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Violence Intervention Services

Victim's Rights

Victim’s Rights Afforded by the University of Northern Iowa

  • To be treated with respect by University Officials
  • To take advantage of campus support resources (such as Counseling Services and University Health Services for students, or EAP services for employees)
  • To experience a safe educational and work environment
  • To have an advisor (students) or representative (employees) during this process
  • To refuse to have an allegation resolved through informal procedures
  • To be free from retaliation
  • To have complaints heard in substantial accordance with these procedures
  • To reasonable and necessary participation in the process
  • To be informed in writing of the outcome of the complaint and, where permissible, sanctions, and the rationale for the outcome 

Sexual Assault Victim's Rights Afforded by the State of IowaYou have the right to ask the police for help with any of the following on a temporary basis:

  1. If you believe that police protection is needed for your physical safety, you have the right to request that the officer present remain at the scene until you and other affected parties can leave or until safety is otherwise ensured. If the officer(s) are unable to remain on the scene, you have the right to be assisted in leaving the scene.
  2. You have the right to be assisted in obtaining medical treatment necessitated by the sexual assault, including assistance in obtaining transportation to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.

You have the right to ask the court for help with any of the following on a temporary basis:

  1. Keeping your attacker away from you, your home, and your place of work.
  2. The right to stay at your home without interference from your attacker.
  3. The right to seek a no-contact order under section 664A.3 or 915.22, if your attacker is arrested for sexual assault.
  4. You have the right to register as a victim with the county attorney under section 915.12.
  5. You have the right to file a complaint for threats, assaults, or other related crimes.
  6. You have the right to seek restitution against your attacker for harm to you or your property.
  7. You have the right to apply for victim compensation.
  8. You have the right to contact the county attorney or local law enforcement to determine the status of your case.
  9. If you are in need of medical treatment, you have the right to request athat the officer present assist you in obtaining transportation to the nearest hospital or otherwise assist you.
  10. You have the right to a sexual assault examination performed at state expense.
  11. You have the right to request the presence of a victim counselor, as defined in section 915.20A, at any proceeding related to an assault including a medical examination.

Riverview Center 888-557-0310 (24 hour crisis line) Free, confidential services including telephone support, medical, legal and court advocacy, individual and group counseling, emergency cellular phone loan program, and transportation to medical and counseling appointments.