History of University of Iowa Anti-Violence Work

The University of Iowa has a long history of supporting anti-violence work on campus and in the Iowa City area. Our successes have been driven by multidisciplinary collaboration and the continuous effort of a committed team.

Efforts go back to the establishment of the Rape Victim Advocacy Center at the Women’s Center in 1971, as well as the grant Aid and Alternatives to Victims of Spouse Abuse received in 1979 for a shelter that would eventually become part of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP). These programs, now independent agencies in the Iowa City community, continue to play a major role in our coordinated campus response.

The timeline below describes campus work to prevent sexual misconduct, dating violence, and stalking; provide support to survivors; and hold offenders accountable since the creation of the UI Anti-Violence Coalition. Much has been accomplished, but experience, a trauma-informed approach, and survivors continue to inform practice—and there is more work to be done, including the introduction of the UI’s new Anti-Violence Plan for sexual misconduct, dating violence, and stalking for Summer 2018 to Spring 2021.

Anti-Violence Coalition History Timeline

2006

  • Received first Campus Program Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

    $199,668 to establish a Coordinated Campus Response Team (CCRT), implement mandatory education for incoming students, train judicial administrators, train law enforcement, and establish the Men's Anti-Violence Council

  • Created CCRT and UI Anti-violence Coalition

2007

  • Implemented first sexual misconduct and dating/domestic violence training for judicial administrators

    Collaboration by Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP), Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP), and Office of the Dean of Students

  • Received Iowa Regents Flagship Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women

    To work with the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) and Iowa State University (ISU) to establish a student Forum Theatre Troupe, enhance men's programming, provide specialized training for advocates in higher education, and develop a Gender Violence Curriculum Institute at UNI

  • Provided online sexual misconduct prevention education for all incoming undergraduates

2008

  • Created first sexual misconduct policy through the Iowa Regents Flagship Grant

2009

  • Created Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator (OSMRC)

  • Implemented new mandatory online sexual misconduct prevention education program for incoming undergraduate students

  • President Mason required all faculty and staff appointed at 50% or greater to complete sexual harassment prevention training

2010

  • Mandatory online sexual misconduct prevention education program required for incoming graduate/professional students

  • Received Iowa Regents Flagship Grant continuation funding

    To engage in policy review and develop law enforcement online training

  • Campus Education Subcommittee (CES) formed to create education to ensure students understood affirmative consent standard

2011

  • Received second Campus Program Grant from OVW

    $300,000 to expand bystander intervention education, create the university’s stalking policy, and implement training to strengthen law enforcement and campus judicial investigations

  • Strengthened victim advocacy resources

    Engaged in a contract with DVIP to offer on-campus advocacy

  • Bystander education included in On Iowa!

    Orientation included a bystander workshop on dating violence

  • Collaborated with academic and professional departments to infuse the topic of gender-based violence and discrimination into courses

  • CES shifted to align and coordinate prevention education efforts between providers

2012

  • Updated Johnson County Guidelines for Investigating Adult Sexual Assault

    Included guidance and support for handling dual investigations (criminal and administrative)

  • Created and implemented campus judicial sexual assault investigator and adjudicator training

2013

  • Published Campus Education Report

  • Created stalking policy language

    Five policies modified to address stalking; National Stalking Resource Center provided guidance

  • Housing required all RAs & Pro Staff to receive bystander training

  • Established monthly Clery case review with the Department of Public Safety, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, the Office of the General Counsel, UIHC Security Office, and the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator

2014

  • Received third Campus Program Grant from OVW

    $300,000 to create the university’s dating/domestic policy, continue training to strengthen law enforcement and campus judicial investigations, develop a sanctioning intervention for non-expulsion cases, and continue on-campus advocacy services with DVIP

  • Prevention education enhanced

    Additional training required for orientation guides and Iowa Edge peer leaders; every new fraternity chapter member required to complete Every Member, Every Chapter training; and funding committed to 2.5 FTE prevention specialists

  • UI Police Department received first department-wide training on sexual assault and stalking

    8-hour training for all officers; judicial/policy investigators, municipal departments, and county attorney also participated

  • RVAP implemented Raise the Bar bystander program for local bar staff

  • Established Sexual Assault Sanctioning Guidelines for student misconduct

  • RVAP created a campus advocate position

  • Created Title IX Team and established monthly meetings to review cases

    Team included representation from the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of the General Counsel, the Department of Public Safety, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program, and the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

  • Implemented monthly training opportunities for judicial administrators and AVC members

  • President Mason introduced Six Point Plan to Combat Sexual Assault and established Student Advisory Committee on Sexual Misconduct

2015

  • UIPD received first department-wide training on dating/domestic violence

    8-hour training for all officers, including a lunch panel of Title IX investigators and community partners

  • Trained UI ITS security team member in phone and computer forensics to assist police and judicial investigations

    Completed advanced digital forensics training from the SANS Institute

  • Created dating/domestic violence policy language

    Five policies modified to address dating/domestic violence; DVIP and RVAP participated in the policy writing process; Monsoon Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity provided guidance

  • Commitment made to continue including bystander education in On Iowa! for all first-year students

  • Administered first Speak Out Iowa campus climate survey for all degree-seeking undergraduate, graduate, and professional students

  • Established Certified Peer Educator Program to expand bystander education and healthy relationships

2017

  • Administered second Speak Out Iowa campus climate survey for all degree-seeking undergraduate, graduate, and professional students

2018

  • Released results of second Speak Out Iowa survey and UI Anti-Violence Plan for Sexual Misconduct, Dating Violence, and Stalking (Summer 2018 – Spring 2021)