Victim's Rights

Posted on Saturday, July 27th, 2013
Victim’s Rights Afforded by the University of Northern Iowa
  • Your report will be taken seriously and you will be treated with dignity.
  • We will provide referrals to a sexual assault advocate who can assist you in understanding and evaluating options that are available to you.
  • We will help you notify the proper civil, criminal and administrative authorities, should you choose to do so.
  • We will not discourage you from reporting the incident.
  • You will not be blamed, subtly or overtly, for what happened.
  • You will be afforded the same rights as the accused in regards to campus disciplinary proceedings.
  • You will be notified promptly of the outcome of such proceedings.
  • You will have the full and prompt cooperation of Public Safety personnel in obtaining, securing and maintaining evidence that would assist in subsequent legal proceedings.
  • We will take reasonably feasible steps to prevent unnecessary or unwanted contact or proximity with your assailant, including no contact notices and no trespassing orders. At your request, we will also help you find alternate housing and/or change your class assignments.
  • You have the right to counseling. Campus personnel will help you locate these resources.
  • You have the right to be made aware of, and assisted in, exercising any options as provided by state and federal laws.
Sexual Assault Victim's Rights Afforded by the State of Iowa

You 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.

If there is an accommodation you need in order to participate in a WRS program or activity, please contact WRC 101 at (319) 273-6275.


Human Dignity

We believe that all people, regardless of their differences, should treat each other with mutual respect and dignity. Diversity and individual rights will be honored and respected.