The University is committed to maintaining an educational, working, and environment free from discrimination and harassment, including maintaining an 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 and sexual violence.

Students and employees at Utah Valley University have the right to work and learn in an academic environment that is free from all forms of sexual harassment or violence and misconduct. At UVU, we aim to reduce the occurrence of sexual assault on campus by creating a community intolerant of 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 an academic environment that is free of sexual violence and harassment while complying with the provisions outlined in the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

Sexual assault and sexual harassment include the following:

  • Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, or physical contact of a sexual nature, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery and sexual coercion;
  • A violation of a person’s physical & emotional well-being;
  • A crime prosecutable under Utah law;
  • An act of power and control;
  • 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. Alcohol is the most common predatory (date rape) drug, in approximately 90% of cases either the victim or the perpetrator is intoxicated. Also in most cases, the perpetrator is acquainted with the victim.

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

Problems, questions, and grievances may be discussed with anyone in a supervisory position. Individuals with questions or concerns about Title IX, and/or those who wish to file a complaint of non-compliance, may contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator.

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 a Title IX coordinator. It is not your fault. Contact the Title IX Coordinator 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. Please contact:

Laura Carlson
Director, Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
Title IX Coordinator
800 W University Avenue
BA 203b
Orem UT 84058
TEL: 801-863-5704
FAX: 801-863-5587