U Safety collected 571 Lbs. of food for the Feed U Pantry

University of Utah Safety hosted a Thanksgiving Drive for the Feed U Pantry, from Oct. 5 to Nov. 5, to support U community members in need. More than 570 pounds of food were collected from donations across the university.

Since 2014, the Feed U Pantry, located in the basement of the A. Ray Olpin Union building has provided food to anyone with a valid Ucard. To support their mission, U Safety placed collection bins, provided by the Utah Food Bank, in the Union Building, in the Public Safety building, and in the Jon M. Huntsman Center (arena), getting an outstanding response from the U community.

By the end of the collection, all the bins on campus were full of donations, including more than 60 cans of protein, more than 180 packages of ramen noodles, 30 oatmeal packages, 32 boxes of mac and cheese, 42 cereal boxes, more than 160 cans of vegetables and beans, 40 packages of pasta, 50 bars of soap, 44 tubes of toothpaste and 38 rolls of toilet paper. Officers from University Police and Campus Security helped to deliver the donations to the Feed U Pantry.

Partners across campus helped share information about the food drive through their social media accounts. University of Utah Athletics was one of the biggest supporters, with a donation of $600 worth of goods from coaches and staff, coordinated by Nona E. Richardson, executive senior associate Athletic director.

Thank you to all those who helped support this important cause!

University Safety launches #ServingWithCompassion

Starting on Nov. 18, University Safety at the University of Utah launches a new social media series to recognize team members who demonstrate remarkable compassion and kindness while serving the U community.

Aligned with new leadership and a new vision for public safety at the U, the #ServingWithCompassion series celebrates actions that embody a culture of service.

“We want to recognize the people who are working hard to serve and protect our campus community,” said Marlon Lynch, chief safety officer of the University of Utah. “These are real stories of those who are committed to safety through helping and empowering others.”

Monthly posts with the hashtag #ServingWithCompassion will showcase anonymous stories of U Police officers, Campus Security and U Health Security officers, social workers, students, and others who exhibit outstanding service.

To read the short stories, follow University Safety on Instagram. If you have a story that should be highlighted in the series, please contact communications and marketing specialist, Ana Belmonte at ana.belmonte@utah.edu.

Attempted robbery on campus – Oct. 22

Attempted robbery on campus – Oct. 22

Wednesday Oct 28, 2020

  • University Police today arrested the suspect from the attempted robbery that took place near Stadium TRAX on Thursday October 22, 2020. The suspect is now being booked into jail.
  • Information about support resources for the campus community are available at https://alert.utah.edu.

Friday Oct 23, 2020

  • Detectives are continuing to investigate in an effort to identify the person of interest and have been in touch with the victim and the UTA Police Department to obtain more details on the case. A university Crisis Support Specialist will be working with the victim to make support resources available.
  • An update will be provided at alert.utah.edu on Thursday, October 29, unless there are significant developments in the case.

Thursday Oct 22, 2020

The following is a safety message for our campus community.

  • On Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 1:54 pm, the University of Utah Police Department was notified of an attempted strong-armed robbery that occurred near Stadium TRAX.
  • The victim, who is a University of Utah student, reported that between 11:00 am and 11:30 am, an individual attempted to take their backpack by force. The person of interest then got back on TRAX and left campus.
  • The University Police Department is actively investigating this case in conjunction with the UTA Police Department. Additional patrols are taking place in an effort to prevent further victimization. If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact University Police at 801-585-2677.

  Description of the person of interest

  • The person of interest is described as a thin-build male of dark complexion, wearing a camouflage jacket, black hoodie under the jacket, jeans, black and gray high-top tennis shoes, with a tattoo by one of his eyes. He is known to have changed clothing. He was last seen wearing a red and black Chicago Bulls jacket.

  Prevention and safety tips

  • This safety warning is being issued as part of the University of Utah’s efforts to provide timely notifications about serious or ongoing threats to the campus community. While it may be distressing to learn about this incident, it is being shared so you can best protect yourself. Responsibility for a crime lies with the person committing it; however, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk of experiencing crime. Please remember to:
    • Use the U’s SafeRide program or a courtesy escort (main campus: 801-585-2677; University Hospital: 801-581-2294) to get around campus.
    • Let a family member or friend know when you’re going somewhere and your estimated time of arrival or return. This allows them to notify police as quickly as possible if there is a problem.
    • Stay aware — If you feel uneasy, leave the area. Go to a safe location and notify University Police at 801-585-2677, or in case of an emergency, dial 911.
    • Take care of one another and consider stopping and being present until help arrives in situations where someone may be experiencing harm. The person causing harm may stop if other people are around.
    • Report any suspicious activities to University Police at 801-585-2677. Be prepared to provide as many details as possible.
    • Be aware of your surroundings and avoid distractions, especially when walking alone. Try to avoid isolated or dark areas. Walk in groups whenever you can — there is safety in numbers.
    • If a person approaches you in a way that makes you uncomfortable, maintain a distance and be observant; if they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number, make, model, color, and any additional identifiers, such as damage to the vehicle and direction of flight, if possible.
    • More tips for preventing theft and retrieving stolen property are available here.

  Support and resources

 

Reported sexual assault – Oct. 17

Reported sexual assault – Oct. 17

Monday November 9, 2020

  • University police remain in contact with officials at the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division who are investigating this case. More information will be shared once it is available.

Monday Oct 26, 2020

  • Because this incident occurred on Fort Douglas Military Reserve property, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division is handling the case. University Police will stay in contact with the Army and will provide an update to the campus community once more information is available.
  • University crisis support specialists continue to work with the victim to make support resources available.

Tuesday Oct 20, 2020

Investigators have determined that the incident occurred on the Fort Douglas Military Reserve. University police department investigators are coordinating with military law enforcement personnel. We anticipate the next update by Monday, October 26 at 3pm unless there are significant developments in the case.


Sunday Oct 18, 2020

  • A university Crisis Support Specialist is working with the victim to make support resources available, and a Detective specializing in interpersonal violence will be working with the victim to obtain more details on the case.
  • The victim and the person of interest in this case met on a dating website and the victim is unaffiliated with the University of Utah.
  • Updates will continue to be provided at alert.utah.edu as they become available.

Saturday Oct 17, 2020

The following is a safety message for our campus community.

On Saturday, 10/17/2020, at 8:10 pm, the University of Utah Police Department was notified of a sexual assault that occurred between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm in the 400 block of S Mario Capecchi Dr. The assault took place in a vehicle described as a dark color, late model car. There was a weapon present in the vehicle but it was not used in the commission of the act.

  Description of the person of interest:

  • The person of interest is described as a male, slim build, with a shaved head in a military uniform.
  • The University Police Department is actively investigating. If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact University Police at 801-585-2677.

Prevention and Safety Tips: This safety warning is being issued as part of the University of Utah’s efforts to provide timely notifications about serious or ongoing threats to the campus community. While it may be distressing to learn about this incident, it is being shared so you can best protect yourself. Responsibility for a crime lies with the person committing it; however, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk of experiencing crime. Please remember to:

  • If you or someone you know is a victim of interpersonal violence, call the LINK line at 1-800-897-LINK (5465)
  • Consent is required for all sexual interactions. Consent cannot be granted if a person is under the influence of alcohol, coerced, or under duress or force. If you are unsure if a person wants to engage in sexual behavior, DO NOT DO IT.
  • Coercion includes “wearing a person down” until they say yes. This is not consent.
  • The vast majority of sexual assault occurs between two people who know each other. Usually victims of sexual assault know, and sometimes trust, the person who hurt them.
  • If you notice one of your friends ignoring another person’s boundaries, remove your friend from the situation and tell them their behavior is not ok.
  • Use the U’s SafeRide program or a courtesy escort (main campus: 801-585-2677; University Hospital: 801-581-2294) to get around campus.
  • Let a family member or friend know when you’re going somewhere and your estimated time of arrival or return. This allows them to notify police as quickly as possible if there is a problem.
  • Stay Aware — If you feel uneasy, leave the area. Go to a safe location and notify University Police at 801-585-2677, or in case of an emergency, dial 911.
  • Take care of one another and consider stopping and being present until help arrives in situations where someone may be experiencing harm. The person causing harm may stop if other people are around.
  • Report any suspicious activities to University Police at 801-585-2677. Be prepared to provide as many details as possible.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and avoid distractions, especially when walking alone. Try to avoid isolated or dark areas. Walk in groups whenever you can — there is safety in numbers.
  • If a person approaches you in a way that makes you uncomfortable, maintain a distance and be observant; if they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number, make, model, color, and any additional identifiers, such as damage to the vehicle and direction of flight, if possible.

Support and Resources

Weeklong curfew for Salt Lake City

Weeklong curfew for Salt Lake City

Following protests this past weekend in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall has ordered second curfew. This curfew will go into effect each night at 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. the next day. It will run from June 1-8Only mandatory employees should be on campus during this time. Clinical employees at University of Utah Health should consult with their supervisors. Information relevant to the campus community will be updated on alert.utah.edu as it becomes available. 

Information from the city is available via the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office. 

  • For campus police or courtesy escorts call 801-585-2677. 
  • Students in Housing and Residential Education with urgent needs should call the Peterson Heritage Center Information Desk at 801-587-2000. 
  • Download the SafeUT app to request help.
  • Counseling and support services are also available from several entities on campus. These include: 
    • University Neuropsychiatric Institute crisis line: 801-587-3000 (available 24/7) 
    • Center for Student Wellness (victim-survivor advocates, bystander intervention training): 801-581-7776 
    • University Counseling Center: 801-581-6826 
    • Women’s Resource Center: 801-581-8030 
    • Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action: 801-581-8365 
    • Office of the Dean of Students: 801-581-7066 The campus community is also encouraged to visit the website safeu.utah.edu, which has comprehensive information about how to report incidents, where to get support and other resources and safety training available at the U. 

Salt Lake City curfew through Monday morning

Salt Lake City curfew through Monday morning

[Saturday, May 30, 2020 | 8 p.m.]

Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall haordered a curfew for all city residents from tonight at 8 p.m. until Monday morning at 6 a.m. Only mandatory employees should be on campus during this time. Clinical employees at University of Utah Health should consult with their supervisors.

Information relevant to the campus community will be updated here as it becomes available. Information from the city is available via:

Students in Housing and Residential Education with urgent needs should call the Peterson Heritage Center Information Desk at 801-587-2000 

Counseling and support services are also available from several entities on campus. These include: 

  • University Neuropsychiatric Institute crisis line: 801-587-3000 (available 24/7) 
  • Center for Student Wellness (victim-survivor advocates, bystander intervention training): 801-581-7776 
  • University Counseling Center: 801-581-6826 
  • Women’s Resource Center: 801-581-8030 
  • Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action: 801-581-8365 
  • Office of the Dean of Students: 801-581-7066 

The campus community is also encouraged to visit the website safeu.utah.edu, which has comprehensive information about how to report incidents, where to get support and other resources and safety training available at the U. 

Earthquake updates

Earthquake updates

Updated: March 19, 2020, 12:42 p.m.

All campus buildings cleared for occupancy

All campus buildings have been cleared for occupancy. Note: Many buildings may be closed related to COVID-19 because of staffing and cleaning, but not because of damage related to the earthquake.


Updated: March 19, 2020, 11:20 a.m.

  • The Browning building is closed to occupancy until further notice as they evaluate structural damage.
  • The campus store has reopened now that the water issue has been resolved.
  • The health care facilities that had closed due to potential natural gas leaks have been reopened.
  • Buildings may still be closed related to COVID-19 because of staffing and cleaning, but not because of damage related to the earthquake.

Updated: March 18, 2020, 4:57 p.m.


Updated: March 18, 2020, 2:22 p.m.

  • Teams have completed assessments of all campus buildings. No injuries have been reported and all campus utilities (power, water and gas) are functioning normally.
  • While some buildings on campus have external cosmetic damage the only campus building closed to occupancy until further notice is the Browning Building (WBB, building 11). The campus store is closed temporarily due to a water issue.
  • Additional information about University of Utah Health building closures and patient care is available at here.
  • Student and family housing units have been cleared for occupancy.
  • All online classes will resume tomorrow.
  • Further updates, if necessary, will be posted on alert.utah.edu.

Updated: March 18, 2020, 11:21 a.m.

  • There is no currently accepted scientific method for predicting the precise time, location and magnitude of future earthquakes
  • Based on past earthquake sequences around the world there is a small, about 1 in 20 chance of an earthquake larger than a magnitude 5.7 in the Salt Lake Valley area during the next week.
  • Although it is possible a larger earthquake in this area could be in the magnitude range of 7.0 to 7.5, the U.S. Geological Survey estimates that the chance of an earthquake of this size about one in 300. Earthquakes of magnitude larger than 7.5 are unlikely to occur in Utah. A magnitude 9.0 earthquake is not possible in Utah.
  • Full USSS media briefing available here.

Updated: March 18, 2020, 9:45 a.m.

All University of Utah classes (including online instruction) are canceled today in light of disruptions arising from today’s earthquake.

Trained emergency teams are conducting rapid damage assessments of all university buildings. Updates on the status of buildings will be posted at alert.utah.edu.

Employees who do not have a reason to be on campus (excluding public safety, facilities and University of Utah Health) are encouraged to not come to campus. Crews are working on a gas leak at the Madsen Health Center and evaluating structural damage at the Sugarhouse Health Center. Those buildings are currently closed.

Reported sexual assault – Feb 29

Reported sexual assault – Feb. 29

[Thursday, March 5, 2020 | 8:55 am] UPDATE ON INVESTIGATION

A university detective specializing in sexual assault and campus police victim advocate are working with the victim to obtain more details in the case and to make support resources available. A suspect in the case has been identified and is known to the victim. However, to protect the integrity of this case and the ongoing investigation, the university is not able to provide any additional details at this time.

University police are committed to the safety of the campus community and recognize the heightened anxiety that can be caused by an open investigation like this one. While public information is limited, security measures designed to protect the campus community are in place. Additional support and resources are available to anyone with concerns, and are listed below.

This will be our last update in the case unless new information becomes available that is appropriate to share publicly or if specific public assistance is needed. Once the investigation has finished, more information (pending victim privacy concerns) may be available.


[Sunday, March 1, 2020 | 4:45 pm] UPDATE ON INVESTIGATION

University police continue to investigate the case and are reviewing all available sources of information. Anyone with information about the assault is encouraged to contact University of Utah Police by calling 801-585-2677 (801-585-COPS). Updates on the case will be posted as they become available.


[Saturday, February 29, 2020 | 11:55 am] POLICE INVESTIGATING REPORTED SEXUAL ASSAULT ON CAMPUS

University of Utah Police are investigating a reported sexual assault early this morning Saturday, Feb. 29 at a campus residence hall. The victim is not a University of Utah student.

The suspect is male and based on information available it is not clear whether he is a university student.No additional details of the reported assailant are available at this time, and the police investigation is ongoing. This message was sent as part of the University of Utah’s commitment to provide timely, accurate and validated information about serious or ongoing threats to the campus community.

If you have any helpful information, please contact University of Utah Police by calling 801-585-2677 (801-585-COPS). In the immediacy of this event: If you wish to use a courtesy escort anywhere on campus, 24-hours-a-day, call 801-585-2677 to arrange service. More information will be shared as it becomes available.The primary focus of police will be to investigate the case, ensure the safety of campus, and support the individual who reported the incident and provide all needed resources. Please understand these types of investigations take time for a variety of reasons.

Housing & Residential Education on-call staff are available to support residents. Staff can be reached through the information desks at the Peterson Heritage Center, Lassonde Studios and Marriott Honors Community.

Counseling and support services are also available from several entities on campus. These include:

University Neuropsychiatric Institute crisis line: 801-587-3000 (available 24/7).
Center for Student Wellness (victim-survivor advocates, bystander intervention training): 801-581-7776
University Counseling Center: 801-581-6826
Women’s Resource Center: 801-581-8030
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action: 801-581-8365
Office of the Dean of Students: 801-581-7066
Department of Public Safety: 801-585-2677

The campus community is also encouraged to visit the website safeu.utah.edu, which has comprehensive information about how to report incidents, where to get support and other resources and safety training available at the U.

This message was sent as part of the University of Utah’s commitment to provide timely warning about serious or ongoing threats to the campus community.

Weather update

Weather Update

[MON FEB 03, 2020 10:21A.M.] ALL CLASSES CANCELLED FOR 2/3/2020

All Monday afternoon and evening classes are cancelled due to hazardous driving conditions and to give crews time to safely clear roadways and sidewalks. All university operated daycares on campus are closed today. The university’s health care system and hospitals will remain open, as will essential university functions.

Staff should check with their immediate supervisors for more information about their individual units and departments.

Groups who have scheduled events or meetings on campus this evening are encouraged to reschedule.

The University of Utah expects to resume normal operations and class schedules tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 4. Staff and students returning to campus tomorrow are encouraged to plan extra time for their commute and to be prepared for wet and possibly slippery walkways.

Continue to watch alert.utah.edu for updates

[MON FEB 03, 2020 9:19A.M.] CHILD CARE CENTERS CLOSED 2/3/2020

All university operated daycares on campus are closed today. This includes UKids- Presidents Circle, UKids – East Village, UKids- Guardsman Way, BioKids, and CFDC. For more information please visit https://childcare.utah.edu/care-options/programs.php.

[SUN FEB 02, 2020 5:20P.M.] MORNING CLASSES CANCELLED FOR 2/3/2020

Monday (Feb. 3, 2020) classes before 12:30 p.m. are cancelled due to expected weather conditions. An update on afternoon and evening classes will be made by 11 a.m. While campus remains open, staff should check with their immediate supervisors for more information about their individual units and departments. The U’s health care system and hospitals will remain open, as will essential university functions. The National Weather Service currently has a winter storm warning in place that covers the U campus. The university is watching the situation closely and will make updates as information becomes available.Continue to check alert.utah.edu.

What you need to know about safety warnings

Safety warnings are required to be sent when certain crimes present a serious or continuing threat to the campus community.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, commonly referred to as the Clery Act, was signed into federal law in 1990, to "keep students, parents, and employees well informed about campus security." To comply with the act, institutions of higher education must release an annual safety report, provide a daily crime log, and send timely warnings to the campus community in certain circumstances. These are called Safety Warnings at the University of Utah.

Many questions can arise when these alerts are sent to our community. This FAQ provides more information about Safety Warnings.

Q: What is a Safety Warning?

A: Safety Warnings fulfill the Clery Act requirement to send timely warnings when there is a serious or ongoing threat to the campus community. These are required to be sent about certain types of crimes, occurring within certain geography specified by the Act, that poses a serious or ongoing threat to the campus community. The Clery geography covers campus, public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus, and noncampus buildings or property the university owns or controls and is used by students for educational purposes.

Q: What kinds of incidents require Safety Warnings?

A: Any Clery crime occurring within Clery geography that poses a serious or ongoing threat to the campus community requires a Safety Warning. Clery crimes include murder, non-negligent manslaughter, and manslaughter by negligence, aggravated assault, arson, burglary, robbery, motor vehicle theft, rape, fondling, incest, statutory rape, liquor law violations, weapons possession, drug abuse violations, hate crimes, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

Q: Why are these Safety Warnings important?

A: Because Safety Warnings are sent when there is an ongoing threat to the community, they are designed to provide individuals with information so they can make the best safety decisions for themselves. The protective actions listed at the end of the alert have been thoughtfully developed with insight from experts across campus to provide useful tips to those who receive them. These alerts promote transparency and accountability while creating a safer environment for all.

Q: Are these warnings a requirement for all universities?

A: Yes. The Clery Act requires institutions to issue an alert when a Clery crime occurring within Clery geography poses a serious or ongoing threat to the campus community. The Department of Education emphasizes the importance of making determinations for issuing these warnings on a case-by-case basis using policies pre-established by the institution that align with Clery requirements.

Q: Who decides when to send a Safety Warning?

A: The University of Utah has a Clery compliance officer who works closely with University Police and the Office of General Counsel to determine whether a particular incident requires a safety warning. The U also has a Clery Compliance committee, which is comprised of individuals whose job responsibilities intersect with safety. This group meets regularly to review reportable offenses, identify and develop training for individuals with reporting responsibilities, create and disseminate the Annual Security & Fire Report, among other things.

Q: How long does it take for a Safety Warning to be distributed after an event is reported?

A: Although the Clery Act does not define a specific timing requirement, the intent of a warning regarding a criminal incident is to enable people to protect themselves. This means that a warning should be issued as soon as pertinent information is available.

At the University of Utah, our goal is to have a Safety Warning sent within hours of an incident being reported. The time can vary for a variety of reasons. For example, sometimes crimes aren’t reported to police until hours, days or even weeks after they occurred. Depending on the timeframe, it may be determined that there is no longer a threat to the campus community and no warning will be disseminated. If a crime is reported to U Police quickly, it takes some time to intake the report and identify the threat level. Nonetheless, the U remains committed to sending alerts as quickly as possible so individuals can make the best safety decisions for themselves.

Q: Who receives Safety Warnings, and how?

A: The University of Utah uses a multimodal dissemination method. In certain situations, alerts may be sent to those most likely to be affected. Safety Warnings may be sent via text message if the cell phone number is on file and via email to University of Utah email addresses. They are also posted to the Campus Alert website, and the U’s official social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter).

Q: Why do I receive several Safety Warnings about the same case?

The amount of information presented in the original Safety Warning will vary depending on the circumstances and status of the investigation. In most cases, subsequent alerts are provided to inform the community about important updates in the case, new details, and the outcome of a case. Sometimes updates are shared to let the community know the investigation is continuing.

Q: Are there different kinds of alerts?

Yes, there are two alert types required by the Clery Act: timely warnings and emergency notifications. The U uses three levels of alerts that are color-coded according to the level of importance. Red Emergency Alerts are reserved for critical emergencies requiring immediate action—including natural disasters and other situations posing a direct and immediate threat to personal safety. Orange Safety Warning Alerts issued as a result of a Clery Act crime that has occurred on campus property, non-campus property or public. Yellow General Safety Information notices are sent to notify the campus community about non-urgent safety matters, such as emergency roadwork, business continuity interruptions or inclement weather.

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Q: What is the U doing to mitigate the negative impacts Safety Warnings can have on students and the U community?

The University of Utah recognizes that Safety Warning messages can have profound impacts on those who receive them and can be triggering for those who have experienced violence. Therefore, they are thoughtfully prepared to both comply with federal regulations and also mitigate negative impacts by avoiding detail about the victim(s). Language used in the alerts, as well as the prevention and safety tips, were developed with insight and feedback from the campus community, including staff and faculty who have expertise in different aspects related to interpersonal violence, discrimination, mental health, etc. These will be reviewed regularly to ensure the U is using the most up-to-date language and best practices related to Safety Warnings.

 

*More information available here.