Laws and Codes

Privacy Laws and Confidentiality:

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) permits communication about a student of concern under the following circumstances:

  • UI may disclose personally identifiable information from an “educational record” to appropriate individuals in connection with a health or safety emergency. Information may be released to parents, police or others, if knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.
  • Information can be shared with University personnel when there is a specific need to know and should be limited to the essentials of University business.
  • Observations of a student’s conduct or statements made by a student are not “educational records” and are therefore not protected by FERPA. Such information should be shared with appropriate consideration for student privacy.

Code of Student Life

The Code of Student Life sets forth standards of student behavior and conduct necessary for the maintenance of a campus where ideas are freely exchanged, University property and processes are safeguarded, and conflicts are peacefully resolved. Each University of Iowa student has an obligation to know and adhere to the Code of Student Life, and each University of Iowa student shall be conclusively presumed to have knowledge of the contents of the Code of Student Life from the date of the student’s application to the University. Examples of behavior prohibited by the Code include:

Conduct that threatens the health or safety of any person (including oneself ), including:

  • Physical assault, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, or domestic violence
  • Threats that cause a person reasonably to be in sustained fear for one’s own safety or the safety or their immediate family
  • Intoxication or impairment through the use of alcohol or controlled substances to the point where one is unable to exercise care for one’s safety
  • Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures or other University activities
  • Use, display, or storage of a weapon or destructive device
  • Sexual harassment
  • Racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity/expression, and other forms of harassment
  • Stalking, hazing, and disorderly behavior