4.9 Emergency Removal

The University of Iowa can act to remove a respondent entirely or partially from its education program, activities, or workplace on an emergency basis when an individualized safety and risk analysis has determined that an immediate threat to the physical health or safety of any student, employee, or other individual justifies removal. This risk analysis is performed by the Title IX Coordinator in conjunction with the Threat Assessment Program (see also VI-32), using its standard objective violence risk assessment procedures. Paid administrative leave does not constitute emergency removal and does not require an individualized safety and risk analysis.

In all cases in which an emergency removal is imposed, the student, the employee, or two representatives from a student organization will be given notice of the action and the option to request to meet with the Title IX Coordinator prior to such action/removal being imposed, or as soon thereafter as reasonably possible, to show cause why the action/removal should not be implemented or should be modified.

This meeting is not a hearing on the merits of the allegation(s), but rather is an administrative process intended to determine solely whether the emergency removal is appropriate. When this meeting is not requested in a timely manner, objections to the emergency removal will be deemed waived. A complainant and their advisor may be permitted to participate in this meeting if the Title IX Coordinator determines it is equitable to do so. There is no appeal process for emergency removal decisions.

A respondent may be accompanied by their advisor when meeting with the Title IX Coordinator for this meeting. The respondent will be given access to a written summary of the basis for the emergency removal prior to the meeting to allow for adequate preparation.

The Title IX Coordinator has sole discretion under this policy to implement or stay an emergency removal and to determine the conditions and duration. Violation of an emergency removal under this policy will be grounds for discipline, which may include expulsion or termination.

The University of Iowa will implement the least restrictive emergency actions practical in light of the circumstances and safety concerns. As determined by the Title IX Coordinator, these actions could include, but are not limited to: removing a student from a residence hall; temporarily reassigning an employee; restricting a student’s or an employee’s access to or use of facilities or equipment; allowing a student to withdraw or take grades of incomplete without financial penalty; authorizing an administrative leave; and suspending a student’s participation in extracurricular activities, student employment, student organizational leadership, or intercollegiate/intramural athletics.

At the discretion of the Title IX Coordinator, alternative course work options may be pursued to ensure as minimal an academic impact as possible on the parties.