2.1 Introduction

(Amended 7/15)

The University of Iowa strives to create a respectful, safe, and nonthreatening environment for its students, faculty, staff, and lawful visitors. This policy sets forth resources available to students, describes prohibited student conduct, and establishes procedures for responding to sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and other unwelcome sexual behavior.

A student who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of an incident should not be reluctant to seek assistance for that reason. The Dean of Students will not pursue disciplinary violations against a student (or against a witness) for his or her improper use of alcohol or drugs (e.g., underage drinking) if the student is making a good faith report of sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, or stalking. In addition, the law enforcement authorities in Johnson County have a policy of not pursuing charges for improper use of alcohol or drugs against a victim of sexual assault.

Assistance in reporting any form of misconduct to the proper law enforcement authorities is available to any student upon request from a certified victim advocate at the Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP), the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP), or from the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator.