OSMRC serves as a central location to report incidents of sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. Our office receives reports from entities across the UI campus, including Academic or Administrative Officers (A/AOs), residence halls, the Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Office of Student Accountability (OSA), and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (EOD).
When the OSMRC receives a report, a response coordinator reaches out to the reporting party offering to meet. An initial meeting with the reporting party has three main goals:
- To provide linkage with confidential resources
We work closely with confidential offices to ensure that individuals know where to connect with an advocate or get counseling or other support resources.
- To facilitate accommodations
Individuals may ask the OSMRC for accommodations from the university to address safety or privacy concerns, the impact of trauma or stress, or scheduling conflicts that arise as a result of judicial or criminal proceedings. Common accommodation requests include excused absences, changes in housing, extensions on assignments, and retroactive or late drops. You don’t need to make a complaint to receive help with accommodations.
- To review reporting and complaint options
OSMRC provides information about options to make an administrative complaint to the university or to report to law enforcement.
We understand that talking about a traumatic incident can be hard and that options for reporting may feel overwhelming. We reach out to reported victims/survivors because we care and we want to ensure every reporting party receives information about supportive resources, whether they choose to make a complaint or not. Our goal is to provide information, including information about making an administrative complaint or reporting to law enforcement, so that reporting parties can make informed choices.
OSMRC monitors the campus climate for patterns and takes action to address a possible hostile environment. OSMRC is not a confidential office; we have a responsibility to balance the needs of the reporting party with the need for campus safety. If we receive information that indicates a potential threat to campus safety, we may be required to take action. We work closely with confidential resources to ensure reporting parties can make informed decisions about possible implications of reporting.