Mission

The Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office/Title IX Office is dedicated to promoting Utah Valley University’s core theme of inclusion and diversity into our workforce and educational programs. We are committed to fostering a culture of respect that is welcoming by providing equal opportunities through proactive outreach, training, recruitment, and education. We promptly address concerns of discrimination, harassment, sexual assault, and sexual misconduct that may arise in a fair and confidential manner following our policies and procedures to ensure a safe campus.

Vision

The Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action fosters excellence in learning by embracing a strong, diverse learning community of collaborative relationships that is welcoming, inviting, and safe. We facilitate equity, access, social justice, and inclusion by promoting civility, respect, and the dignity of each individual.

Values

In facilitating the University’s diversity, inclusion, and compliance objectives, the Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action is committed to:

  • Advancing the understanding of diversity as a critical component of academic excellence
  • Institutionalizing diversity in all aspects of university life
  • Seeking success through cross-campus collaboration
  • Fostering inclusion by infusing diversity into the systems, structures, practices, and policies of the University to ensure equity and inclusion for all members of the community
  • Guiding implementation of professional development for a multicultural and bilingual university
  • Facilitating multiculturalism
  • Creating a climate that respects individual differences
  • Ensuring university compliance with state and federal requirements
  • Advocating for equity
  • Achieving integrity in our work
  • Demonstrating accountability through evaluation, assessment, and report
  • Maintaining community support services
  • Facilitating research that advances the University’s diversity and inclusion commitment

Services

The Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EO/AA) is a neutral and impartial resource. It is in the best interest of the individual and the University to resolve concerns before they escalate. Discrimination complaints should be brought as quickly as possible; however, university practice allows discrimination complaints to be filed after a discriminatory act has occurred.

Complainants may opt for informal resolution or an investigation. The EO/AA Office frequently helps to resolve problems without filing a formal complaint form, through informal resolution. For example, a student can be assigned to a different section of a course, or a voluntary shift change can separate employees who are having a conflict with each other. If you would like to try an informal resolution first, you retain the right to file a formal complaint at a later time.

Confidentiality

You may obtain confidential information about your rights without disclosing your name. However, if you want action taken, you may be required to sign a complaint form that the other party (respondent) will see. Due process guarantees that a person cannot be disciplined without the opportunity to respond to the allegations. This includes knowing who is bringing the allegations.

In certain circumstances, Title IX provides the opportunity to remain anonymous regarding sex discrimination, harassment, and misconduct. Individuals requesting anonymity will be given full consideration. However, there are rare circumstances such as when a minor is involved or there is an imminent danger to the student or to others, when requests for anonymity cannot be honored. Be aware that anonymity, if approved, will limit the University’s ability to effectively respond without full information.

Informal Options

Obtain Information Regarding Options

The EO/AA can give you the best explanation of your rights and responsibilities under Policies 162 and 165. Support can include mediation, having someone physically accompany the complainant during the process of filing the discrimination complaint, counseling services, modifications to schedules, etc. You may obtain information about options, which may assist you in determining how you would like to resolve an issue, without disclosing specific facts or details regarding your concern.

Do Nothing

You can choose to do nothing. Please consider the risks, such as whether the situation will continue to escalate or whether others are at risk.

Speak With the Person(s) and Request the Conduct to Stop

If you decide to speak directly with the person, consider the following suggestions:

Conflict Resolution/Mediation

Students and employees are encouraged to responsibly and respectfully resolve their complaints and concerns. However, if you would like assistance resolving a concern, our office partners with Student Conduct and Human Resources to provide coaching and/or mediation to help parties reach win-win resolutions. Looking at a problem from all angles may help reach the best outcome. The goal is to put conflicts to rest before they escalate. All conflict coaching and mediation is confidential.

File a Complaint/Report

File a Complaint with UVU's EO/AA Office

Utah Valley University's policy and civil rights laws prohibit retaliation. Witnesses or others who participate in a complaint are also protected. You cannot be punished for raising a civil rights issue; however, this protection does not include knowingly providing false statements.

All participants (including the complainant and respondent, witnesses, advisors, and members of hearing panels) in any part of the outlined process that follows are expected to respect the confidentiality of the proceedings and circumstances giving rise to the report.

File a Police Report

If criminal activity, including sexual misconduct, is suspected, complainant may choose to file a report with law enforcement. University Police may be reached at (801) 863-5555. If the crime occurred off campus, call the local police authority.

Anonymous reporting/filing a report without your name attached is an option with UVU Police. Regardless of whether a complainant pursues a criminal complaint, the university will investigate the incident in question and take appropriate responsive action to ensure the work and educational environment is free from harassment and to prevent the recurrence of a hostile environment, and, as appropriate, to remedy the effects of the harassment against the complainant.

In an emergency call 911 or (801) 863-5555 if on UVU campus

File a Complaint with an Outside Agency

Most civil rights are protected by state and federal laws with agencies to investigate those rights such as the Office of Civil Rights in Denver, Colorado, the EEOC in Phoenix,  Arizona, and the Utah Industrial Commission's Anti-Discrimination Division in Salt Lake City. The statutes of limitations vary  (most are 180 or 300 days). Typically, civil rights laws require administrative exhaustion before lawsuits may be filed in court. The Office for Affirmative Action Office can provide more information.

Employment Discrimination

State of Utah Phone: (801) 530-6801
Industrial Commission
Anti-Discrimination Division
160 East 300 South
P.O. Box 146630
Salt Lake City, UT  84114-6630 

Office for Civil Rights

U.S Department of Health and Human Services
1961 Stout Street - Room 1426 FOB
Denver, CO  80294-3538
Voice Phone (303) 844-2024
FAX (303) 844-2025
TDD (303) 844-3439 

Program and/or Activities Discrimination Regional Office of Civil Rights, Denver Serving: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, & Wyoming.

Contacts

Discrimination, Harassment, and Title IX

Laura Carlson

Director of the Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Title IX Coordinator

lcarlson@uvu.edu

801.863.7999 | BA 203d | MS: 272

Donna Bott

Administrative Support
Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

donna.bott@uvu.edu 

titleixcoordinator@uvu.edu

801.863.7999 | BA 203 | MS: 272

Robin Maras J.D.

Equal Opportunity/Title IX Investigator
Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

robin.maras@uvu.edu

801.863.5821 | BA 203f| MS: 272

Christopher Forbush J.D.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/TITLE IX INVESTIGATOR
OFFICE FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

christopher.forbush@uvu.edu

801.863.8287 | BA 203e | MS: 272

Mark Peterson

Equal Opportunity/Title IX Investigator
Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

mark.peterson@uvu.edu

801.863.5704 | BA 203c | MS: 272

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/TITLE IX INVESTIGATOR
OFFICE FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

 

801.863.7590 |BA 203c|MS: 272

Jerrica James

STUDENT INTERN 
OFFICE FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

Jerrica.James@uvu.edu

801.863.7999 | BA 203 | MS: 272
 
 

Campus Partner Resources

ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
(801) 863-8747 TTY or VP (801) 221-0908

CAMPUS POLICE
(801) 863-5555

HUMAN RESOURCES
(801) 863-8207

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES
(801) 863-8778

MULTICULTURAL CENTER
(801) 863-8357

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(801) 863-8659

OMBUDS
(801) 863-7237

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(801) 863-6158

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(801) 863-8876
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