Greetings from Dr. Melissa Shivers,
Vice President for Student Life

The University of Iowa, Division of Student Life, and the Office of the Dean of Students are thrilled to have you on campus for orientation – I know you will love being a member of the amazing UI family. This week you will take the first of many steps on the remarkable journey ahead of you. I want to assure you that you have a strong group of cheerleaders, supporters, mentors, and advisors here to help you make the most of your time.

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 safetywe are counting on you to play an active part.

I believe it is important to clearly communicate the expectations the University of Iowa has of its students. Please know that as a member of this community there is a standard of behavior to which you are held.

  • 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 Service (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, a 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 your life – I hope that you will kick-start the experience by familiarizing yourself with Iowa’s policies and behaving responsibly. We belong to each other and have a responsibility to keep ourselves and our fellow Hawkeyes safe.

Thank you for choosing to be a part of this amazing community!

On Iowa!

Dr. Melissa Shivers

Vice President for Student Life