STEP 3 - File a Complaint with IOA
The IOA recognizes that a student desiring to file an IOA complaint and witnesses who are asked to participate in an IOA investigation may be hesitant to engage in the investigation process for fear of being held responsible for violations of the University’s Alcohol and Drug Policy. To eliminate this concern, a student who files a complaint with the IOA or witnesses who participate in an IOA investigation will not be subjected to discipline under the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities for personal consumption of alcohol and/or drugs.
Anyone who believes they experienced sexual misconduct and/or sexual violence (such as sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or intimate partner violence), or stalking may file an administrative complaint with the IOA.
To initiate the filing of a complaint with the IOA. A complaint form may be completed and submitted online; or you may file a complaint in person at the IOA office.
You should include the following information, to the extent known and available:
- Your name and contact information (address, telephone, e-mail);
- Name of person(s) directly responsible for the alleged sexual misconduct, sexual violence, or stalking;
- Date(s), time(s), and place(s) of the alleged behavior(s);
- A copy of any documents or other tangible items pertaining to the alleged behavior(s), including emails, text messages, social media communication, etc.;
- Names and contact information for any witnesses of the alleged behavior(s);
- Any other relevant information.
Upon receiving a complaint, the IOA will acknowledge receipt of the complaint and will request a meeting with you to inform you of your rights and support resources associated with the complaint investigation process.
Confidentiality & Anonymity
All information shared with the IOA is treated with discretion and tact. Nevertheless, certain information provided to the IOA may need to be disclosed to other University officials. Those who participate in an IOA investigation are only provided with sufficient information to allow them to respond fairly and appropriately to the complaint allegations.
You are welcome and encouraged to participate in the IOA investigation to your desired level of comfort. Participation in the IOA investigation process is voluntary. You may also change your mind and decline to participate in the IOA investigation once the investigation process has started.
It is important to note, however, that your decision not to participate in the IOA investigation process may limit the University's ability to respond to the incident.
Interim and Protective Measures
The IOA is able to offer or impose a variety of support measures to assist you and prevent you from harm.
These support services are available regardless of whether you choose to file a criminal or IOA complaint and regardless of whether you choose to participate in a criminal or IOA investigation.
Examples of interim measures include, but are not limited to, contact restrictions placed on the responding party, academic accommodations, alternative housing placement, alternative work schedules.locations, course schedule changes, legal assistance, student financial aid assistance, health and mental health support, visa and immigration assistance, and course withdrawal/load reductions.
The University of Kansas prohibits retaliations against those who file an IOA complaint and witnesses who participate in an investigation. If you believe you experiencing retaliation in any form, please let our office know as soon as possible. The IOA will respond promptly to all allegations of retaliation.