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4.7 Notice/Complaints of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and/or Related Retaliation
- Notice or complaints of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and/or related retaliation may be made using any of the following options:
- File a complaint with, or give verbal notice to, the Title IX Coordinator at the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator (319-335-6200; firstname.lastname@example.org). Such a report may be made at any time (including during nonbusiness hours) by using the telephone number or email address, or by mail to the office address listed above in II-4.6a(1) for the Title IX Coordinator at the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator.
- Report online, using the reporting form posted at https://osmrc.uiowa.edu/report-problem-0. Anonymous reports are accepted but can give rise to a need to investigate. The University of Iowa tries to provide supportive measures to all complainants, which is impossible with an anonymous report. Because reporting carries no obligation to initiate a formal response, and as the University of Iowa respects complainant requests to dismiss complaints unless there is a compelling threat to health and/or safety, the complainant is largely in control and should not fear a loss of privacy by making a report that allows the University of Iowa to discuss and/or provide supportive measures.
- Any person may make a report that a student, employee, or visitor has experienced or committed sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or related retaliation by contacting the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator, or any academic or administrative officer of the university.
- A formal complaint means a document filed/signed by the complainant or signed by the Title IX Coordinator alleging a policy violation by a respondent and requesting that the University of Iowa investigate the allegation(s). A complaint may be filed with the Title IX Coordinator in person, by mail, or by electronic mail, by using the contact information in II-4.6a(1) above, or as described in this subchapter. As used in this paragraph, the phrase “document filed by a complainant” means a document or electronic submission (such as by electronic mail or through an online portal provided for this purpose by the University of Iowa) that contains the complainant’s physical or digital signature, or otherwise reliably indicates that the complainant is the person filing the complaint.
If notice is submitted in a form that does not meet this standard, the Title IX Coordinator will contact the complainant to ensure that it is filed correctly.
- Making a report to law enforcement.
- In an emergency: Call 911 from wherever you are, and a law enforcement officer will respond to assist you.
- In nonemergency situations: Criminal sexual harassment or sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking may be reported to the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over the location where the assault or abuse occurred. Victim advocates have special training in working with law enforcement. The advocates at RVAP (24-hour crisis line, 319-335-6000) and other agencies (https://osmrc.uiowa.edu/victim-resources/confidential-support) can provide accompaniment to meetings with law enforcement officials.