspension
- Interim no contact directive
- Interim building prohibition
- Interim campus ban
- Temporary leave of absence
If you require assistance with an accommodation request or would like to inquire about the potential for an interim sanction, contact OSMRC.