4.4 Resolution of Allegations Against Students

(Amended 1/20)

Effective January 2020, this policy has been revised. For individual changes, see the redlined version.

  1. Allegations that a student has engaged in unwelcome sexual behavior or sexual harassment will be handled through the Office of Student Accountability (319-335-1527), in consultation with the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator (319-335-6200), and in accordance with this policy, the Code of Student LifeIV-2 Policy on Sexual Misconduct, Dating/Domestic Violence, or Stalking Involving Students, and the Student Misconduct Procedure.
  2. The Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator is available to advise impacted parties and/or reporting parties on the resolution of allegations against students. To the maximum extent possible, the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator and the Office of Student Accountability shall work together to ensure a coordinated and effective institutional response to reports or complaints alleging that a student has engaged in sexual harassment or unwelcomed sexual behavior.
  3. At an impacted party's request, the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator will assist the impacted party in addressing a situation involving allegations of unwelcomed sexual behavior or sexual harassment against a student without initiating formal disciplinary action against the responding party. However, the University may conduct a formal investigation of allegations and pursue disciplinary action, even without an  impacted party's consent, if circumstances warrant.
  4. When responding to allegations against an individual who is both a student and a University employee (including graduate assistants), the University may use the processes set out below in II-4.5 of this policy and/or the Student Misconduct Procedure, as it considers appropriate in the circumstances.