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Statement from University of Utah re: Sept. 10, 2022 Football Game

Editors note: This post was updated 9/14/2022

 

The University of Utah has received multiple media inquiries about dress code policy for its athletics events. The university follows state law at all athletic events. Anyone in violation of state law (Utah Code76-9-702.5) will not be allowed entrance or will be ejected from the stadium.

All visitors to the stadium are asked to follow the fan guidelines which are available online and emphasize behavior that fosters a family-friendly atmosphere.

University Police are investigating an incident involving Saturday’s (Sept. 10, 2022) football game against Southern Utah University. After two women attended the game topless and wearing body paint on their torsos, a female officer asked them to put on their shirts. They complied with the request.

Detectives will follow up this week to screen for any potential criminal charges. Students also will be referred to the Dean of Students for other potential discipline.

Last week, the University of Utah reminded all fans of our standards and expectations for appropriate fan behavior at University Athletics.

Also, President Taylor Randall and Athletics Director Mark Harlan issued a statement. Read the full letter here.

"We want to be very clear that profanity, public intoxication, rude and disrespectful behavior, racial and derogatory comments or verbal attacks directed at individuals or groups will not be tolerated," stated President Taylor Randall and Athletics Director Mark Harlan stated in a letter to all football ticket holders.

"Anyone who engages in unsafe or inappropriate conduct will be removed from the premises, may lose all privileges and access for future university events and could be reported to law enforcement," the letter continues. "We encourage all of you to help us identify and call-out inappropriate behavior so that our event staff can ensure a safe and great experience for our student-athletes, coaches, staff and spectators. If you see something, say something!"