Email scam attempts – Be aware

University Police have received recent reports from students who experienced scam attempts through their email addresses. Specifically, emails that appear to come from a faculty member are sent inquiring about interest in working as a personal assistant and asking for ID numbers and contact information. Be cautious of requests like this. Once the scammer has your phone number, they may ask you to deposit checks and purchase gift cards for them. Do not respond to these requests. If you suspect you’ve received a phishing attempt, forward the email as an attachment to UIT at phish@utah.edu and U Police at uupd-tips@utah.edu.

Follow these email best practices from Information Technology to avoid phishing attacks:

  • Do not click on links or attachments from senders you do not recognize
  • Do not provide sensitive personal information (like usernames, and passwords) over email, ever
  • Watch for email senders who use suspicious or misleading domain names
  • Inspect URLs carefully to make sure they are legitimate and not imposter sites
  • Do not try to open any shared document that you are not expecting to receive
  • Be especially cautious when opening attachments

More about phishing practices can be found here.

How to make a report?

To make a police report regarding a scam, call 801-585-2677 and ask to speak with an officer. This request will create a call log, which will show the date, time, and nature of your complaint. After speaking with an officer, you will receive instructions on next steps.

Responding to stalking: Virtual training

On Thursday, May 20, Community Services will be hosting a virtual training offered by the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, & Resource Center (SPARC), a federally funded project that provides education and resources about stalking. All U support professionals, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

RSVP here.

The training will be held in two sessions:

Session #1 Know More, Do More: Recognizing and Responding to Stalking on Campus

12 - 1:30 p.m.

This webinar explores the dynamics of stalking, focusing on the highly contextual nature of the crime by discussing common tactics used by perpetrators, stalking’s co-occurrence with domestic and sexual violence, as well as tools to plan for victim safety and hold offenders accountable.


Session #2 SHARP Risk Assessment Training

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

SHARP is a tool designed specifically to examine and assess stalking. The tool includes a 43-item, web-based assessment which provides a big picture of the stalking situation and a situational risk profile that consists of 12 factors associated with a wide variety of harms, including physical or sexual attack, harm to others, ongoing and escalating stalking and harassment, and life sabotage.


For more information about the provider, click here. For questions about the training, contact Community Services Director Jamie Justice, at jamie.justice@utah.edu

University Safety launches new website

To reflect the reorganization of public safety at the University of Utah and the expanded responsibilities of the Chief Safety Officer position, the department created a new website, safety.utah.edu, which replaces the DPS (Department of Public Safety) website. The previous URL will redirect users to the new website to minimize disruption and prevent broken links.

"It is important for the campus community to have access to safety information and resources that are available through this new website,” said Annalisa Purser, director of administration in the Office of the Chief Safety Officer. “The website features safety tips, news, a feedback form, annual security statistics, relevant policies, safety initiatives and more. We are committed to transparency and accessibility and look forward to refining and adding to the site as the department evolves and based on feedback from the community.”

Visitors can stay up to date on the latest news from University Safety by visiting the Safety News section of the website, which is updated regularly with stories about all aspects of public safety, as well as through the department’s social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Eventually, the site will house updated policies governing law enforcement work, provide data and demographic information about law enforcement interactions with the community, and include more details about officer training and public education opportunities.

Safety Website Highlights:

  • Safety News: The Safety News section is updated regularly with stories about all aspects of University Safety.
  • Safety Tips and FAQs: The Safety Tips and FAQs page provides information about crime prevention, wellness, online safety, emergency preparedness and other resources.
  • Data and Information: This section highlights federal, state and university regulations regarding safety, houses the Annual Security Report and Crime Log, as well as an archive of campus alerts.
  • Safety Committees: Here, visitors can learn more about the newly created Public Safety Advisory Committee, Independent Review Committee, Surveillance System Administrators Committee, and the Racist and Bias Incident Response Team.
  • Strategic plan: The department’s new vision, mission, goals and strategic plan are outlined here.
  • Feedback form: Individuals may submit compliments, complaints, or other feedback through this form, where they are received by the Office of the Chief Safety Officer for documentation, review and investigation.

U Safety Division Websites 

Additionally, new websites are being developed for each public safety operational division, which includes University Police, Emergency Management, Community Services, Emergency Communications, Campus Security, and U Health Security. The University Police and Emergency Management websites are already live and can be found at police.utah.edu and emergency.utah.edu. Sites for the remaining divisions are being developed.

The new University Police website includes information about the services provided, including records requests and property registration, educational presentations, support for special events, and more. Users can meet the leadership team, learn about campus police work, see the latest events, etc.

The Emergency Management website features training videos and resources for active shooter situations on campus, information about how to provide emergency trauma care through the “Stop the Bleed” campaign, as well as information about evacuation, sheltering in place, and securing in place. These are referred to as the “Big 3 Protective Actions” that all campus community members should know about in the event of an emergency situation. Visitors can also request a training through the website.

“Creating these websites where the community can access safety information quickly and easily is a first step in connecting with the campus and rebuilding trust,” Purser said. “We know there is more to do, and we look forward to continuing to work toward our vision of uniting for a safe and empowered campus community.”