Dean of Students statement on reported sexual assault

I have been informed that the initial investigation by the Salt Lake City Police Department into a reported sexual assault at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house at the end of September has been closed with no charges filed.

I want to thank SLCPD for their dedication and support in this case and the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity for their cooperation. The fraternity and its chapter leadership have handled this situation as we would expect—with utmost seriousness and sensitivity to the individuals involved in the case. Based on the information available, I have lifted the suspension on social activities at Pi Kappa Alpha.

Let me reaffirm what I said on Oct. 3 when I announced the suspension of all Pi Kappa Alpha social activities, the University of Utah supports and believes victims when they report cases of sexual violence. It takes great courage to report these crimes, and we encourage victim-survivors to reach out in the wake of these notifications for support from friends, victim advocates, counselors and/or law enforcement.

The university will continue to take reports of sexual violence seriously and work with law enforcement agencies to provide support to victim-survivors and facilitate thorough criminal investigations. Part of that commitment is timely communication about reported incidents and follow up when investigations are complete or closed pending more information.

Pi Kappa Alpha chapter leaders and all Fraternity and Sorority Life leaders remain committed to educating their members and making campus safe for all members of our community. Read about their training programs and their Letter of Commitment on attheu.utah.edu.

—Jason Ramirez

Reported sexual assault

Note: You are receiving this message because federal law requires institutions of higher education to alert the campus community when certain crimes occur on or near certain campus property that presents a serious or ongoing threat. The intent is to provide information so individuals can take appropriate measures to best protect themselves. Notifications are based on when the university receives the report. More information is available here.

Trigger Warning: This alert discusses sensitive information pertaining to sexual misconduct. Information about resources is available here.

This weekend, University of Utah Police were notified of a reported sexual assault that occurred at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house located at 1431 East 100 South on Thursday, September 29, 2022. A student reported going to the fraternity house with friends. The victim remembers feeling sick, nauseous, and as if they had been drugged. They were taken to a local hospital where they reported being sexually assaulted.

In response to this report, the hospital staff and University Police contacted the Salt Lake City Police Department to notify them of the incident. That department is now leading the investigation into the incident. While the fraternity house falls within the university’s federally required geographic reporting area, the location is off-campus and within the Salt Lake City Police Department’s jurisdiction. If you know anything about this incident, please call the Salt Lake City Police at 801-799-3000, to provide information for any future investigation.

If you have been harmed by sexual assault, please reach out to the university’s victim-survivor advocates (VSAs). To make an appointment: call 801-581-7776, or email advocate@sa.utah.edu.

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. Note: timely notifications are based on when the university receives the report. Please remember:

  • If you or someone you know is a victim of interpersonal violence, call the LINK line at 1-800-897-LINK (5465) or visit the Center for Excellence in Women’s Health website.
  • 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.
  • If you’re meeting someone new, let others know when and where you’re meeting and plan to meet in a public setting. Trust your gut if anything feels off.
  • 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.
  • 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

Reported sexual assault

January 26, 2022

Note: You are receiving this message because federal law requires institutions of higher education to alert the campus community when certain crimes occur on or near certain campus property that presents a serious or ongoing threat. The intent is to provide information so individuals can take appropriate measures to best protect themselves. Notifications are based on when the university receives the report. More information is available here.

Trigger Warning: This alert discusses sensitive information pertaining to sexual misconduct. Information about resources is available here.

On Wednesday, January 26, the Office of Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action (OEO) was notified of a reported sexual assault that occurred at the Kappa Sigma Fraternity House at approximately 1 a.m. on September 22, 2021.

A student reported attending a “Wine Wednesday” party at the fraternity house with friends. Wine was provided by the chapter. The victim reported being sexually assaulted while in the dance floor room. The victim ultimately left the house with friends. The individuals were reportedly unknown to each other before the party.

In response to this report, the university contacted the Salt Lake City Police Department to notify them of the incident. While the fraternity house falls within the university’s federally required geographic reporting area, the location is off-campus and within the Salt Lake City Police Department’s jurisdiction. If you know anything about this incident, please call the Salt Lake City Police at 801-799-3000, to provide information for any future investigation.

University leaders also visited the named fraternity house on Wednesday to confirm that no “Wine Wednesday” event occurred tonight.

If you have been harmed by sexual assault, please reach out to the university’s victim-survivor advocates (VSAs). To make an appointment: call 801-581-7776, or email advocate@sa.utah.edu.

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. Note: timely notifications are based on when the university receives the report. Please remember:

  • If you or someone you know is a victim of interpersonal violence, call the LINK line at 1-800-897-LINK (5465) or visit the Center for Excellence in Women’s Health website.
  • 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.
  • If you’re meeting someone new, let others know when and where you’re meeting and plan to meet in a public setting. Trust your gut if anything feels off.
  • 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.
  • 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