The University of Utah has an unwavering commitment to being an inclusive, respectful and safe community for all who work, study and visit our campus. There is no place for violence, sexual harassment, sexual assault or discriminatory behavior on our campus.
As a community, we seek to provide a supportive and safe environment where people of all backgrounds and perspectives are welcomed and valued. We may differ on many matters in the public sphere, but we still recognize our common humanity.
All of us at the University of Utah have the opportunity to come together in a spirit of respect that advances our core values as an institution of higher learning and helps foster a model campus.
The SafeU website is one part of a broader institutional effort to reach that goal. It provides easily accessible and comprehensive information on a range of topics, from how to report a sexual assault to where to learn about bystander intervention training.
The website was a primary priority of the Presidential Task Force on Campus Safety, formed by U President David W. Pershing to promote the safety of our campus and our community. The task force met between January and March 2017 to review and make recommendations related to four areas: prevention; physical safety; support personnel; and training.
The task force was co-chaired by Barb Snyder, vice president for student affairs, and Michele Ballantyne, associate general counsel, and it included students, faculty and staff. The task force submitted its recommendations in May 2017, and President Pershing approved all of the proposals, which included the following:
- Create a centralized, comprehensive campus safety website.
- Conduct a one-year awareness campaign to promote the new website and share educational prevention messages.
- Implement online mandatory training (Haven and Haven Plus) for students and newly hired staff and faculty beginning in fall 2018.
- Hire a new case manager and conduct staff member in the Office of the Dean of Students.
- Hire an additional victim advocate in the Center for Student Wellness.
- Increase the staff counselor in the Women’s Resource Center to full time.
- Increase lighting throughout campus.
These initiatives represent initial steps in an ongoing effort to make the University of Utah a safe, inclusive campus for all.
We welcome your comments and suggestions for what we can do in our ongoing efforts to improve campus safety. We also welcome suggestions for additions and improvements to this website.
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