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U of U ALERT: Reported sexual assault

The police investigation into an alleged sexual assault on campus is ongoing.

[Thursday, March 5, 2020 | 8:55 am] UPDATE ON INVESTIGATION

A university detective specializing in sexual assault and campus police victim advocate are working with the victim to obtain more details in the case and to make support resources available. A suspect in the case has been identified and is known to the victim. However, to protect the integrity of this case and the ongoing investigation, the university is not able to provide any additional details at this time.

University police are committed to the safety of the campus community and recognize the heightened anxiety that can be caused by an open investigation like this one. While public information is limited, security measures designed to protect the campus community are in place. Additional support and resources are available to anyone with concerns, and are listed below.

This will be our last update in the case unless new information becomes available that is appropriate to share publicly or if specific public assistance is needed. Once the investigation has finished, more information (pending victim privacy concerns) may be available.

[Sunday, March 1, 2020 | 4:45 pm] UPDATE ON INVESTIGATION

University police continue to investigate the case and are reviewing all available sources of information. Anyone with information about the assault is encouraged to contact University of Utah Police by calling 801-585-2677 (801-585-COPS). Updates on the case will be posted as they become available.


University of Utah Police are investigating a reported sexual assault early this morning Saturday, Feb. 29 at a campus residence hall. The victim is not a University of Utah student.

The suspect is male and based on information available it is not clear whether he is a university student.No additional details of the reported assailant are available at this time, and the police investigation is ongoing. This message was sent as part of the University of Utah’s commitment to provide timely, accurate and validated information about serious or ongoing threats to the campus community.

If you have any helpful information, please contact University of Utah Police by calling 801-585-2677 (801-585-COPS). In the immediacy of this event: If you wish to use a courtesy escort anywhere on campus, 24-hours-a-day, call 801-585-2677 to arrange service. More information will be shared as it becomes available.The primary focus of police will be to investigate the case, ensure the safety of campus, and support the individual who reported the incident and provide all needed resources. Please understand these types of investigations take time for a variety of reasons.

Housing & Residential Education on-call staff are available to support residents. Staff can be reached through the information desks at the Peterson Heritage Center, Lassonde Studios and Marriott Honors Community.

Counseling and support services are also available from several entities on campus. These include:

University Neuropsychiatric Institute crisis line: 801-587-3000 (available 24/7).
Center for Student Wellness (victim-survivor advocates, bystander intervention training): 801-581-7776
University Counseling Center: 801-581-6826
Women’s Resource Center: 801-581-8030
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action: 801-581-8365
Office of the Dean of Students: 801-581-7066
Department of Public Safety: 801-585-2677

The campus community is also encouraged to visit the website, which has comprehensive information about how to report incidents, where to get support and other resources and safety training available at the U.

This message was sent as part of the University of Utah’s commitment to provide timely warning about serious or ongoing threats to the campus community.