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Campus Safety / Responding to Harassment

The University of Utah seeks to provide a safe and healthy experience for students, employees, and others who make use of campus facilities. While the University makes efforts to keep campus safe, individuals should also take steps to ensure their own and others’ safety.

University of Utah Department of Public Safety (Police)
1795 E. South Campus Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
(801) 585-COPS(2677); Emergencies: 9-1-1
dps.utah.edu

Campus Alerts

The University of Utah maintains a campus alert system capable of providing students and employees with information about unforeseen events and emergencies on campus such as snow closures, building closures, significant traffic interruptions, severe power outages, gas leaks, and physical threats. Students and employees may receive alerts via phone, email or text messaging. For more information visit www.campusalert.utah.edu

Campus Crime Reports

The University of Utah Campus Fire Safety and Security Report is available annually and includes tips for staying safe on campus, resources for dealing with safety issues, and statistics of offenses recorded on campus. It can be accessed and downloaded from dps.utah.edu/reports/annual-safety-reports/. You may also request a paper copy from the Department of Public Safety. 

Regulations Library

The University of Utah Regulations Library includes the text of University policies and links to University rules, procedures, guidelines, forms and other information. Individuals can access the Regulations Library at regulations.utah.edu.  

Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct is a broad term used to encompass a range of behaviors including Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment, Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Exploitation, Stalking, Non-consensual Sexual Contact, and Non-consensual Penetration. Sexual misconduct also includes crimes of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking as defined by state and federal law. It is a form of sex discrimination and as such, is addressed through University Policy 1-012, Non-Discrimination Policy.  University policies that prohibit discrimination apply to all members of the University community which includes students, faculty, staff, vendors, patients, visitors and participants in University programs. University policy (and state and federal law) strictly prohibit retaliation against a person who files a discrimination complaint or participates in a discrimination complaint investigation.  Protective measures can be offered to individuals involved in a disclosure of or formal complaint of sexual misconduct before, during, and after an investigation takes place. Students who are found responsible for assaulting or harassing another member of the University of Utah community may be suspended or dismissed. Some acts of Sexual Misconduct may also be violations of criminal law and the University encourages any person who has been criminally assaulted to immediately report the matter to the police.  For purposes of this document, the definitions below are used in determining violations of University nondiscrimination policies. See http://regulations.utah.edu/general/rules/R1-012.php for more information.

Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature or based on an individual’s sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression when: 

  • Submission to such conduct is made explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment, education, living environment or participation in a University activity;
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for or factor in decisions affecting employment, education, living environment, or participation in a University activity; or
  • Such conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s education performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment for that individual’s education, living environment, or participation in a university activity.  

Sexual Exploitation means taking sexual advantage of another person and includes, without limitation: indecent exposure; causing or attempting to cause the incapacitation of another person in order to gain a sexual advantage over him or her; causing the prostitution of another person; recording, photographing, or transmitting images of private sexual activity and/or the intimate parts of another person without consent; allowing third parties to observe private sexual acts without consent; engaging in voyeurism without consent; and knowingly or recklessly exposing another person to a significant risk of sexually transmitted infection, including HIV.

Stalking means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her, his, or others’ safety, or to suffer substantial emotional distress.  Stalking is also the intentional or knowing violation of a stalking injunction.

Domestic violence includes any criminal offense involving violence or physical harm or threat of violence or physical harm, or any attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation to commit a criminal offense involving violence or physical harm, when committed by the victim’s current or former spouse, current or former cohabitant, person similarly situated under domestic or family violence law, or anyone else protected under domestic or family violence law.   Examples of domestic violence include assault, kidnapping, sexual assault, stalking, or violating a protective order.

Dating violence includes any criminal offense involving violence or physical harm or threat of violence or physical harm, or any attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation to commit a criminal offense involving violence or physical harm, when committed by a person against a dating partner of the person. Whether there was such relationship will be gauged by its length, type, and frequency of interaction.

Sexual Assault is actual or attempted sexual contact with another person without that person’s consent. Sexual assault includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Intentional touching of another person’s intimate parts without that person’s consent; or 
  • Other intentional sexual contact with another person without that person’s consent; or 
  • Coercing, forcing, or attempting to coerce or force a person to touch another person’s intimate parts without that person’s consent; or 
  • Rape, which is penetration, no matter how slight, of (1) the vagina or anus of a person by any body part of another person or by an object, or (2) the mouth of a person by a sex organ of another person, without that person’s consent. 

Anyone can be a target of sexual assault, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, status as a person with a disability, social, economic, or community status, or familiarity with perpetrator.  

Consent means affirmative, unambiguous, and voluntary agreement and can be withdrawn at any time. There is no consent when there is force, expressed or implied, or when coercion, intimidation, threats, or duress is used. Whether a person has taken advantage of a position of influence over another person may be a factor in determining consent. Silence or absence of resistance does not imply consent. Past consent to sexual activity with another person does not imply ongoing future consent with that person or consent to that same sexual activity with another person. 

If a person is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired so that such person cannot understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual situation, there is no consent; this includes impairment or incapacitation due to alcohol or drug consumption that meets this standard, or being asleep or unconscious. 

Responding to Sexual Misconduct 

If you have been sexually assaulted, the first priority should be to get to a place of safety and then obtain necessary medical treatment.  Any act of threats, violence or sexual violence, which includes sexual assault or rape should be reported to the University Police Department (801-585-2677) or if off-campus, to the relevant law enforcement jurisdiction.  Contacting the police and receiving medical attention does not obligate you to participate in a criminal prosecution.  

All forms of sexual misconduct should be reported to the Office of Equal Opportunity (801-581-8365).

If you are uncertain about whether you are experiencing sexual harassment, are hesitant to tell the person you are uncomfortable with his/her behavior, or if efforts to stop a problem have not worked, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity (801-581-8365) or the Office of the Dean of Students (801-581-7066).  These are the University offices that may conduct an impartial investigation to determine what occurred and then take appropriate steps to resolve the situation. 

Confidentiality and Support Services

The privacy of all parties involved in a complaint investigation shall be strictly respected insofar as it does not interfere with the University’s legal obligation to investigate allegations of misconduct, to take corrective action, or as otherwise provided by law. See http://regulations.utah.edu/general/rules/R1-012B.php for more information.

  • Communications about Sexual Misconduct with other parties, such as a faculty or staff member or other official, although private, must be reported to the University’s Title IX Coordinator or the OEO/AA.
  • Confidentiality is honored only when speaking with a licensed counselor, such as in the University Counseling Center, Women’s Resource Center, Student Wellness Center, or with the University’s Victim Advocates. 

There are many University and Salt Lake City community resources available for victims and survivors of sexual harassment and/or assault. On campus resources include:

Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy Office
Student Services Building Room 330, 801-581-7779, advocate@sa.utah.edu 

University Counseling Center
Student Services Building Room 426, 801-581-6826    

Community resources for victims of sexual violence that are available in Salt Lake City are:

Rape Recovery Center
2035 South 1300 East, 801-467-7282, www.raperecoverycenter.com 

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
1-800-656-HOPE; www.rainn.org 

Title IX Coordinator

The University of Utah has designated the following individual as its Interim Title IX coordinator, who is trained to address issues of sexual harassment and/or assault.  If you have questions regarding sexual misconduct at the University of Utah, contact:

Sherrie Hayashi
Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Park Building Room 135, 801-581-8365 (V/TDD), oeo.utah.edu

Other Types of Harassment

University policy advocates vigorous and appropriate action to ensure that all students and employees have an environment free of discrimination based on race, national origin, color of skin, status as a person with a disability, age, veteran’s status, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, and genetic information.  The University is fully committed to the principle of equal opportunity and access. If you feel that you have been discriminated against or have questions about University nondiscrimination policies please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at 801-581-8365.

Last Updated: 3/21/17