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Greeting from Lyn Redington, Assistant Vice President & Dean of Pupils

Welcome Class of 2021:

I am happy you have chosen to become a member of the Hawkeye Family! The University of Iowa and The Office of the Dean of Students are your partners in your quest to reach your academic and personal goals. Orientation is the first step on this remarkable journey.

During orientation, you will have the opportunity to learn more about strategies for adjusting to college successfully, getting involved on campus, and making good choices. These sessions provide practical and valuable information on our policies and the many programs and services we have in place to promote a healthy environment, supportive of student success. I encourage you to attend these sessions.

The IOWA Challenge, a set of expectations for UI students, provides a clear path to student success at Iowa, encouraging students to EXCEL, STRETCH, ENGAGE, CHOOSE, and SERVE. The Challenge encourages students to choose wisely and make decisions of which they, their families, and their institution can be proud. I am confident in your ability to meet the Challenge and we will do all we can to support you in doing so.

We hope you will embrace the IOWA Challenge and

  • EXCEL academically
  • STRETCH yourself and try something new
  • ENGAGE on campus and in the community
  • CHOOSE to make decisions that will elevate you and your future
  • SERVE the campus and community

As you CHOOSE your path, we don’t want high-risk behaviors to spoil your orientation experience or to jeopardize the considerable investment you are about to make in your education. We are committed to helping all students be successful at the University of Iowa. During orientation, you will learn about bystander intervention, which is one of the ways we are working to ensure safety on campus. We all have a role in campus safety – we are counting on you to play an active part.

  • Hawkeyes are expected to obey federal, state, and local laws
  • Hawkeyes are expected to obey the Code of Student Life. This means policy violators will be immediately removed from orientation, may be placed on Disciplinary Probation, and may be prohibited from living on-campus.
  • The University of Iowa does not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, and any nonconsensual sexual conduct. Sexual misconduct violates university policy and all complaints are taken seriously, investigated thoroughly, and adjudicated promptly.
  • Most victims of sexual assault are attacked by someone they know. Consent must clearly be given at every step  during sexual activity. It is never okay to take advantage of someone who is drunk, high, sleeping, or passed out. There are confidential resources available to assist students who experience unwanted sexual behavior, including the Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP), the Women’s Resource and Action Center (WRAC), University Counseling Services (UCS) and the Office of the Ombudsperson.

In addition, The University of Iowa participates collaboratively with the city of Iowa City in the Partnership for Alcohol Safety, campus-community coalition. We support local police efforts to strictly enforce the minimum legal drinking age of 21. Through outreach, we are working to reduce the impact of high-risk behaviors, as students who drink too much hurt themselves and other students. 

College is an amazing time of life—I hope you will make the most of it!

Go  Hawks!

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Lyn Redington, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students