Being accused of Prohibited Sexual Harassment or related charges can be confusing and unsettling. This Respondent’s Guide provides information about Iowa State University’s complaint resolution process as well as resources and services available to accused individuals. An individual who has been reported to be the perpetrator of conduct that could constitute Prohibited Sexual Harassment is referred to as the “Respondent” during the complaint resolution process.
Iowa State University is committed to providing an inclusive, welcoming and respectful educational, work, living, and campus environment that is free from all forms of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
This Respondent’s Guide is intended as an overview of Iowa State University’s Title IX Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking Policy. The content, information, and definitions provided herein are summary in fashion and do not constitute official university policy. The university’s full policy is available at: https://www.policy.iastate.edu/policy/students/sexualmisconduct.
Iowa State University (ISU) does not tolerate sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking in its education programs or activities. These unacceptable behaviors are collectively referred to as “Prohibited Sexual Harassment” and are specifically defined within ISU’s Title IX Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking Policy (Title IX Policy) and accompanying Procedures, Applications, and Guidance, both available in the ISU Policy Library at: https://www.policy.iastate.edu/. ISU strongly urges students, faculty, staff, and visitors to promptly report all incidents of Prohibited Sexual Harassment to the university’s Title IX Coordinator.
ISU will respond in a reasonable manner to all reports of Prohibited Sexual Harassment. In appropriate cases, ISU will conduct a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation and hearing of complaints and, where appropriate, issue interim and/or final remedial measures. ISU may implement reasonable and appropriate supportive measures or other interim measures prior to the conclusion of an investigation/hearing following an individualized assessment of the matter.
Retaliation, including intimidating, threatening, coercing, or discriminating against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX or because the individual has made a report or complaint, testified, assisted, or participated or refused to participate in any manner in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing is strictly prohibited and may constitute a separate and independent violation of university policy.
All ISU students, employees, and campus community members have access to “Confidential Resources” that may be accessed regardless of whether they make a report to the university or participate in a university or law enforcement investigation or hearing process. ISU also prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and/or protected U.S. Veteran status (collectively referred to as “Protected Status”) in its programs, activities, and/or employment. Concerns regarding discrimination and harassment are addressed by ISU’s Discrimination and Harassment Policy, available at: https://www.policy.iastate.edu/policy/discrimination.
Individuals can make a report and/or seek guidance from ISU’s Title IX Coordinator and Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) staff by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), by telephone (515-294-7612), or in person (3410 Beardshear Hall).
The information and definitions contained in this Respondent’s Guide are abbreviated and in summary form only. Individuals must consult Title IX Procedures, Applications, and Guidance for complete definitions, available at: https://www.policy.iastate.edu/sites/default/files/resources/223/PAG%20-Title%20IX%202020-08-14.pdf.