Reporting Sexual Misconduct
If you have experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, or other forms of sexual misconduct, you're encouraged to seek help right away. The UI Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator can help students initiate formal complaints and connect them with valuable resources, including certified victim advocates available through the Rape Victim Advocacy Program.
UI Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator
The UI Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator serves as the contact person for students making formal complaints about sexual misconduct, stalking, and/or domestic violence.
The UI Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator can assist with requests for:
- Academic accommodations
- Housing accommodations
- Protection against retaliation
- No contact directives
- Referrals to victim advocates, law enforcement, and medical resources
It is important to note that while the University makes every effort to safeguard the identities of students, faculty, and staff who report sexual misconduct, the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator may need to report incidents to an investigating office. Individuals who seek confidential advice or support can utilize services listed on the Confidentiality in Reporting Policy Violations page.
Victim Advocacy (confidential)
The Rape Victim Advocacy Program provides counseling, in-person advocacy, information and referrals to people who have experienced sex-related offenses and/or sexual harassment. Services are free and confidential (specified under Iowa state law), and staff and advocates are certified sexual assault counselors.
Rape Victim Advocacy Center
24-hour Rape Crisis Line
Sexual Misconduct Defined
Sexual misconduct is a broad term encompassing any unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature that is committed without consent or by force, intimidation, coercion, or manipulation. The term includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, sexual intimidation.
Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following examples of prohibited conduct as further defined below:
If you are not certain if a behavior constitutes sexual misconduct, please contact the UI Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator for clarification.
Resources and Support
The links below include both information and services to help with issues of harassment and discrimination.
The following resources can provide information on University policies, reporting guidelines, and referrals privately and informally:
Other Options for Reporting Sexual Misconduct
There are a number of different options for reporting sexual misconduct, including resources both within and outside the University.
Related UI Policies
The links below connect to specific sections of the University Operations Manual dealing with sexual misconduct.
More Reporting Options
Use the links below for more information about reporting other types of policy violations.