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University of Utah Statement re: Reported Sexual Assault

A campus safety notification was emailed to all students, faculty and staff today regarding a reported sexual assault at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house on Sept. 29.

The University of Utah supports and believes victims when they report cases of sexual violence. It takes great courage to report these crimes, and we encourage survivors to reach out in the wake of these notifications for support from friends, victim advocates, counselors and/or law enforcement.

The Salt Lake City Police Department is investigating the incident. If you know anything about the case, please call Salt Lake City Police at 801-799-3000 to provide information.

Student Affairs, the University Public Safety Department, and the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) are working with the victim-survivor in this case. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Office of the Dean of Students are currently in communication with the men of Pi Kappa Alpha and their national organization. The leaders of the fraternity chapter are complying and working with the university to respond to the incident.

“The university’s focus remains creating a safe environment for all students and holding those accountable who infringe and violate the safety of others,” said Jason Ramirez, Dean of Students. “In the interest of safety, all social events will be suspended for Pi Kappa Alpha until further notice.”

While the investigation proceeds, we urge everyone to treat all members of the campus community with respect and kindness—including the 130 members of the fraternity chapter in this case and the 1,800 members of Fraternity and Sorority Life organizations. Any retaliatory harassment, vandalism or violence against the members of Pi Kappa Alpha or the Greek Community will not be tolerated.