Policies and Laws
The University Safety Department and its divisions are committed to serving the campus community, responding to incidents, and providing safety-related education, training, and resources. However, fostering a safe environment extends beyond public safety. University policies, as well as state and federal regulations, outline safety requirements for the entire institution. Some of these are outlined below:
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, colleges and universities that receive federal funding must:
- Collect, classify, and count crime reports and crime statistics
- Issue campus alerts to provide the campus community with information necessary to make informed decisions about their health and safety
- Provide educational programs and campaigns to promote the awareness of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking
- Provide primary prevention and awareness programs to all incoming students and new employees and provide ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns for students and employees
- Have procedures for institutional disciplinary action in cases of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking
- Publish an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report containing safety- and security-related policy statements and crime statistics and distribute it to all current students and employees
- Submit crime statistics to the Department of Education
In addition to the requirements for all institutions, if the institution has any on-campus student housing facilities, the institution must disclose missing student notification procedures that pertain to students residing in those facilities and disclose fire safety information related to those facilities. Specifically, the institution must keep a fire log that is open to public inspection; publish an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report containing policy statements as well as fire statistics associated with each on-campus student housing facility, including the number of fires, cause of fires, injuries, deaths and property damage, and inform prospective students and employees about the availability of the report; and submit fire statistics to the Department of Education each fall.
Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination against all genders in educational institutions. Schools are required to ensure that campuses are free of sex discrimination and have an established procedure for handling complaints. The University of Utah has a Title IX coordinator to handle complaints of sex discrimination, including complaints of sexual assault and harassment. More information regarding the U’s policies about sexual misconduct, interpersonal violence, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, is available here.
The state of Utah Campus Safety Amendments require campus law enforcement to share a report of a crime that occurs outside campus law enforcement's jurisdiction with the local law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction; require
s an institution of higher education to create a report of crime statistics aggregated by type of housing facility; and require inclusion of the report in the institution's annual campus safety report to the Education Interim Committee and the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee.