A Complainant is an individual who is alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute discrimination or harassment based on a protected class; or retaliation for engaging in a protected activity.
There are many resources on and off campus to help individuals feel supported during this process. Confidential resources, medical resources and international resources are available for individuals seeking an advocate or medical attention in relation to a reported incident.
Confidentiality refers to the protection of disclosed information in legally-protected settings. Privacy acknowledges discretion will be exercised in the course of an investigation or case.
Seek a Counselor.
UNI Counseling Center (24/7 availability) – 319.273.2676
Seek an Advocate.
An advocate provides support and complete confidentiality, answers questions, gives information about options and additional resources, and assists with the options a complainant may choose to pursue. All parties have the right to have an advocate/advisor attend appointments, meetings, and procedures with them. Advocates are not attorneys and cannot provide legal advice.
Accompany individuals to emergency room visits and follow-up appointments.
Assist in obtaining protective orders.
Accompany individuals to meetings and investigative interviews.
Provide support and understanding of the court systems and university procedures.
Act as liaison between an individual and the legal system and/or university process.
Make referrals when needed.
Below are list of local agencies that provide advocacy services:
Riverview Center Crisis Line & Sexual Assault Advocate (24/7 availability) – 888-557-0310
Waypoint Services Crisis Line & Relationship Violence Advocate (24/ availability) – 800-208-0388
Amani Community Service (African American Community) – 888-983-2533
Monsoon Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity – (515) 288-0881
Seek Medical Assistance.
For individuals experiencing sexual assault, completing a sexual assault medical exam is recommended in order to identify and address physical injuries. Exams are done by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE).
MercyOne Cedar Falls Medical Center (24/7 availability) – 319-272-2600
UnityPoint Health – Allen Hospital (24/7 availability) – 319-235-3941
MercyOne Waterloo Medical Center (24/7 availability) – 319-272-8000
UNI Student Health Clinic – 319-273-2009
On-Campus and Local Safety Resources
Rights of Parties
An Advisor is a person chosen by a party or appointed by the institution to accompany the party to meetings related to the resolution process, to advise the party on that process, and to conduct cross-examination for the party at the hearing, if any. Possible Advisors include trained faculty and staff. To see a list of UNI-appointed Advisors, click here. Advisors serve voluntarily and may or may not agree to serve when asked. Respondents may also select an Advisor of their choice outside of this list.