2.9 Making a Complaint of Sexual Misconduct, Dating/Domestic Violence, and/or Stalking

(Amended 7/15)

The University takes all incidents of sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and/or stalking very seriously. There are two options for students to make a complaint of sexual misconduct. A student may pursue either or both of these options.

A student can make a UI policy complaint about sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and/or stalking by contacting the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator at 319-335-6200.

A student can make a criminal complaint about sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and/or stalking to the appropriate law enforcement authorities, which would be the UI Department of Public Safety (319-335-5022) in the case of misconduct that occurs on campus. Not all sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking is criminal behavior. Law enforcement authorities can assist a student in determining whether the conduct experienced was criminal in nature and warrants a criminal complaint.

A student may seek and receive help from the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator and/or the UI Department of Public Safety without making a complaint. 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.

  1. Making a University policy complaint.
    1. How to make a complaint to University administration. Students may make a complaint about sexual misconduct by another student, a faculty member, or a staff member by contacting the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator at 319-335-6200.

      A student may need support when talking with law enforcement or University administrators. Students are entitled to be assisted by a certified victim advocate at every stage of the process and are encouraged to consult with the victim advocate and bring the victim advocate to meetings.
    2. When to make a complaint to University administration. There is no time limit on making a complaint to University administration. However, students are strongly encouraged to report incidents of, or share information about, sexual misconduct as soon as possible after the incident occurred. The University may ultimately be unable to adequately investigate if too much time has passed or if an accused individual has left the University. Other factors that could negatively affect the University's ability to investigate include the loss of physical evidence, the potential departure of witnesses, or loss of memory.
  2. Making a report to law enforcement.
    1. In an emergency: Call 911 from wherever you are, and a law enforcement officer will respond to assist you.
    2. In nonemergency situations: Criminal sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, should be reported to the law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction over the location where the assault or abuse occurred. Nonemergency reports to law enforcement may be made as follows:
      1. If the incident occurred on University of Iowa property, call the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety at 319-335-5022.
      2. If the incident occurred in Iowa City, call the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-5275.
      3. If the incident occurred in Coralville, call the Coralville Police Department at 319-248-1800.
      4. If the incident occurred in University Heights, call the University Heights Police Department at 319-887-6800.
      5. If the incident occurred in North Liberty, call the North Liberty Police Department at 319-626-5724.
      6. If the incident occurred in another area of Johnson County, call the Johnson County Sheriff's Department at 319-356-6020.

Victim advocates have special training in working with law enforcement. The advocates at RVAP (24-hour crisis line, 319-335-6000) can help a student arrange to meet with a law enforcement officer to discuss options, and a student can request that a victim advocate accompany him or her at the meeting. At a student's request, the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator will also assist students in reporting to law enforcement.