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When a complaint of sexual or interpersonal misconduct is investigated and adjudicated through a University policy, sanctions are available if the respondent is found responsible.

Sanctions issued will depend on the circumstances of each case and are at the discretion of the decision maker. Certain factors, when present, may lead to more severe sanctions for a violation of the sexual and interpersonal misconduct policy. These include:

  • Use of force, use of a weapon, or display of a weapon
  • The involvement of multiple perpetrators
  • Penetration of any kind
  • Isolation (physical, social, or otherwise)
  • Intentional incapacitation (using alcohol, drugs, or by other means)
  • Intimidation
  • Multiple offenses
  • Prior offenses

For complaints against students, the Code of Student Conduct identifies possible sanctions, including expulsion, suspension, non-acdemic probation, removal from University-owned housing, mandatory counseling, revocation of privileges, restitution, fines, educational or work assignments, or University reprimand. 

For complaints against employees, sanctions could range from counseling and reprimands to suspension or termination from employment.

For complaints involving third parties, the University may not have authority to sanction, but the University can take steps aimed at stopping the behavior and preventing its recurrence on campus or through Drake programs or activities.

Non-Sanction Actions

The University may also implement non-disciplinary interim and/or protective measures when appropriate and reasonable once it is notified of sexual or interpersonal misconduct, which may include no-contact orders and/or temporary or permanent changes in housing, academic, transportation and working conditions, if requested and reasonably available. These can be implemented before, during, or after an investigation or adjudication process or even if a formal report is never filed with the University.


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    515-512-2972 (call or text)
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        - Wednesdays 3:00-4:30 during fall & spring term