Prevention and Education

Goal: Engage the campus community in ongoing prevention and education efforts to involve all students, faculty, and staff in creating a safe and respectful environment. The UI Comprehensive Education Model guides this work.

Strategies, Tactics and Updates

  • Reboot the Green Flag Campaign to help students identify positive relationship behaviors, social norming, etc.
  • Build capacity for consent, healthy relationships, and bystander intervention education with first-year students and Fraternity and Sorority Life members.
  • Create educational resources that promote prosocial messaging around healthy relationship behaviors.
  • Fall 2021 Update:
    • A work group comprised of members of the Anti-Violence Coalition and Student Advisory Committee on Sexual Misconduct (SACSM) is leading the “reboot” of the previous Green Flag campaign, scheduled to occur in April 2022.

  • Focus education on students not already invested in learning more about consent.
  • Create accessible educational videos and graphics around negotiating relationships, pleasure, and sexual contact, and ways to practice consent skills. 
  • Partner with Student Wellness to explore the implementation of "Our Whole Lives Sexual Health Education" in partnership with campus and community organizations.
  • Partner with Student Wellness and Undergraduate Student Government to promote messaging about consent and healthy relationships in sexual health education and on sexual health materials.
  • Fall 2021 Update:
    • A program was introduced for first-year students in the FSL community, which included in-person and online sessions. Roll out of the pilot has been initiated.  As of fall 2021, the curriculum for all tiers has been developed and new members joining FSL organizations have entered Tier 1 of the prevention education pilot.

       

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  • Engage with transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) students to gather information about sources of harm and to solicit ideas for appropriate ways to address harm.
  • Partner with the Office of the Provost and College deans to provide information on creating safe and respectful environments within faculty orientation and DEO training.
  • Charge a faculty-led workgroup, in partnership with the Faculty Senate, to create resources for faculty on establishing healthy, safe, respectful mentoring relationships and productive learning and work environments.
  • Work with the Office of the Ombudsperson to strategically implement the Respectful Workplace workshop.
  • Expand opportunities to integrate language around respectful and inclusive environments into the regular IDEA (Integrating Diversity, Equity, and Action) conversations between staff and supervisors within the Division of Student Life.
  • Promote the cross-listed Advocating for Safe Communities and BUILD courses.
  • Partner with University Human Resources to explore ideas for embedding healthy relationships and work environments in well-being and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) materials.
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  • Connect Our Community Cares messaging to other messaging campaigns on campus to highlight caring about our community within the bounds of free speech.
  • Provide "Raise the Bar" training to event management staff working at Kinnick Stadium.
  • Fall 2021 Update:
    •  A partnership with Iowa Center for School Mental Health has been established to develop content and resources for K-12 educators about healthy relationships
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Intervention

Goal: Develop, integrate, and evaluate inclusive, trauma-informed, person-centered interventions for all those impacted by sexual misconduct, dating violence, and stalking, fairly and equitably.

Strategies, Tactics and Updates

  • Create a “How to Help a Friend” video series on digital technology harassment.
  • Help students recognize behaviors that could constitute stalking and resources available to them if stalking occurs, including confidential safety planning tools.
  • Create a short video to increase the successful linkage of victim/survivors with a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE).
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  • Enhance access to resources and services for international students.
    • Share information on sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking resources during international student orientation.
    • Promote “How to Help a Friend” message given that climate survey data indicates students are most likely to disclose to a peer.
    • Work with International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), RVAP, Nisaa, and Monsoon to host a healthy relationships workshop.
    • Work with ISSS to provide ongoing education and training on interpersonal violence prevention to ISSS students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
    • Work with ISSS, our culturally-specific victim service agencies, and Student Legal Services to inform campus members about applying for a new visa under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for crime victims.
  • Assess the readability of resources (including the website and print publications) to increase access to resources.
  • Promote the Hawkeye Allies program and the RVAP Responding to Disclosure training
  • Continue the relationship with Residence Education and the Hawk Talk program to help students learn where to get help and where to report.
  • Research vended products, like Kognito, and/or other online on-demand resources for respond to disclosures
    • Partner with Undergraduate Student Government, Graduate and Professional Student Government, and the Student Advisory Committee on Sexual Misconduct to craft social media messages that ensure student voices and experiences are reflected.
    • Include a banner or regularly occurring news item in ICON that reinforces our messaging (we care about harm, and we want to address it) and just-in-time resources.
    • Review, assess, and promote Hawk Tools app to provide an accessible, mobile resource for students to help them navigate the process and resources for sexual misconduct on campus.
    • Update Fall 2021:
      • A work group comprised of members of the Anti-Violence Coalition and Student Advisory Committee on Sexual Misconduct (SACSM), and co-chaired by Charlie Taylor, Director of Communications (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), and Teri Schnelle, Director of Projects and Partnerships (Division of Student Life), is charged with preparing a communication plan to share key messaging around interpersonal violence prevention and resources. Deliverables are due in March 2022.
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    • Provide cross-training with victim service agencies, law enforcement, the County Attorney, grievance pool staff, threat assessment program, and sexual misconduct response coordinators to ensure complainants and respondents have adequate support throughout a response and resolution process.
    • Appoint a Department of Public Safety officer to follow up on cases related to dating/domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault to let crime victims know about the services the UI Police Department could provide them and the community-based resources available to them.
    • Develop a sustainable sexual misconduct training program for campus law enforcement.
    • Provide cross-training through the AVC on the role of a SANE exam and how to refer a student.
    • Promote trauma-informed approaches within response and adjudication processes by sharing training resources, response materials, and case consultation.
    • Create resources for supervisors, advisors, and administrators to assist in managing their responsibilities when a complaint has been filed.
    • Fall 2021 Update:
      • A workgroup comprised of members of the Anti-Violence Coalition and the Student Advisory Committee on Sexual Misconduct (SACSM) created a new campus safety alert (Clery notification) to clarify messaging, connect recipients with resources, and improve the message aesthetics.
    • Work with Threat Assessment Program and other system responders to enhance safety planning tools.
    • Partner with the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP), the Iowa City Police Department, and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to use a lethality assessment in domestic/dating violence cases.
    • Assist the Johnson County Attorney’s Office with their revision of the county adult sex crime investigation guidelines manual.
    • Fall 2021 Update:
      • A working group comprised of members of the Anti-Violence Coalition and the Student Advisory Committee on Sexual Misconduct (SACSM) were charged with outlining requirements for a vended product to train all officers in the Department of Public Safety in gender-based violence issues and how to respond. A product will be recommended in March 2022.

    • Collaborate with culturally-based services to provide support groups and access to advocacy within the cultural centers.
    • Collaborate with culturally-based services to train cultural center staff on responding to disclosures.
    • Identify an instrument, outline the methodology, and implement an employee survey on sexual harassment.
    • Utilize technological tools such as SenseMaker to gather qualitative data through micro-stories from students, faculty, and staff to understand the campus community’s experiences with sexual misconduct, including barriers to affirmative consent. Use the data to identify problem areas/concerns on campus and tailor resources to different student, faculty, and staff groups.
    • Develop and implement an assessment tool to gather feedback from parties involved in the complaint and resolution process for sexual harassment and sexual misconduct to ensure concerns are addressed.
    • Review complaint resolution process to identify needs related to reducing the length of the resolution process.
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    • Partner with the Office of the Dean of Students to information about alternative ambulance and transport options for students. 
    • Increase campus readiness for restorative practices through knowledge and skill building.
    • Offer a first-year seminar to increase knowledge and understanding of restorative justice and practices.

    Policy

    Goal: Consistently review and revise policies to ensure they are clear, fair, and effective at addressing harm, holding offenders accountable, and keeping the campus community safe.

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