Know Your Rights

Do you know your legal rights as a United States citizen, resident, immigrant, visitor, or traveler? While some laws can be different in every state, everyone is protected by basic legal and constitutional rights in the U.S.

Through a series of educational workshops, we bring experts to share legal rights information related to current events impacting the community. Law enforcement partners are present to provide guidance on how to interact in various scenarios. Participants learn about policies and resources available to support them on campus and beyond.

Know Your Rights events are open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members.

Upcoming Know Your Rights: Harassment 101

Join us on Thursday, January 23, 3:00 – 5:00 pm in Carver 0001 to learn what legally constitutes harassment and what resources are available to you for reporting and investigating harassment incidents.

The presentation will be delivered by ISU PD Engagement and Inclusion Officers, the Office of Equal Opportunity, and Ben Matchan, a local prosecutor with the Story County Courthouse, who will cover different scenarios and important facts from a legal standpoint.

The presentation will be followed by small group discussions and open mic. The information provided will highlight options available for ISU community members, including reporting resources and spaces for support on campus as well as strategies to use in the moment.

About ISU PD Engagement and Inclusion Officers

The engagement and inclusion officer (EIO) initiative was launched in 2015. This community-building outreach program has since grown to nine officers, several of them Iowa State alumni.  EIOs provide training, resources, and presentations to students on campus to help engage more frequently with the Iowa State campus. Their aim is to help vulnerable communities on campus while also building trust between students and officers.

EIOs have established a formal partnership with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to increase opportunities for interacting with students in non-police-related settings. For more information, visit: