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.
- Offices that are considered confidential according to their licensure and professional standards are denoted with an *asterisk in the master resource list. As such, they will follow their professional standards in prioritizing privacy when working with individuals. However, they will share information when necessary in the case of an individual being at likely and imminent risk of harm to self or others.
Code of Student Life
The Code of Student Life helps students learn and grow to become the best version of themselves. Hawkeyes are expected to embody the Iowa Challenge by positively contributing to the community and beyond. The Code of Student Life establishes a framework to ensure our Hawkeye community achieves and upholds the goals and values listed in the Iowa Challenge and Code of Student Life. The University is committed to due process and fairness when applying these rules and engaging in the Student Accountability Process. When you become a Hawkeye, you agree to understand and abide by the rules listed in the code, recognizing that this document helps us maintain a safe, healthy, respectful, and supportive community, embodying the meaning of being a Hawkeye.
Examples of prohibited include:
- Physical assault, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or domestic violence
- Threats that cause a reasonable person to be fearful for one’s own safety or the safety of others
- Intoxication or impairment through the use of alcohol or other substances to the point where and individual is unable to care for themselves
- Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures or other University activities
- Use, display, or storage of a weapon or destructive device
- Harassment based on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity/expression, and other forms of harassment
- Stalking, hazing, and disorderly behavior
If you have questions, please contact the Office of Student Accountability (319-335-1527).