How IOA Can Help
The IOA strongly values the safety and well-being of each member of the KU community. We serve as a neutral and unbiased resource for students, faculty, and staff who wish to report an allegation of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence and/or retaliation.
The IOA is responsible for gathering information about the allegation in a diplomatic, culturally competent, and trauma informed manner that is fair to both the person reporting the allegation (i.e. the complainant) and the person responding to the allegation (i.e. the respondent).
Right to a Representative
It is permissible for anyone involved in an IOA investigation to bring a support person, such as a parent, friend, colleague, counselor, advisor, or legal representative to all IOA meetings. If you choose to bring a support person with you we ask that you notify the IOA in advance by calling (785) 864-6414 so that we may make the appropriate meeting arrangements.
The IOA is able to offer or impose a variety of interim measures to assist you and prevent you from harm. These support services are available regardless of whether an IOA complaint or criminal complaint has been filed. Examples of interim and protective measures include, but are not limited to, contact restrictions placed on the parties, academic accommodations, alternative housing placements, alternative work schedules/locations, course schedule changes, legal assistance referrals, student financial aid assistance, health and mental health support, visa and immigration assistance, and course withdrawal/load reductions.
If both parties independently agree, the IOA can assist in resolving the reported concern informally through mediation, educational conversations, and other forms of dispute resolution. There are circumstances, however, when due to the severity or pervasive nature of the concern informal resolution is not appropriate. Mediation is not an alternative resolution for allegations of sexual misconduct or sexual violence.
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 to the alleged concern.
Parties are welcome and encouraged to participate in the IOA investigation to their 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.
Please be aware that there are circumstances when the IOA may still choose to move forward with an investigation even if a party is no longer interested in providing information or continues to be involved.
The University of Kansas prohibits retaliation against those who file an IOA complaint and witnesses who participate in an investigation. If you believe you are experiencing retaliation in any form, please let our office know as soon as possible. The IOA will respond promptly to all allegations of retaliation.
Criminal Allegation Resolution Resources
The IOA complaint investigation process is independent of any other complaint resolution process. Individuals have the right to file a criminal complaint with the appropriate law enforcement authorities. Individuals may pursue these options in addition to or instead of filing a complaint with the IOA.
|Law Enforcement Authority||Phone|
|University of Kansas Public Safety Office (24/7)||785-864-5900|
|Lawrence Police Department (24/7)||785-832-7509 or 911|
|Douglas County Sheriff’s Department||785-841-0007 or 911|
University of Kansas Edwards Campus & Overland Park/Johnson County
|Law Enforcement Authority||Phone|
|Overland Park Police Department (24/7)||913-895-6300 or 911|
|Johnson County Sheriff's Office (24/7)||913-782-0720 or 911|
If you are concerned for your safety, call 911. The IOA can assist you in making a report to law enforcement.