The objectives in this section are intended to foster a supportive and accommodating physical environment, a strong and effective staff, a sense of community, creative and vibrant cultural activity, the health and welfare of University members, and an efficient administrative framework promoting an atmosphere of civility an
d mutual respect.
Objective 1: A supportive and accommodating physical environment.
- Strategy 1. Continue to upgrade the physical environment to ensure accommodation for persons with disabilities which permits their full participation in University activities.
- Strategy 2. Provide universal access to a campus-wide electronic communication network.
- Strategy 3. Enhance the safety and accessibility of transportation, including attention to the mix of bicycles with pedestrians and vehicles on campus.
- Strategy 4. Examine and evaluate parking policies, regulations, and services with special attention to safety issues and the accommodation of visitors to the campus; regularly communicate the priorities and concerns that affect parking policies to those affected by the policies.
- Strategy 5. Modify the campus to facilitate interactions among community members by creating and enhancing outdoor pathways and gathering areas.
- Strategy 6. Continue improvements in air quality, waste control, lighting, asbestos removal, and fire safety.
- Strategy 7. Enhance the aesthetic quality of gathering places and public areas, drawing on the cultural diversity of our University community.
Objective 2: A strong and effective staff.
- Strategy 1. Encourage the staff's continued participation in the governance structure of the University, including membership on University committees, search committees, task forces, and other ad hoc committees.
- Strategy 2. Enhance tuition assistance and released time for staff to pursue education in support of job performance, in keeping with practice at comparable public universities.
- Strategy 3. Support the rights of staff to express a diversity of viewpoints in a positive and open atmosphere.
- Strategy 4. Implement improvements in the systems governing classification and compensation for staff in support of institutional goals.
- Strategy 5. In consultation with staff, implement programs for cross-training, and use flexible scheduling to upgrade skills and expand responsibilities of staff.
- Strategy 6. Involve staff in the University's external relations efforts.
- Strategy 7. Encourage mentoring, informal workshops, and other means of information exchange among peers with similar positions to improve job performance and efficiency across the University.
Objective 3: A sense of community promoting the intellectual and professional development of faculty, staff, and students.
- Strategy 1. Encourage participation by all members of the University community in the intellectual and artistic life of the University.
- Strategy 2. Continue support for the Dual-Career Network Referral Service.
- Strategy 3. Enhance existing forms of recognition for accomplishments of members of The University of Iowa community, including faculty, staff, and students, and develop new opportunities for recognition.
Objective 4: Creative and vibrant cultural activity.
- Strategy 1. Establish an internationally important festival for the arts.
- Strategy 2. Support, publicize, and enhance the exhibitions, collections, and programs of museums and academic units in the arts.
- Strategy 3. Enhance the role and capabilities of The University of Iowa radio and television stations.
- Strategy 4. Increase the diversity of cultural and entertainment activities through increased support of public events sponsored by historically under-represented groups.
Objective 5: Support for the health and welfare of members of the University community.
- Strategy 1. Establish strong family leave policies comparable to the best programs at other major universities.
- Strategy 2. Disseminate information and support programs aimed at preventing all forms of interpersonal coercion or violence.
- Strategy 3. Support and enhance counseling services for students, staff, and faculty.
- Strategy 4. Expand physical fitness and wellness opportunities for all members of the University community.
- Strategy 5. Improve both preventive educational programs and treatment services for substance abuse and sexually transmitted diseases.
- Strategy 6. Expand high quality, affordable child care arrangements for dependents of members of the University community.
- Strategy 7. Enhance preventive services (e.g., vaccinations, appropriate testing following specific exposures) for all members of the community, including students, in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration procedures and community members' right to know.
- Strategy 8. Expand alternatives for health care coverage to provide a diversity of service and provider options while containing out-of-pocket expenditures.
- Strategy 9. Increase access of the University community to health promotion facilities available in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
- Strategy 10. Assess provisions for student health care and the extent of insurance coverage for all students enrolled at the University; review policies for consistency with local and state health care reforms.
Objective 6: Efficient administrative framework promoting civility and mutual respect.
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- Strategy 1. Develop procedures within units for initiating and responding to suggestions and proposals for enhancing quality, improving cost effectiveness, reducing bureaucracy, and providing "customer-oriented" services.
- Strategy 2. Continue to require supervisors and departmental executive officers to attend workshops on racial and sexual harassment policies; ensure that sanctions are enforced and monitor the outcomes of actions taken when community members violate the University's codes of acceptable behavior.
- Strategy 3. Make all University and unit-specific policies available on the electronic communication network, with an electronic address for specific questions and comments on each policy.
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Last updated on July 17, 1995 by Campus Communications