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Student Health & Wellness

Both clinical and wellness related appointments are available at Student Health & Wellness, located in the Westlawn building (map). Consultations are available on several wellness topics (NutritionPhysical ActivityStressTobacco, & Sexual Health) at the CRWC (map).

Routine appointments at Student Health & Wellness are scheduled for anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour in length depending on the patient's 'concern' (illness, injury, etc. - what you describe to the scheduling staff when you call). Your description helps the scheduling staff determine the most appropriate type and length of appointment to give you. However, even with your best description and our best guess in terms of scheduling, times can vary. Student Health & Wellness tries their best to run on time and get you in and out as quickly as possible, while providing high quality medical care and wellness services.

For more information on their services or to schedule and appointment, visit the Student Health website

Wellness

Iowa City Parks & Recreation

Iowa City Parks & Recreation

Take a look at all the Iowa City Recreation Division can offer you and your family this 2017 Fall Activity Guide season. The 2017 Fall Recreation Activity Guide is available online and will be available at several City facilities. Those facilities include the following locations: 

  • Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center, 220 South Gilbert Street 
  • Mercer Aquatic Center/Scanlon Gymnasium, 2701 Bradford Drive
  • Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street
  • Iowa City City Hall, 410 E. Washington Street

For more information about events, facilities or programs, visit the Iowa City Parks & Recreation website

Wellness

Campus Dining

Campus Dining

  • Black's Gold Grill
  • Burge Market Place
  • Catlett Market Place
  • Clinton Street Market
  • Court Cafe
  • EMRB Cafe
  • Fire Up Late Night Grill
  • Food For Thought Cafe
  • Godfather's Pizza Carryout
  • Grande Avenue Market
  • Hillcrest Market Place
  • Mayflower Market
  • Pat's Diner
  • Power Cafe
  • River Room Cafe
  • Street Hawk Food Truck
  • Terrace Grille
  • The Filling Station
  • Union Market
  • Union Station

For menu's and hours of operations, visit the campus dining website

https://dining.uiowa.edu/locations

Chief Diversity Office

About the Chief Diversity Office

Within the Chief Diversity Office, the Diversity Resources Team provides consultation, resource, and skill-building opportunities for University of Iowa faculty, staff, students and guests in order to foster an inclusive, respectful and equitable university community.

Equal Opportunity and Diversity (EOD) implements diversity policies at the University of Iowa and supports the university’s compliance with federal/state laws and regulations and university policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, retaliation and sexual harassment by or towards any UI community member.

The Center for Diversity and Enrichment (CDE) provides precollege students development assistance with facilitating the enrollment process and provides programs and activities that support the ability of underrepresented student to increase their skills to thrive and succeed at the University of Iowa.

  • Within CDE, the Military and Veteran Student Services provides a resource for utilizing the talents, leadership ability and volunteer power of our veteran and military-affiliated community.
  • CDE also administers the federally funded TRiO Student Support Services and Upward Bound programs.
    • TRiO SSS assists in developing and enhancing student academic skills, connects them to resources on campus and in the community and provides programming, tutoring and a safe space to develop relationships for low-income and first-generation students and/or students with disabilities.
    • TRiO Upward Bound helps first-generation and low-income high school students prepare for college and understand the college-going process.

To learn more about the Chief Diversity Office and its programs, visit the website

Miscellaneous

University Counseling Services

About University Counseling Services (UCS)

The UCS has an inter-disciplinary multicultural staff of psychologists, social workers, graduate interns, practicum students, and administrative professionals. Its training and interests span a broad range of counseling approaches. Each staff member has training and experience working specifically with college students.

The mission of the University Counseling Service is to provide compassionate psychological services, outreach, and training that foster the mental health of students, nurture student success, and contribute to a safe, welcoming, and multiculturally aware campus community.

 To learn more about UCS and its services, visit the website

Wellness

UI Recreational Services

About Recreational Services 

The Department of Recreational Services is an integral part of the Hawkeye tradition.  The department promotes and coordinates campus-wide competitive and recreational activities.  Events and programs enhance skills, foster life-long friendships, and teach the understanding of true sportsmanship while promoting healthy lifestyle choices.  The department has a longstanding reputation for being a pioneer and leader in collegiate recreation and is well-respected locally, regionally, and within the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association.  But it wasn’t until the construction of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC) in 2010 that UI’s indoor recreational facilities moved from the bottom of the Big 10 to one of the best in the country.  In 2013, Best College Reviews ranked the CRWC #3 nationally in a publication outlining the 25 most amazing campus student recreation centers.

For more information on the facilities or programs, visit the website

 

Wellness

Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator

About the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator (OSMRC)

The Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator (OSMRC) coordinates the university's response to reports of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking when those reports involve members of or visitors to the university community. Informed by current federal guidance, the OSMRC aims to ensure university responses promptly and effectively stop problem behavior, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects. The office:

  • Provides a central place to report an incident
  • Provides expert advice about university policies and procedures
  • Provides referrals to campus and community confidential resources and victim advocates
  • Facilitates accommodations to address safety concerns and support victims or complainants so academic and professional pursuits may continue unimpeded
  • Coordinates the university's response by working with victims or complainants to ensure their wishes are understood and inform the process
  • and more...

To learn more about OSMRC, visit the website

https://osmrc.uiowa.edu

Miscellaneous

Dean of Students - Emergency Assistance

About Student Care & Assistance

Student Care & Assistance provides assistance to University of Iowa students experiencing crisis and emergency situations. These situations may include:

  • Hospitalization
  • Medical emergencies or long-term illness
  • Mental health concerns
  • Chronic conditions
  • Death of a family member
  • Natural disasters - fire, tornado, flood
  • Off campus living concerns
  • Unexpected events or challenges

To learn more about the Dean of Students and Student Care & Assistance, visit the website

Miscellaneous

RVAP

About RVAP

RVAP is a sexual assault victim advocate and prevention education agency that also hosts the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline. We serve anyone impacted by sexual violence -- survivors and/or their loved ones in the following eastern Iowa counties: Cedar, Des Moines, Henry, Iowa, Johnson, Lee, Washington, Van Buren. This includes but is not limited to individuals of any age, gender, identity, culture, etc. 

RVAP's mission is to provide free, confidential, trauma-informed advocacy to all affected by sexual violence and promote social change through prevention education.

For more information, visit RVAP's website.

Miscellaneous

Women's Resource & Action Center

About WRAC

WRAC works to create greater equity for individuals and communities of all identities, with a particular focus on women, through activism, social justice initiatives, leadership training, advocacy, service, and personal and professional development.

WRAC is located at :

Women's Resource & Action Center
Bowman House
230 N. Clinton Street
Iowa City, IA 52242

To learn more, visit the WRAC website

Miscellaneous

UIPD

About the University of Iowa Police Department (UIPD)

UIPD's mission is to provide each member of the University of Iowa community with a sense of security throughout campus by creating a safe learning environment at all times and educating students, faculty and staff in matters of protection and personal responsibility. 

To learn more about UIPD and the Department of Public Safety, visit the website.

Resources for Living Off-Campus

Bike Safety & Maintenance

Bike Safety:

Bicycle riders should follow the rules of the road along with motor vehicles. Adhering to the laws protects you and other motorists. Remember these tips for everyone’s safety:

  • Wear a bicycle helmet
  • Respect the pedestrian right of way
  • Anticipate conflict
  • Follow the traffic laws
  • Share the road and walkways

To find more information on biking, including regulations and registration, click here

Bike Maintenance: 

University Parking and Transportation has installed several bicycle repair stations and air pumps on the main campus.  These stations and pumps are free to use and provide tools necessary to perform basic repairs and maintenance; from changing a flat tire to adjusting brakes.  For help with repairs use the Quick Read (QR) code on the front of the Repair Station to view detailed instructions on your smart phone. 

Locations can be found here.  

Maintenance & Utilities Resources for Living Off-Campus

Moving Out of Your Apartment

Moving Out

Moving out of your rental property can be a very hectic time, but there are a number of steps you need to take during the move-out process

  • Make sure you have provided prior notice to your landlord for when you will be vacating the premises. Some landlords require 60 days or more notice, but to find out your specific situation, check your lease and call to make sure you have notified them appropriately. If the lease doesn't specify how much notice you must give, the law still requires you to give 30 days notice. You must provide this notice in writing.
  • Provide your landlord with a forwarding address, so that they know where to mail your security deposit (preferably sent by certified mail), and always keep a copy for your records. If you provide a forwarding address, a landlord is required to return your security deposit, minus any charges they can legally deduct from it, within 30 days, however, if you do not provide a forwarding address, after a year the landlord can legally keep your deposit.
  • Clean your apartment/house thoroughly! Remember: Your landlord can deduct money from you security deposit for damages and items not properly cleaned.
  • Fill out a move-out checklist, documenting the condition of the property once you have moved out. Give a copy to your landlord and make sure to keep a copy for your own records.
  • Take pictures and video-tape the unit. When video-taping the unit, make sure to document the date (i.e. Hold a newspaper from that day and video-tape this). NOTE: When video-taping, make sure to do this in one taping (do not pause or stop the tape at any time!).
  • Don't forget to return the keys to the landlord by the end of the lease term!

Return of Your Security Deposit

Your landlord is required to return your entire security deposit, or an itemized list of deductions and any remaining deposit, within 30 days of the end of the lease term (assuming they were provided with a forwarding address in writing before the lease term was over). If you are having issues with the return of your security deposit, or believe that the landlord is unfairly withholding a portion of it, contact the Student Legal Services office at 319.335.3276

Resources for Moving Out

Illegal Lease Provisions

Automatic Carpet Cleaning Provisions:

Lease provisions that require the tenant to pay for carpet cleaning at the end of a lease, regardless of actual damage, are illegal and unenforceable.  This is true even if you have already signed the lease agreement.

A landlord cannot make you pay for carpet cleaning automatically.  The landlord must prove the carpet needs to be professionally cleaned to put the apartment in the condition in which you received it. This means the landlord can make you pay to clean up stains from spilled drinks or pets, but the landlord cannot force you to use a specific cleaning service or company. 

If you already signed a lease with an automatic carpet cleaning provision, here's what you can do:
-Write your landlord a letter saying the provision is illegal, consider including the links at the bottom of this article for reference.  By informing your landlord about the illegal nature of these provisions, you could negotiate with your landlord instead of going to court after the landlord has taken money from your security deposit.  Even if you do end up in court, your letter could serve as evidence showing the landlord acted in bad faith (they knew they were acting illegally) and this may make them liable for punitive damages to you worth up to two months rent.  
-Vacuum and clean your carpets before you leave, then take a video of you wiping a clean white cloth across the carpet and hold up the cloth to show it isn't dirty.  This can serve as evidence in court that your carpet did not require professional carpet cleaning. 

News stories:

http://www.kwwl.com/story/25047791/2014/03/22/judge-rules-iowa-city-apartment-lease-clauses-illegal

http://www.clintonherald.com/ianews/x334205579/Judge-Iowa-City-rental-lease-clauses-are-illegal

http://ctrei.blogspot.com/2014/03/illegal-rental-clauses-that-could-land.html

http://qctimes.com/news/local/judge-iowa-city-rental-lease-clauses-are-illegal/article_abb35962-b10d-11e3-abb7-001a4bcf887a.html

Iowa cases:

http://www.ictenantsclassaction.com/DeStefanoORDERDistrictCourt.pdf

http://www.ictenantsclassaction.com/BarkalowOrderSumDecJudg2.pdf

No-Pet Provisions and Fines

Even if your lease has a no-pet provision, the landlord cannot impose a fine without showing specific damage. 

“Iowa Code § 562A.12(3) requires a landlord to provide the tenant with a specific reason for withholding any of the rental deposit, and also requires the landlord to prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, the reason for withholding any of the rental deposit, with ordinary wear and tear excepted.”

A lease provision that requires automatic fines for having a pet in a unit is illegal because the landlord is required to prove there is specific damage to the unit as a result of the tenant keeping a pet. The District Court in Johnson County has held that a landlord is not entitled to impose fines or deduct from the deposit without showing actual damage caused by having the pet. See:

http://www.ictenantsclassaction.com/BorerDistrictCourtRuling.pdf

Resources for Moving Out