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U of U Alert Update: Possible threat of violence at Union building has passed

The University of Utah Department of Public Safety has determined the safety concerns impacting the Union Building with an early closure on Friday, Sept. 9 have been resolved. Business operations and events in the building will resume as of 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10.

In an effort to proactively respond to a possible threat of violent activity involving unlawful weapons on campus, Public Safety leaders recommended closing the building and increased University Police patrols across campus Friday night.

With the threat passed, routine campus activities and events will continue. The Rice-Eccles Stadium lot and other campus parking lots open at 6 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 for tailgating. Stadium gates open at 9:30 a.m. before the 11:30 a.m. football kickoff against Southern Utah University.

Prevention and safety tips

This safety warning is being issued as part of the University of Utah’s efforts to provide timely notifications about serious or ongoing threats to the campus community. While it may be distressing to learn about this incident, it is being shared so you can best protect yourself. Responsibility for a crime lies with the person committing it; however, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk of experiencing crime. Please remember:

  • Use the U’s SafeRide program or a courtesy escort (main campus: 801-585-2677; University Hospital: 801-581-2294) to get around campus.
  • If you feel uneasy, leave the area. Go to a safe location and notify University Police at 801-585-2677, or in case of an emergency, dial 911.
  • Take care of one another and consider stopping and being present until help arrives in situations where someone may be experiencing harm. The person causing harm may stop if other people are around.
  • Report any suspicious activities to University Police at 801-585-2677. Be prepared to provide as many details as possible.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and avoid distractions, especially when walking alone. Try to avoid isolated or dark areas. Walk in groups whenever you can—there is safety in numbers.
  • If a person approaches you in a way that makes you uncomfortable, maintain a distance and be observant; if they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number, make, model, color, and any additional identifiers, such as damage to the vehicle and direction of flight, if possible.

Support and resources

Updates will be posted at alert.utah.edu.