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Safety Resources

At Universal Technical Institute, your well-being and safety are our priority. Below you will find information on campus and community resources covering a range of topics. It’s important to familiarize yourself with services and organizations that can provide assistance in times of need and help keep you and the campus community safe and healthy. For additional campus-specific information, please click on your campus at the bottom of this page. Please do not hesitate to contact a campus representative with any questions or concerns.

Sexual Misconduct and Harassment

Universal Technical Institute is committed to fostering an environment free from sexual or gender-based harassment or misconduct. UTI does not tolerate sexual misconduct, which includes sex discrimination and sexual harassment, or retaliation in its programs and activities. UTI’s policies specifically prohibit dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. UTI is dedicated to assisting those who may have been impacted by one of these incidents by providing support and resource and service information.

Bystander Intervention

Bystander intervention includes safe and positive options that may be carried out by an individual or individuals to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, or other forms of sexual misconduct. Bystander intervention includes recognizing situations of potential harm, understanding institutional structures and cultural conditions that facilitate violence, overcoming barriers to intervening, identifying safe and effective intervention options, and taking action to intervene.

UTI encourages campus community members to learn how to intervene in ways that are appropriate to the situation and fit each individual’s comfort level. Possessing knowledge and understanding risk factors and warning signs help provide confidence when encountering a situation that isn’t right. The Not Anymore program reinforces the ACT approach as it relates to bystander intervention.

  • A: Assess the Situation
  • C: Choose the Best Action
  • T: Take the Action You Can

Calling attention to the situation, calling someone for help, asking friends or co-workers to join the group, starting a conversation, or texting someone to see if they need help are ways to intervene as a bystander. Doing something is what matters.

Risk Reduction

Risk reduction includes options designed to decrease perpetration and bystander inaction, and to increase empowerment for victims in order to promote safety and to help individuals and communities address conditions that facilitate violence.

The following are warning signs that you may be in an abusive relationship. If you are experiencing any of the following, you can contact UTI for help in locating appropriate resources.

  • Being afraid of your partner
  • Watching what you say
  • Feelings of low self-worth and helplessness
  • Feelings of isolation from family and friends
  • Hiding bruises or other injuries
  • Being prevented from working, studying, leaving and/or using technology
  • Being monitored
  • Being forced to do things you don’t want to do

Victims of abuse or those close to victims are encouraged to say something or intervene. UTI can assist in finding help off campus and can direct students to options on campus.

Tips On Risk Reduction

Below are some tips to help reduce risk and recognize warning signs of abusive behavior, including dating and domestic violence.

  • Know where you are going, and speak out if you are uncomfortable with the plans.
  • Communicate with your partner. No means no.
  • Know that drinking and drug use can impair judgment. Be aware of sudden changes in the way your body feels.
  • If you drink, drink responsibly.
  • Only drink something that you poured yourself or that comes in a pre-sealed container. Don’t drink something that has been left unattended.
  • Don’t accept drinks from people you don’t know or trust.
  • Use the buddy system, and look out for one another.
  • Listen to your gut, and trust your instinct.
  • If you feel you are being pressured or coerced into sexual activity, you have a right to state your feelings and/or leave the situation.
  • Only attend large parties with friends you trust.
  • Keep an eye on your friends.

Dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking may occur anywhere, even in situations where you think you'll feel comfortable and be safe. Know the risks, and take precautions to protect yourself and loved ones.

Tips on Reducing the Risk of Committing Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault
Sexual assault is a serious crime that damages the lives of others. Use these tips to reduce sexual assault risk.

  • Listen carefully. Take time to hear what the other person has to say.
  • If someone says no, assume it means no. Don’t assume it really means yes.
  • Don’t make assumptions about a person’s behavior. Obtain clear consent for each sexual activity.
  • Be aware that having sex with someone who is mentally or physically incapable of giving consent is rape.
  • Be aware in group situations. Resist pressure from friends to participate in violent acts.
  • Get involved if you believe that someone is at risk.

Know the risks and warning signs of dating violence, domestic violence, and sexual assault. Strive to protect others when you can.

Not Anymore Program

The Not Anymore program is an online series of interactive programs featuring student testimonials that are designed to prevent sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking.

All students are introduced to the Not Anymore online education program regarding the prevention of interpersonal violence, campus policies and where to find relevant resources. This program is composed of a pre-test, video modules, and a post test. While watching the various video modules, information about UTI’s policies, procedures and resources will be shown and remain available to you. While we may never fully eliminate such violence, we are committed to making our campus a safe place.

The Not Anymore program can be accessed here. Please use 16884 as the access code.

Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Act, or the Clery Act for short, is a consumer protection law making campus crime policy and statistics transparent across college and university campuses. Pursuant to the Clery Act, UTI publishes an Annual Security Report to provide students and employees with an overview of UTI’s resources, information on how to report crimes, campus crime statistics, policies and procedures regarding safety and security, and the prevention of/response to dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Emergency Preparedness

UTI prioritizes the safety of the campus community in all cases of emergencies. Use these resources to stay safe:

Emergency Response Plan: Violent Intruder

  • Alert: The initial alert of an intruder or threat may be an announcement over the campus PA system, or it could be the sound of a gunshot. Announcements will use clear, plain language. Code words will not be used.
  • Lockdown: If Evacuation is not a safe option, barricade entry points to create a stronghold. Prepare to Evacuate or Counter if necessary.
  • Inform: Communicate real time information on intruder location. Use clear and direct language using any communication means possible.
  • Counter: As a last resort, distract intruder's ability to aim accurately. Move toward exits while making noise, throwing objects, or using a swarm technique.
  • Evacuate: Run from danger when safe to do so using non-traditional exits if required. Go to predetermined rally point. Do not exit the property in a vehicle.



Emergency Response Plan: Fire

  • Pull the fire alarm (if possible)
  • Call 9-1-1
  • Evacuate the build (do not use elevators)
  • Use a fire extinguisher, if possible
  • Stay low to the ground if you encounter smoke
  • If possible, assist those in need
  • Wait for an official notice before re-entering the building



Emergency Response Plan: Weather

  • Follow prompts given on the Campus Weather and information Hotline available at (888) 827-0028.
  • Seek shelter and find a safe place inside.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.
  • Remain inside under shelter until it's safe.
  • Do not seek refuge inside a car.

Health and Wellness

Being healthy benefits learning. Wellness includes both physical and mental health. Protect your well-being with these optimal health and wellness resources.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Get free, confidential, 24/7 help from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration hotline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or Get recovery resources for you or a loved one.

UTI is committed to a drug-free and alcohol-free campus environment. Read UTI's Drug Abuse and Alcohol Prevention policy.

Suicide Prevention

You're never alone. Talk to someone who cares now by calling (800) 273-8255 or click here.

Postraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Anyone who has experienced long-term stress from a traumatic event, including military veterans, may have postraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Learn more here.

Sexual Health

Protect your body and your partner's. Have a healthy sex life. Learn what sexual health is here. Get resources on protection from sexually transmitted diseases, resources on sexual violence and more here.

Influenza (Flu)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone over the age of 6 months old to get a flu vaccine every flu season. Learn about the flu vaccine here.

Measles

Here are a few things you can do when it comes to measles awareness:

  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing or touching hard surfaces. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective. The measles virus can live up to two hours in the air or on surfaces.
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; the virus and other germs are spread this way.
  • Talk with your health care provider about whether you have been vaccinated with the MMR vaccine. If you have your immunization records from your childhood, you can check to see what vaccinations you were given. If you cannot find your immunization records, and you are unsure whether you are immune, consult with your doctor about your options.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the measles. Measles symptoms generally appear about seven to 14 days after a person is infected. Symptoms of measles typically begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. Two or three days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots (Koplik spots) may appear inside the mouth. Three to five days after symptoms begin, a skin rash breaks out.
  • Stay home if you have the symptoms of measles, and seek care and testing from your physician if you believe you have been infected with the measles virus. Follow proper absence notification procedures and return to work after you have been cleared by your physician that you are no longer contagious.
For more information download this pdf.

 

Personal Hygiene

Proper hygiene can lessen your chance of getting sick. Be sure to:

  • Schedule annual wellness visits with a general practitioner.
  • Shower or bathe daily with soap.
  • Wash hands after using the bathroom and after coming into contact with foreign objects.
  • Brush teeth at least once daily.
  • Wash clothes regularly.
  • Use clean bedding.
  • Regularly clean household items, including kitchen and bathroom appliances.

Learn more hygiene tips from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Local Campus Safety Information

Looking for resources near a specific campus? Please click on one of the links below.