Utah Valley University (UVU) is committed to maintaining an educational and work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. Our commitment includes maintaining a campus environment in which no student, faculty, or staff member is excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of its programs and activities as a result of one’s gender. The University has an obligation to take immediate and effective steps to eliminate gender discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence.

UVU’s sexual harassment policy (UVU Policy #162) applies to students, staff, faculty, and other academic personnel. UVU’s sexual harassment and sexual misconduct policies help to facilitate the educational environment that is free of sexual violence and harassment while complying with the provisions outlined in the Federal Title IX Act of the 1972 Education Amendments. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

Sexual harassment is prohibited conduct on the basis of sex (including sex, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression). Under Title IX, the following types of conduct constitute sexual harassment and are prohibited.

  • Any instance in which student or employee of the University conditions the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of UVU on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct;
  • Any unwelcome conduct that a reasonable person would determine to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to a UVU education program or activity.

Sexual assault is not an expression of love, passion, or sexual desire. Sexual assault can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, size, appearance, or sexual orientation. Nationwide, alcohol is reported as the most common predatory (date rape) drug, in approximately 90% of cases either the victim or the perpetrator was intoxicated.  In most cases, the perpetrator is acquainted with the victim.

Who to talk to about Sexual Harassment/Assault/Violence concerns

Individuals with questions or concerns about Title IX, and/or those who wish to file a complaint of non-compliance, may contact the Equal Opportunity Office located in BA 203 or by email at TitleIX@uvu.edu

Any student, faculty or staff member, or applicant for admission or education who has concerns about sex discrimination or sexual misconduct is encouraged to seek the assistance of the Title IX office or coordinator.

Contact our office if you:

  • Have encountered sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or sexual assault;
  • Wish to understand your options if you think you may have encountered (either yourself or witnessed) sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or sexual violence or assault;
  • Learn of a situation that you believe may warrant investigation;
  • Seek guidance on possible informal remedies or administrative measures to de-escalate or alleviate a difficult situation;
  • Need help on how to handle a situation by which you are indirectly affected;
  • Have questions about Utah Valley University’s policies and procedures.

The Director for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action serves as the University’s Title IX officer, whose primary task is to ensure compliance with federal Title IX regulations regarding gender discrimination and complaint resolution. For questions or to report a concern, please contact:

Laura Carlson
Director - Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, & 
Title IX Coordinator
800 W University Parkway
BA 203
Orem UT 84058
TEL: 801-863-7999
FAX: 801-863-5587
Email: TitleIX@uvu.edu