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UIPD Issue Timely Warning: On Campus Sexual Assault

Trigger Warning: This warning addresses a report of sexual misconduct. Resources are available on and off campus to provide assistance. Contact RVAP for 24/7 support at (319) 335-6000.

This information is being released in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses, including timely warnings of crimes that may represent a threat to the safety of students or employees.

On April 16, 2014 a student reported to University of Iowa staff that in the fall semester of 2013 she was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance at an on campus residence hall. The student and the acquaintance were attending an off campus party together and the acquaintance gave the student a drink; she has no memory after consuming the drink. The student woke up the next morning with the acquaintance in the student's room and she stated she was sexually assaulted while incapacitated. The student also received information that the same acquaintance has committed another sexual assault in the spring semester of 2014. The second victim has not reported the incident to University officials.

The only person responsible for sexual misconduct is the perpetrator. It is a violation of university policy to engage in sexual activities without affirmative consent from your partner. Someone incapacitated due to alcohol or drugs cannot consent to sexual activity. This is reflected in university policy: http://dos.uiowa.edu/assistance/consent/. A university student or employee in violation of sexual misconduct policies faces sanctions up to and including expulsion or termination.

It is estimated that nationwide 20 percent of women and six percent of men experience sexual assault or attempted sexual assault during their college years. Data reveal nearly 50 percent of transgender people experience sexual violence. No matter the demographic, the most common type of sexual assault is not committed by a stranger but by someone known to the victim, typically a date or other acquaintance.

If you feel uneasy about a situation, trust your instincts and attempt to interrupt the chain of events. Create a distraction and involve others. Make a commitment to ensure everyone has a safe way home. Being an active bystander doesn't require you put yourself at risk. If you believe a crime has been committed we encourage you to call the police  911. To contact University of Iowa Police call (319) 335-5022. More information is available here: http://www.rainn.org/get-information/sexual-assault-prevention.

We strongly encourage victims to seek medical attention immediately, even if there are no obvious physical injuries. Receiving a sexual assault examination is free and conducted by a specially trained nurse. An examination does not obligate someone to any kind of investigation; however, it allows evidence to be collected and preserved in the event you choose to authorize a criminal investigation at a later time.

In addition to seeking medical attention, there are other options for self-care after an assault, including contacting a confidential victim advocate (24/7 support at 319-335-6000). More information about options is provided here: http://osmrc.uiowa.edu/.

 

Posted by | 20 April 2014

UIPD Issue Timely Warning: Two Unrelated Incidents

Trigger Warning: This warning addresses a report of sexual misconduct. Resources are available on and off campus to provide assistance. Contact RVAP for 24/7 support at (319) 335-6000.

This information is being released in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses, including timely warnings of crimes that may represent a threat to the safety of students or employees.

University of Iowa Police received information on two unrelated reports of sexual misconduct:

A student reported he was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance on March 28, 2014 after they met at an off campus party and returned to an on campus residence hall where the incident occurred.

In an unrelated incident, University of Iowa staff also received a report from a student that she was the victim of non-consensual contact of a sexual nature by an acquaintance that occurred on January 15, 2014 in an on campus residence hall. 

 

The only person responsible for sexual misconduct is the perpetrator. It is a violation of university policy to engage in sexual activities without affirmative consent from your partner. Someone incapacitated due to alcohol or drugs cannot consent to sexual activity. This is reflected in university policy: http://dos.uiowa.edu/assistance/consent/. A university student or employee in violation of sexual misconduct policies faces sanctions up to and including expulsion or termination.

It is estimated that nationwide 20 percent of women and six percent of men experience sexual assault or attempted sexual assault during their college years. Data reveal nearly 50 percent of transgender people experience sexual violence. No matter the demographic, the most common type of sexual assault is not committed by a stranger but by someone known to the victim, typically a date or other acquaintance.

If you feel uneasy about a situation, trust your instincts and attempt to interrupt the chain of events. Create a distraction and involve others. Make a commitment to ensure everyone has a safe way home. Being an active bystander doesn't require you to put yourself at risk. If you believe a crime has been committed we encourage you to call the police -- 911. To contact University of Iowa Police call (319) 335-5022. More information is available here: http://www.rainn.org/get-information/sexual-assault-prevention.

We strongly encourage victims to seek medical attention immediately, even if there are no obvious physical injuries. Receiving a sexual assault examination is free and conducted by a specially trained nurse. An examination does not obligate someone to any kind of investigation; however, it allows evidence to be collected and preserved in the event you choose to authorize a criminal investigation at a later time.

In addition to seeking medical attention, there are other options for self-care after an assault, including contacting a confidential victim advocate (24/7 support at 319-335-6000). More information about options is provided here: http://osmrc.uiowa.edu/.

Posted by | 3 April 2014 | Tags: ,

Crime Prevention Newsletter

The University of Iowa Department of Public Safety is proud to present this month's Crime Prevention Newsletter

The Crime Prevention Newsletter will give you spring break safety tips and information on bystander intervention.

You can find additional tips and personal safety information on our Facebook  and Twitter pages too!

Posted by police | 13 March 2014 | Tags: , ,

UIPD Issue Timely Warning: Student Reported Sexual Assault

Trigger Warning: This warning addresses a report of sexual misconduct. Resources are available on and off campus to provide assistance. Contact RVAP for 24/7 support at (319) 335-6000.

This information is being released in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses, including timely warnings of crimes that may represent a threat to the safety of students or employees.

University of Iowa staff received a report from a student that she was sexually assaulted early on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 by an acquaintance in a room at an on campus residence hall. 

The only person responsible for sexual misconduct is the perpetrator. It is a violation of university policy to engage in sexual activities without affirmative consent from your partner. Someone incapacitated due to alcohol or drugs cannot consent to sexual activity. This is reflected in university policy: http://dos.uiowa.edu/assistance/consent/. A university student or employee in violation of sexual misconduct policies faces sanctions up to and including expulsion or termination.

It is estimated that nationwide 20 percent of women and six percent of men experience sexual assault or attempted sexual assault during their college years. Data reveal nearly 50 percent of transgender people experience sexual violence. No matter the demographic, the most common type of sexual assault is not committed by a stranger but by someone known to the victim, typically a date or other acquaintance.

If you feel uneasy about a situation, trust your instincts and attempt to interrupt the chain of events. Create a distraction and involve others. Make a commitment to ensure everyone has a safe way home. Being an active bystander doesn't require you put yourself at risk. If you believe a crime has been committed we encourage you to call the police -- 911. To contact University of Iowa Police call (319) 335-5022. More information is available here: http://www.rainn.org/get-information/sexual-assault-prevention.

We strongly encourage victims to seek medical attention immediately, even if there are no obvious physical injuries. Receiving a sexual assault examination is free and conducted by a specially trained nurse. An examination does not obligate someone to any kind of investigation; however, it allows evidence to be collected and preserved in the event you choose to authorize a criminal investigation at a later time.

In addition to seeking medical attention, there are other options for self-care after an assault, including contacting a confidential victim advocate (24/7 support at 319-335-6000). More information about options is provided here: http://osmrc.uiowa.edu/.

Posted by | 11 March 2014

UIPD Looking For Assistance

The UIPD is looking for assistance in identifying these two individuals who are persons of interest in an ongoing theft investigation at the CRWC.  If you have any information, please contact the UIPD at 319-335-5022 and ask for Officer Hall.

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Posted by | 4 March 2014

UIPD Issue Timely Warning: Off-Campus Sexual Assault

University of Iowa Staff Receives Report of Assault

 

On February 20, 2014 University of Iowa staff received a report from a student that on February 15, 2014 the student was sexually assaulted at an off campus fraternity house. The student stated she was at the fraternity house when a fraternity member invited her to another room where he sexually assaulted her.

At this time the reporting party has decided not to report the incident to law enforcement and we are respecting her decision. 

In response to this incident, the University of Iowa Police Department is providing the following information on acquaintance sexual assaults. This information is general and not related to this incident.

It is estimated that nationwide 20 percent of women and six percent of college men experience sexual assault or attempted sexual assault during their college years.  Data reveal nearly 50 percent of transgender people experience sexual violence.  No matter the demographic, the most common type of sexual assault is not committed by a stranger but by someone known to the victim, typically a date or other acquaintance.

There are risk factors associated with sexual assault, about which it may be useful to be aware, but being at risk in no way shifts responsibility for sexual assault to a victim/survivor.  The only person responsible for sexual assault is the perpetrator.

Studies of sexual assault show a high correlation between acquaintance rape and drug/alcohol use.  Alcohol and drugs are often used to make someone vulnerable to sexual assault.  Be alert to people who pressure you or others to use a drug or consume alcohol.  Don't leave your drink unattended while talking, dancing, using the restroom, or making a phone call. If you've left your drink alone, just get a new one.

If you engage in sex, be sure you understand your partner's limits.  Don't engage in sexual activities without affirmative consent from your partner.  Someone incapacitated due to alcohol or drugs cannot consent to sexual activity. This is reflected in university policy: http://dos.uiowa.edu/policy-list/affirmative-consent-2/.

FOR SOMEONE VULNERABLE OR AS A BYSTANDER; If you feel uneasy about a situation, trust your instincts and attempt to interrupt the chain of events.   Create a distraction, involve friends.  Make a commitment to ensure everyone has a safe way home, i.e., a trusted friend, taxi, Cambus or NITE Ride if available.  Being an active bystander doesn't require you put yourself at risk.  If you believe a crime has been committed we encourage you to call the police - 911.

Your health is the most important issue and we strongly encourage victims to seek medical attention immediately, even if there are no obvious physical injuries.  Receiving a sexual assault examination is free and conducted by a specially trained nurse.  An examination does not obligate someone to any kind of investigation; however, it allows evidence to be collected and preserved in the event you choose to authorize a criminal investigation.   In addition to seeking medical attention, there are other options for self-care after an assault, including contacting a confidential victim advocate (24/7 support at 319-335-6000).  More information about options is provided here: http://osmrc.uiowa.edu/victim-options and here: http://police.uiowa.edu/be-proactive/reporting-sexual-assault/ under SEXUAL ASSAULT REFERRAL MATRIX.

If someone chooses a police investigation, we will investigate, provide support, and offer related services.  Sex offenses are treated with seriousness on our campus; criminal and/or severe disciplinary action can be taken (including suspension or expulsion). There are free confidential resources to support victim/survivors through both the criminal and university disciplinary processes.

UI Police offer Rape Aggression Defense courses as well as personal safety information through a Crime Prevention Specialist. See http://police.uiowa.edu/ for more information.

This information is being released in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses, including timely warnings of crimes that may represent a threat to the safety of students or employees. 

Posted by | 21 February 2014

Iowa City Police Looking For Assistance

The Iowa City Police Department is requesting the assistance of students who may have more information regarding the sexual assault investigation involving taxis in the Iowa City Area.

 

ICPD is investigating an incident where a female was assaulted by a cab driver Saturday night, February 15th or just after midnight on February 16th. The victim in this case reports she left the area of College and Clinton in a cab with an unknown white male wearing a hooded sweatshirt. This male was dropped off in the 600 block of Iowa Ave. prior to the assault. The Iowa City Police would like to speak with this male. If this was you or you know who this person was please contact Detective Stevens at (319)356-5281 or via email at scott-stevens@iowa-city.org.

 

Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect in the sexual assault. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 358-TIPS (8477). All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.

Posted by | 19 February 2014

UIPD Issue Timely Warning: Student Reported Sexual Assault

On February 18, 2014 a student reported to University of Iowa staff that on January 27, 2014 at about 9:30 p.m. the student was walking on the west riverbank near the railroad tunnel by the Fine Arts building when the student was approached by three unknown college age males and the student was sexually assaulted.
 
The suspects were described as two large white males, and another male that was described by the victim as mixed race or possibly Hispanic. One of the males was wearing a "Hawkeye" sweatshirt.
 
In response to this incident, the University of Iowa Police is providing the following information on sexual assaults. This information is general and not related to this incident.
 
It is estimated that nationwide 20 percent of women and six percent of college men experience sexual assault or attempted sexual assault during their college years.  Data reveal nearly 50 percent of transgender people experience sexual violence. 
 
There are risk factors associated with sexual assault, about which it may be useful to be aware, but being at risk in no way shifts responsibility for sexual assault to a victim/survivor.  The only person responsible for sexual assault is the perpetrator.
 
         Always be aware of your surroundings when walking alone especially late at night and in the early morning hours; if feasible, attempt to walk with a friend or in a group
 
         If approached, quickly walk/run toward other people or enter an establishment and call the police
 
         FOR SOMEONE VULNERABLE OR AS A BYSTANDER; If you feel uneasy about a situation, trust your instincts and attempt to interrupt the chain of events.   Create a distraction, involve friends.  Make a commitment to ensure everyone has a safe way home, i.e., a trusted friend, taxi, Cambus or NITE Ride if available.  Being an active bystander doesn't require you put yourself at risk.  If you believe a crime has been committed we encourage you to call the police - 911.
 
         Your health is the most important issue and we encourage victims to seek medical attention, even if there are no obvious physical injuries.  Receiving a sexual assault examination by a specially trained nurse does not obligate someone to any kind of investigation and the examination is free.  In addition to seeking medical attention, there are other options for self-care after an assault, including contacting a confidential victim advocate (24/7 support at 319-335-6000).  More information about options is provided here:
http://osmrc.uiowa.edu/victim-options.
 
Anyone with information about this incident should call the UI Police at 319-335-5022 or Iowa City Crimestoppers at 319-358-TIPS. Callers to Crimestoppers with information leading to a conviction may be eligible for a reward.
 
If someone chooses a police investigation, we will investigate, provide support, and offer related services.  We encourage crimes be reported immediately by calling 911.  Sex offenses are treated with seriousness on our campus; criminal and/or severe disciplinary action can be taken (including suspension or expulsion). There are free confidential resources to support victims/survivors through both the criminal and university disciplinary processes.
 
UI Police offer Rape Aggression Defense training which is self-defense training for women. For more information please contact the UI Police at 319-335-5022 or police@uiowa.edu or visit our website at
http://police.uiowa.edu/ for more information.
 
This information is being released in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses, including timely warnings of crimes that may represent a threat to the safety of students or employees.

Posted by | 19 February 2014 | Tags: ,

UIPD Issue Timely Warning: Sexual Assaults in Taxi Cabs

The Iowa City Police Department is currently investigating 3 sexual assaults with adult female victims while they were passengers in taxi cabs. ICPD released the following information:

The first incident was reported to the Iowa City Police Department on January 15, 2014 at 2:55AM. In this incident the victim was picked up by an unknown cab company in the downtown area and requested a ride to the southeast side of town. Upon arrival at the destination the victim reports that the driver of the cab made unwanted sexual advances toward her. The victim was able to escape the cab without injury and reported the matter to authorities. The suspect in this incident was described as a middle aged non-white male.

The second incident was reported to the Iowa City Police Department on January 25, 2014 at 4:17AM. In this incident the victim was picked up after being solicited by an unknown cab company in the downtown area and made arrangements to be taken to the south side of the downtown area. While driving towards the destination the cab driver pulled off of the roadway and made unwanted sexual advances towards the victim. The victim was able to escape the cab without injury and reported the matter to authorities. The suspect in this incident was described as a middle aged non-white male.

The third incident was reported to the Iowa City Police Department on February 16, 2014 at 12:30AM. In this incident the victim states that she was picked up by an American Taxi Cab in the downtown area and requested a ride to the southeast side of town. While driving towards the destination the cab driver pulled off of the roadway and made unwanted sexual advances towards the victim. The victim was able to escape the cab without injury and reported the matter to authorities. The suspect in this incident was described as a non-white male.

At the time the third victim entered the cab she observed a college aged white male passenger also in the van. This subject was dropped off by the cab company near the area of Iowa and Dodge between 11:30PM on February 15 and Midnight on February 16, 2014 prior to the assault. The Iowa City Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying this person.

In response to this incident the University of Iowa Police is providing the following information:

 

*     Remember when you are using a taxi service you are still getting in a car with a stranger. You should remain cautious, especially if you are in the taxi alone.

*     Before getting in the taxi try to remember a description of the car you get into, including color, make and model. A picture of the vehicle or license plate could be taken on a cell phone or you could send a text message to a friend with this information prior to getting in the taxi.

*     When in the taxi, locate the driver's name on the taxi license. The card must be prominently displayed and visible to all passenger seats, and be at least eight and one-half inches (8 1/2") in width and five and one-half inches (5 1/2") in height. 

*     You should have immediate access to your cell phone and be prepared to call 911 if you feel threatened or concerned in any way. Do no be afraid to call 911 for assistance, that is why 911 exists, even if you are intoxicated or impaired.

*     The University of Iowa Police offer NITE RIDE service to females. For more information see http://police.uiowa.edu/services/nite-ride/

 

Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of this suspect. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 358-TIPS (8477). All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.

This information is being released in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses, including timely warnings of crimes that may represent a threat to the safety of students or employees.

Posted by | 18 February 2014 | Tags: ,

UIPD Issue Timely Warning: Suspicious Acitivity

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY:  On 02/12/2014 at 01:25AM, an Iowa City police officer observed a vehicle following a male pedestrian traveling in the area of Bowery Street and Johnson Street.  The vehicle stopped alongside the curb and the occupants attempted to speak to the male.  The pedestrian appeared very uncomfortable and continued walking.  The pedestrian informed the Iowa City police officer that he did not know the driver or passenger.  They inquired if he was a college student and when he replied "yes," they told him to get in the vehicle so they could give him a ride.  The student continued walking on his way.  The Iowa City police officer then stopped the vehicle and spoke to the driver and passenger; they denied speaking with the student.  During a routine check, it was discovered that the driver was illegally driving while under suspension and was so charged.

The vehicle is described as a gray 2007 Dodge Caravan; the driver and passenger are described as two black males (one in his mid-forties and the other late twenties).  The names of the pedestrian, the driver and passenger of the Caravan are not being released.

In response to this incident, the University of Iowa Police Department is providing the following information. This information is general and not related to the actions of the individual in the aforementioned account.

 

*             Avoid accepting rides from strangers and move away from the vehicle when approached

*             You are under no obligation to communicate; don't be concerned with appearing to be rude if you feel vulnerable

*             Always be aware of your surroundings when walking alone especially late at night and in the early morning hours

*             If approached, quickly walk/run toward other people or enter an establishment and call the police

*             FOR SOMEONE VULNERABLE OR AS A BYSTANDER; If you feel uneasy about a situation, trust your instincts and attempt to interrupt the chain of events.  Being an active bystander doesn't require that you put yourself at risk.  If practical, attempt to record pertinent information (i.e., description of    vehicle and occupants, license number, distinguishing features, location and direction of travel, etc.)

 

This information is being released in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses, including timely warnings of crimes that may represent a threat to the safety of students or employees.

Posted by | 14 February 2014 | Tags: ,

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