The University of Utah’s 2020 Annual Security & Fire Safety Reports are now available with data from 2019. The reports, one for Utah and one for the Utah Asia Campus, include statistics about criminal offenses, hate crimes, arrests and referrals for disciplinary action, and Violence Against Women Act offenses. It also provides information about safety and security-related services offered by the University of Utah.
Of note, burglaries decreased by 47% between 2018 and 2019. This is likely due to the fact that there was a serial burglar in 2018 who committed repeated offenses on campus and in Salt Lake. Additionally, domestic violence and fondling cases decreased, while dating violence, rape and stalking increased.
The University of Utah and the community have resources available to support victims of sexual assault, and in mid-2019 University Police created and filled a new victim-advocate position. Since then, the victim advocate has become director of the new Community Services division, which currently employs three social workers who work in tandem with police and campus partners to support victims of all crimes and are available 24/7. The division is also working to develop and implement a joint response and independent services for victims and mental health crisis.
This report is created annually in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, commonly referred to as the Clery Act. The act seeks to standardize campus crime reporting so students, staff, faculty and visitors can learn about institutions’ crime histories. The report also fulfills the State of Utah requirement for a Campus Safety Plan.
The U report covers the main campus in Salt Lake City; the Sandy Center; the Graduate Center in St. George; the Bonderman Field Station at Rio Mesa in Grand County, Utah; the Range Creek Field Station in Emery County, Utah; and the Taft-Nicholson Environmental Humanities Center in Montana. The U Asia Campus report covers the campus in Incheon, South Korea.
Initiated through the Presidential Task Force on Campus Safety, SafeU continues to serve as a centralized and comprehensive campus safety website. Students and community members can find important information on a range of topics, from how to report a crime to various safety-related and prevention trainings. Visit safeu.utah.edu for more information.
Campus Security and U Health Security offer courtesy escort services 24/7. To request a courtesy escort call 801-585-2677 for main campus and 801-581-2294 for the University Hospital.
The SafeRide program also provides on-demand transportation services at night through Commuter Services.
Crime prevention and safety tips
Responsibility for a crime lies with the person committing it; however, there are some things individuals can do to reduce the risk of experiencing crime. Prevention and safety tips can be found online.