Process

Iowa State University is committed to addressing incidents that impact our campus climate.  Your assistance in bringing these incidents to our attention is vital. Your help will enhance our ability to systematically identify and respond to such events.  Campus Climate incidents should be reported as soon as possible after their occurance.

When an individual files a report in person or via online form, the report is sent to the coordinator of the Campus Climate Reponse Team.  From here, the coordinator will inform the staff members who comprise the CCRT.  Offices represented on this team include the following: Office of Equal Opportunity, Dean of Students, Office of the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Iowa State University Police Department, Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost, and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.  This team approach allows the University to respond quickly to the incident for the safety and well-being of all those involved.

The team then makes an initial assessment of the behavior or incident.  As part of this assessement, the team will examine (1) any risk of harm to the broader community, (2) the affected individual's desired course of action for addressing the incident, (3) any investigatory measures that must be made in order to understand the situation more fully, and (4) any resources or protective measures that can be put in place to protect the health and safety of those involved (e.g. medical care, counseling, no-contact orders, assistance with academics).  A staff member on this team will contact the person who made the report to gather this information for the assessment and begin connecting them to resources.

At the time an individual files a report, they do not have to decide on a desired course of action; this can come at a later time.  The University will make every effort to respect the decision of the affected individual, but the University must move forward with cases in which there appears to be a direct threat to any individual or the University as a whole.  There are resources available to support affected individuals regardless of the course of action they choose.