The University of Iowa has in-person sexual assault prevention training that includes bystander intervention. There is a clear definition of sexual assault that includes acts other than intercourse. The University of Iowa also has an affirmative consent policy and their definition of affirmative consent matches EROC’s definition. They also define and forbid retaliation against survivors.
The investigative procedure is unclear. The University of Iowa states that the Dean of Students may assign a judicial administrator and an applicable procedure. They also state that there may be more than one administrative investigation and procedure to resolve a complaint and that the judicial administrator decision later will summarize the findings of responsibility and the sanctions. Presumably the judicial administrator alone comes to this decision, but it is unclear what will occur if there is more than one administrative investigation and procedure to resolve a complaint. The university provides a sanctioning code and states that sexual assaults will ordinarily result in the suspension or expulsion of the respondent. However, they do not publicize the number of cases and sanctions. An attorney is allowed during the adjudication process at the student’s expense. No timeline is given for completing the investigation. If a case is appealed, it is either heard by the Office of the Provost (if it involves suspension or expulsion) or the Office of the Vice President for Student Life (for all other cases). Sanctions are imposed immediately and are still in effect while an appeal is being heard. The University of Iowa does not state whether investigators are trauma informed and does not explicitly forbid the use of mediation in cases of sexual violence.
Accommodations are available to survivors outside of the adjudication process. The University of Iowa has a student health center with emergency contraception available. However, the student health center does not appear to have a sexual assault center. The university has a Rape Victim Advocacy Program and provides information on local resources and rape crisis centers. Campus police are not specified to be trauma informed.
March 1, 2017
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