The University of Iowa has established the following Confidential Resources to help people evaluate situations of unwanted behavior or sexual harassment. If you believe that you or someone you know is a victim of sexual harassment or unwanted behavior, you are urged to contact one of these resources to discuss the situation.
In case of emergency (i.e. sexual assault or other types of harassment), contact:
24-hour Rape Crisis Line
or dial 911.
Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP)
24-hour Hotline: (800) 373-1043
website (link is external)
DVIP provides comprehensive support and advocacy services to domestic violence victim/survivors and their loved ones in Johnson, Iowa, Cedar, Des Moines, Henry, Lee, Keokuk, Van Buren, and Washington counties, focusing on immediate and long-term safety, empowerment, dignity, and hope.
Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP)
RVAP provides services such as in-person advocates, counseling, and information/referrals to people who have experienced sexual harassment or other similar offenses. RVAP staff advocates are certified sexual assault counselors. They provide free and confidential services. The role of the advocate is to provide information that individuals can use to make choices, and they may also accompany individuals to any criminal or institutional proceedings. They may help the victim to address the impact of the assault and/or harassment and assist in the healing process. RVAP offers educational programs and training on sexual abuse and harassment to the University of Iowa community.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
24/7 Crisis Line: (319) 335-2085
The UI Employee Assistance Program (UI EAP), a unit of Health and Productivity, Organizational Effectiveness (OE), provides integrated services to faculty, staff, and their family members to promote emotional well-being and to increase engagement and productivity among members of our UI community. The UI Employee Assistance Program offers: confidential, short-term counseling to faculty, staff and their families; consultation for supervisors/managers; information & referral to community resources.
All information is kept confidential except in those circumstances defined by federal or state statute (i.e. imminent risk of life, and court order mandatory reporting for child or dependent adult abuse). No other information will be released without signed consent of the client.
Office of the Ombudsperson
The Office of the Ombudsperson upholds strict confidentiality. They will not discuss a visitor’s concerns with anyone on/off campus without permission. The only exceptions to this rule are:
If there is a risk of physical harm to someone.
If they are ordered by a court to disclose information.
This makes the Office of the Ombudsperson a safe place to discuss any concerns, including sexual harassment or misconduct, discrimination, violation of policies or unethical behavior.
Speaking with the office does not establish a formal notice to the University of Iowa, and the office does not keep official records. It is, however, a good starting point to learn about official procedures and policies, where you can go to file a complaint, or how you can notify officials of a problem. The office keeps minimal information about situations until involvement ends, at which time that information is placed on a strict shredding schedule. No one outside the office has access to any of this information.
Due to confidentiality and informality, the office does not provide notes and/or testimony in any kind of formal process even if requested to do so by a visitor.
University Counseling Services (UCS)
University Counseling Service offers a variety of counseling services including individual, group, couple and relationship counseling. They also offer referral services, and psychological consultation regarding mental health concerns one may have regarding a University of Iowa student or situation. All registered students are eligible for services. With the exception of testing, all services are provided free of charge. The office is staffed by counseling and clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, and advanced graduate students in counseling psychology.
Women’s Resource and Action Center (WRAC)
Women’s Resource and Action Center provides the University of Iowa and surrounding community with information, advocacy, counseling, referral services, support groups, a lending library and educational programs. It provides a confidential, safe place to discuss any concerns you may have regarding harassment, abuse or discrimination and will direct you to additional resources as needed.