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HELP A FRIEND
If you or your friend are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. Or get someone to call for you.
Resources if you/friend have experienced TIX prohibited conduct: General Resource Guide (PDF)
Resources if you/friend have been accused of TIX prohibited conduct: Respondent Resource Guide (PDF)
What are your options if you are seeking assistance? There are confidential, 'campus confidential', and 'private' options. These are explained below.
Under Iowa law, communications with some individuals are confidential. This means that any information shared by the victim/survivor with a specific individual will not be used against them in court or shared with others. This individual cannot be subpoenaed to testify against the victim/survivor in a court of law.
Students should always confirm whether confidentiality applies to the communication. Generally, confidentiality applies when a student seeks services from the following persons:
- ACCESS advocate
- Health care provider (including medical professionals at ISU Thielen Student Health Center)
- Psychological counselor (including counselors at ISU Student Counseling Services)
- Personal attorney
- Religious/spiritual counselor
More information about confidential resources including contact information can be found here.
Campus Confidential Resources
There are “Campus Confidential” resources which do not have obligations to report prohibited sexual harassment to the Title IX Coordinator. However, these resources are not protected under Iowa law as confidential. This means that any information shared by the victim/survivor with a specific individual could be used against them in court. This individual could be subpoenaed to testify against the victim/survivor in a court of law.
These resources include the following:
- Margaret Sloss Women’s Center
- Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success
More information about campus confidential resources can be found here.
Private Campus Resources
There are campus private resources that have an obligation to report prohibited sexual harassment to the Title IX Coordinator and are not protected under Iowa law as confidential. This means that any information shared by the victim/survivor with a university employee could be used in court. This individual could be subpoenaed to testify about the case in a court of law.
Iowa State University is committed to creating an environment that encourages students to come forward if they have experienced any form of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic volence, or stalking. The university will seek to keep the information private when a student comes forward to report. A university employee cannot guarantee complete confidentiality, but information is disclosed only to select officials who have an essential need to know in order to carry out their university responsibilities. The university must balance the needs of the individual student with its obligation to ensure the well-being of the community at large. Therefore, depending on the seriousness of the alleged incident, further action may be necessary, including a campus security alert.
Private campus resources include the following:
- Dean of Students Office
- Office of Equal Opportunity/Title IX Coordinator
- ISU Police Division
Contact information for private campus resources can be found here.