Greetings from Tom Rocklin, Vice President for Student Life

Welcome Class of 2021:

I am pleased 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 in this remarkable journey. 

As with any journey, there are rules that must be followed. During orientation, students are expected to comply with the Code of Student Life and other applicable policies. In particular, I want you to be familiar with rules pertaining to alcohol, drugs, and sexual misconduct, including the standard of affirmative consent. As you CHOOSE your path, please take time to understand the following policy information to ensure your orientation visit is a positive one.

As members of the Hawkeye family, students are expected to obey federal, state, and local laws.

The University prohibits alcohol or drug use, or possession of alcohol, beverage containers, drugs or paraphernalia during summer orientation. Policy violators are required to meet with the Dean of Students. Policy violators will be removed immediately from summer orientation, may be placed on Disciplinary Probation, may be required to complete a substance abuse program during the fall semester in order to remain enrolled, 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, dating or domestic violence, and stalking.

Most victims of sexual assault are abused 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, the Office of the Ombudsperson, and University Counseling Service.  Reports about sexual misconduct can be made to the University Police and to the Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator.

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. High-risk behaviors derail student success. 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 look out for Hawkeyes.

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. The University of Iowa also coordinates the UI Anti-violence Coalition, representing over 30 offices, departments and community organizations to ensure focused and ongoing attention on issues of prevention, policy development, and response protocols, for sexual misconduct. Together these services and resources create an environment to help foster respect for self and respect for others.

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 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.

Best wishes for a successful, enjoyable, and safe orientation experience.

Tom Rocklin,
Vice President for Student Life