2.2 General Statement of Policy

(Amended 7/15)

The University of Iowa prohibits sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking in any form, including sexual assault or sexual harassment, and any form of nonconsensual sexual conduct. Students should be able to live, study, and work in an environment free from all forms of sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking.

Sexual misconduct is a broad term encompassing any unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that is committed without consent or by force, intimidation, threats, coercion, or manipulation. The term includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, and sexual intimidation. Sexual misconduct can be committed by a person of any gender, and it can occur between people of the same or different gender.

Domestic/dating violence is coercive, abusive, and/or threatening behavior toward a current or former intimate or romantic partner. 

Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
 

Any act that falls within the definition of sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, or stalking constitutes a violation of University policy. The University is committed to fostering a campus environment that both promotes and expedites prompt reporting of misconduct and timely and fair adjudication of cases. The University's procedures are designed to protect the rights, needs, and privacy of the student making a University complaint, as well as those of students accused of misconduct. The University also adheres to all federal, state, and local requirements for intervention, crime reporting, and privacy provisions related to sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking.

The University will make this policy and educational opportunities readily available to all students and other members of the University community. By engaging as active bystanders, all members of the University contribute to  a respectful, safe, and nonthreatening environment.

The University of Iowa will make every effort to respect the privacy of students who seek help and/or report misconduct. The University will weigh requests for no action with its responsibility to protect the community and adhere to federal guidelines that mandate the University's action. While steps are taken to protect the privacy of victims, the University may need to investigate an incident and take action once an allegation is known, whether or not the student chooses to pursue a complaint.

Reports of sexual misconduct involving University students, faculty, staff, or any third party should be made to the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator at 319-335-6200. An academic or administrative officer, as defined in the University's Sexual Harassment policy (see II-4.1b(3)) must report any known sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, or stalking report involving a student to the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator. No employee is authorized to investigate or resolve student complaints without the involvement of the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator.

In addition to violating University policy, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, or stalking might also constitute criminal activity. Students are strongly encouraged to inform law enforcement authorities about instances of misconduct. The chances of a successful criminal investigation are greatly enhanced if evidence is collected and maintained immediately by law enforcement officers. Students may inform law enforcement authorities about sexual misconduct or stalking and discuss the matter with a law enforcement officer without making a criminal complaint. However, in cases of domestic violence, law enforcement officers are mandated to make an arrest of the primary physical aggressor when there is evidence of an assault and a physical injury has occurred.