The University of Iowa

Campus Safety Advisory

This message includes information about a crime that was recently reported on or near the University of Iowa campus. The purpose of this message is to provide you with the information you need to stay safe and take any appropriate precautions.

In the interest of campus safety, we want everyone to be aware the Iowa City Police Department received two reports of assaults under similar circumstances.

The first incident occurred in the afternoon of Thursday, March 31st, 2022, in the 300 block of South Gilbert St. when a woman was followed into an apartment building by a larger than average male wearing a gray sweatshirt who then got on the elevator with her. The suspect tried to stop her from getting off the elevator, but the woman was able to break free and go into an apartment. The suspect entered the apartment behind her and then left due to the apartment being occupied by other residents. A suspect was located and arrested by the Iowa City Police Department but has since been released after their court appearance. 

At approximately 1:46 a.m. on Sunday, April 3, 2022, Iowa City Police responded to the 400 Block of South Johnson Street for a report of an assault, in which a woman was attacked from behind as she entered her residence. The Iowa City Police released the following statement regarding the incident at this link.

If you have more information on these two incidents, please contact the Iowa City Police at (319) 356-5275 or the University of Iowa Police at (319) 335-5022.

Along with the Iowa City Police Department, the UI Department of Public Safety recommends walking in pairs whenever possible and being aware of your surroundings at all times. Avoid distractions such as cell phones if you are alone. If you believe you are being followed, go to a well-lit or crowded location, and call 911. Always lock the doors of your residence, even when you are home.

The only person responsible for a crime is the perpetrator. Crime alerts are sent to UI students and employees in accordance with federal law requiring universities to disclose information about crime to help prevent similar crimes and to identify offenders.

These notices are prompted by crimes that have already occurred, but could represent a serious or ongoing threat to students and employees. This message alone is not necessarily an indication that crime rates on campus have increased or that a pattern of crime has emerged. To learn more about crime in your area and/or on campus, we encourage you to read the Campus Safety and Security Report and review the daily crime log. You can also review previous crime alerts.

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Report a Crime 

Criminal Complaint: If you believe a crime has been committed, we encourage you to call 911. To contact the University of Iowa Police non-emergency line, call 319-335-5022. 

How to Get Help

Additional Resources: The university offers many resources, including confidential advice and medical assistance, to help you through whatever situation you may be experiencing. To learn more, view this comprehensive list

Report a Concern

Policy Complaint: The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) is available to explain and answer questions about reporting options if you have a concern about sexual misconduct, bias, harassment, equity, and discrimination. 

Safety Resources

Tools and Tips: The university is committed to supporting your personal safety. Learn more about crime prevention strategies, training opportunities, and campus safety services, including NITE RIDE and Rave Guardian