The University of Iowa


Students Helping OUT (SHOUT)



The SHOUT program provides trained student ambassadors to patrol during student sponsored events, student gatherings, and in downtown Iowa City during high traffic, weekend hours with a focus on bystander intervention and overall safety.

The mission of SHOUT is to provide a community service to students and other patrons by helping a lost person find their group, arranging safe transportation via NITE RIDE, and providing public education about the Rave Guardian app and other safety services the department offers. 

This program is focused on community service as opposed to law enforcement and compliance. Police will not be requested for minor infractions (such as jaywalking, riding bikes in unauthorized areas, tobacco compliance, or loitering) unless there is an immediate concern for someone's safety. 

The SHOUT program is another layer of the department’s community policing strategy, and aims to create an avenue for students to play an active role in making their campus safe.


Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. in downtown Iowa City. 

Patrol borders are:

  • North — East Market St
  • East — South Dodge St
  • South — East Burlington St
  • West — South Madison St 

SHOUT services include:

  • Helping an individual who is separated from their group
  • Helping facilitate safe transportation by foot, NITE RIDE, or SHOUT vehicle
  • Helping students set up a Rave Guardian profile
  • Bystander intervention

SHOUT services DO NOT include:

  • Providing medical care to an incapacitated person; medical assistance will be requested
    • Intervening in violent situations; police assistance will be requested




Students from the SHOUT program visit with students downtown Iowa City.