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.
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.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.Requests for such arrangements or actions will be granted in appropriate circumstances as determined by the Dean of Students or the Sexual Misconduct Response/Deputy Title IX Coordinator, or their designees.If the student feels more comfortable talking with a female or male officer, the Department of Public Safety will do its best to accommodate that request.
Even if an assault took place on non-University property or was reported to another law enforcement agency, students are encouraged to contact the Department of Public Safety for assistance with safety issues while on campus (e.g., protection from particular individuals).
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 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.
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.