Reporting Harassment and Discrimination
University of Iowa values emphasize tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect. Discrimination and harassment run counter to these values, violate University policy, and may break the law.
If Your Concern Has a Sexual Component
If your concern has a sexual misconduct component, it is strongly recommended that you speak with the UI Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator.
The following resources can provide information on University policies, reporting guidelines, and referrals privately and informally:
Note that the type of confidentiality that a person or unit can provide varies according to their role, the issue at hand, and the law. For more information, see the page on Confidentiality.
To File a Complaint
In most cases, complaints may be filed on an informal or formal basis. The goal of an informal complaint is to remedy the conflict and restore a positive work/academic environment or determine a resolution which effectively stops the behavior. With a formal complaint, an investigation is conducted to establish whether there is a reasonable basis for believing that a violation of University policy has occurred.
To file a formal complaint, contact one of the following:
To file an informal complaint, contact one of the following:
- Dean, director or departmental executive officer
- Unit human resources representative
- Equal Opportunity and Diversity
To file a criminal complaint, contact:
Note: When making a formal, informal, or criminal complaint, do not assume confidentiality. For more information, see the page on Confidentiality.
Harassment and Discrimination Defined
The terms "harassment" and "discrimination" are defined by University policy in the University Operations Manual:
- Discrimination (Operations Manual II.9.1)
- Harassment - Conduct (Operations Manual II.14.2.a)
- Harassment - Speech (Operations Manual II.14.2.b)
- Harassment - Sexual (Operations Manual IV.2.3.g)
Resources and Support
The links below include both information and services to help with issues of harrasement and discrimination.
Related UI Policies
The links below connect to specific sections of the University Operations Manual dealing with harrasement and discrimination.
External Options and Agencies
In addition to UI Policies there are state and federal agencies that provide oversight in issues of harrasement and discrimination.
More Reporting Options
Use the links below for more information about reporting other types of policy violations.