Reimagining Campus Safety
The Reimagining Campus Safety Action Committee is responsible for identifying strategies, tactics, and timelines for creating a campus community that supports the safety of all individuals, with particular attention to people* who have traditionally experienced disproportionate harm from systems such as law enforcement.
The University of Iowa has partnered with a local agency, Astig Planning, to support gathering feedback from the campus community on the campus safety prototypes. Astig Planning services are aimed at transforming communities and landscapes through engagement, empowerment, and advocacy.
* People who have traditionally experienced disproportionate harm from systems such as law enforcement include Black, Latinx, and Gender-Non-Conforming individuals, among others
Give feedback to the committee
Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to view the prototypes on this page and provide your feedback to the committee. More information about this process is available at the link below.
The feedback period ended on March 12, 2021.
About the prototypes
The following are prototypes developed by the Reimagining Campus Safety Committee. These prototypes are under consideration for inclusion in the final recommendation to President Wilson.
Prototype: Refocusing Accountability, and Retraining for Campus Police Service
This prototype calls for a reimagining of the focus and structure of police response at the University of Iowa. This prototype specifically focuses on the University of Iowa Police Department, a division within the UI Department of Public Safety.
Prototype: Holistic Approach to Campus Safety
This prototype envisions a more holistic approach to campus safety that proactively supports and invests in student’s health and well-being, centralizes support and resources for students, and utilizes alternative first responders, such as mental health professionals and trained mediators.
Prototype: Community-Police Oversight Committee
This prototype forms an oversight committee to ensure anti-racist campus safety practices, and is designed to ensure that university police and other entities are fully accountable to our university community. Any new oversight recommendations should work collaboratively with the already established presidential charter committee on university safety and security. Read more about the charter committee here.
Town hall meetings
The University of Iowa’s Reimagining Campus Safety Action Committee is making progress on creating a shared vision for a safe and inclusive campus for every member of the community. In early February, the committee held two virtual town hall meetings listening sessions to gather a range of perspectives, experiences, and viewpoints.
The committee expects to provide recommendations to President Wilson in summer 2021.
Questions and contact
Contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Life (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions. You may also contact Astig Planning, who is assisting the committee in gathering community feedback through focus groups and listening sessions. Contact V Fixmer-Oraiz (email@example.com) and David De La Torre (firstname.lastname@example.org).
About the Committee
ChargeThe Action Committee is responsible for identifying strategies, tactics, and timelines for creating a campus community that supports the safety of all individuals, with particular attention to people* who have traditionally experienced disproportionate harm from systems such as law enforcement.Learn More
Process and guiding questions
Process In order to enact transformation in a culture, we must go beyond a focus on the “what” of our work (the tasks, the structure, etc.) to also value and center the “how”.Learn More
Reimagining Campus Safety Feedback
The Reimagining Campus Safety Action Committee has outlined prototypes, or potential models, to share with the campus on different ways the University of Iowa can create an anti-racist system that provides compassionate, caring response to the full range of safety needs for all members of the UI community.Learn More