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Hawk Watch

The University of Iowa Department of Public Safety is giving students, faculty, and staff another layer of protection with the help of a mobile application called Hawk Watch.

Hawk Watch, which is powered by the campus safety app Rave Guardian, allows users to invite friends, family, or UI DPS to act as a virtual safety escort, or “guardian,” when they travel from one location to another.

To activate the “guardian” feature, users are prompted to enter an estimated travel time and destination into the app and select a guardian. If the user does not check in or deactivate the safety timer upon arrival at their final destination, the app notifies their guardian and shares their GPS location so the guardian can check on them.

Should a user run in to trouble during their trip, Hawk Watch also includes a panic button feature that gives the user direct access to 9-1-1 or the UI Department of Public Safety depending on their location and proximity to campus.

For more information about the app, visit the website

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Safe Ride

About Safe Ride

The University of Iowa Student Government has paired with Yellow Cab of Iowa City to provide FREE and safe transportation for all University of Iowa Students in an emergency situation. This cab service is meant to offer UI students emergency transport home to distance themselves from potentially dangerous situations.

Safe Ride is now providing unlimited, free transport after a hospital discharge for students. These rides will not count against the one ride per semester. 

To learn more about Safe Ride, visit UISG's website

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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

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 the SHOUT program 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.

For more information on the program, visit the website

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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

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

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.

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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.  

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