Student safety is an ongoing priority effort of USHE institutions and the Utah Board of Higher Education. Alongside federal statutes including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Board adopted a student safety policy in 2015 to ensure consistent reporting and putting resources towards best practices.
The Campus Safety & Equity Advisory Council was formally established by the Utah Board of Higher Education in November 2021 to capture the student voice on issues related to safety and equity at public Utah colleges and universities across the state. CSEAC serves as an organized feedback group of students from diverse backgrounds, identities, and lived experiences to ensure institutional and state-level safety and equity-related policies, procedures, and programs successfully capture the student perspective.
The council advises the Board of Higher Education and engages with policymakers, leaders, organizations, and other student groups across the state.
USHE institutions have implemented extensive policies, programs, and partnerships to make USHE campuses safe. SB 134 (2019) enacted additional reporting requirements and trainings for student groups. The current Campus Safety Plans of USHE institutions are below.
The forum is sponsored by the Utah Board of Higher Education, in partnership with the University of Utah. Student safety is a primary concern for all of us in higher education and we are all-too-aware of how student safety and wellness directly impact the students we serve. This forum meets on an annual basis and will feature experts and practitioners from across our eight USHE institutions on topics including: