The University of Iowa is committed to treating reporting parties and respondents with dignity and respect, providing equitable procedural protections, providing both parties with reasonable opportunity to be heard and present evidence, and investigating and resolving university complaints fairly. When a student or employee receives notice that they are under investigation for sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and/or stalking, a response coordinator from OSMRC reaches out to:
- Describe the complaint resolution process as stated in the Student Misconduct Procedure
OSMRC provides information about the offices involved in investigating a complaint, the anticipated timeline, and next steps.
- Review and assist with requests for reconsideration of interim measures
In some situations, interim measures can be imposed that serve to protect the parties involved and prevent a situation from escalating. Common interim measures include interim housing suspensions, interim no contact directives, interim building prohibitions, interim campus bans, and/or a temporary leave of absence. OSMRC reviews interim measures with respondents and may assist with requests for reconsideration.
- Facilitate accommodations
Individuals may ask 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. 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, and retroactive or late drops.
- Provide linkage with a confidential resource
OSMRC is not a confidential resource. Connecting those involved in the complaint process with confidential, supportive resources is among the office's primary concerns.
Again, OSMRC is not a confidential resource, so anything shared with the response coordinator may also be shared with the investigator assigned to the case. For this reason, the focus of interactions between the response coordinator and the party is on the process and available resources, not the allegations. OSMRC does not give legal advice or assist with defense. Those accused of violating a university policy may choose to consult with an attorney at their own expense.