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Please Be Safe

Snow College Public Safety welcomes everyone back for the new school year. As we start the new school year we hope everyone will think safety first. There are six areas of safety we want you to keep in your thought process.

1. Pedestrians, cross the street safely! Use crosswalks. Look both directions before crossing. Keep your head up. Don’t have earphones covering your ears. Be aware of approaching cars.

2. Drivers, drive the speed limit (25 mph). Always be looking in front of you. Watch for people crossing the road anywhere. Don’t be distracted while driving. Be aware of the sun and glare it causes.

3. Take responsibility for your personal property. Lock it up. Don’t leave it unattended.

4. If you, “See Something, Say Something”. If you see a person whose behavior is unusual, say something. If you see a person that looks like they don’t belong where they’re at, say something. If see that someone is in harm’s way say something. If you see an unusual package or bag, say something. Report suspicious behavior to police at 435-283-2345.

5. Always be aware of your surroundings. Know where you are and what is happening around you. Walk with a friend after dark. Let a friend know if you are going someplace or leaving town. For a safety escort between the hours of 7 pm and 1 pm call 435-340-8021

6. To help from spreading COVID-19, please practice the following:

  • Practice social distancing. We are fortunate to be going to school in a face to face situation in order to keep that going we must all do our part. (Be a True Badger who knows how to distance)
  • Wash your hands often (Wash your paws)
  • Wear your mask (Cover your muzzle)
  • Avoid large crowds – even off campus (Gather in small clans)
  • Seek medical attention and isolate if you have any COVID-19 symptoms (Use the COVID CARES Team)
  • Carry hand sanitizer with you and use it liberally Stay home when you don’t feel well
  • Download Utah’s Healthy Together app and use it daily.

For more COVID-19 info please visit https://snow.edu/offices/safety/ready/index.html

Snow College Public Safety wants everyone to be safe this school year. Focus a little more on your personal safety and campus safety as a whole. Have a great year Badgers.


Safety Reminders

Date smart. Be safe. You can make a difference!

Snow College wants to encourage all students to be careful when becoming involved in any activity that has the potential of you losing control of your environment.

Some tips to keep in mind for dating and other social activities are:

Tell somebody where you're going

Before your date, give someone you trust the information you have on this new person, including their first and last name, phone number, and when they can expect you home. Always have a cell phone charged and handy in case you need to call for help!

Meeting there

"Meeting there" gives you control of when you get there and when you leave.

Safety in numbers

Meet in a public place. When you do, you're creating your safety zone.

Go out together

Go out as a group and come home as a group; never separate and never leave your friend(s) behind. Even if you are going to a party of someone you know, always bring a friend. Most sexual assault victims are assaulted by someone they know. Remember, if you invite your date to follow you home (or if you follow your date home) at the end of the evening, the possibility of your date ending in sex is significantly increased, whether that is your intention or not. If you are going on a date with someone you don't know or have just recently met, consider inviting a friend to come along with a date of their own.

Avoiding date rape drugs

Date rape drugs are sometimes put into a drink to prevent a person from being able to fight back during a rape. These drugs have no color, taste, or smell.

If you go to a party, club, or bar, here are some steps to avoid date rape drugs:

  • Don't accept drinks from other people.
  • Keep your drink with you at all times, even when you go to the bathroom.
  • Don't drink from punch bowls or other open containers.
  • If you lose track of your drink, dump it out.

While taking steps for your safety is important, many cases of abuse or assault can also be avoided by becoming an active bystander to help others.

What is a bystander?

Bystanders are not directly involved in violent or dangerous situations. Learn to be aware of your surroundings and have the choice to intervene, speak up, or do something about it. A bystander is someone who is present and thus potentially in a position to discourage, prevent, or interrupt an incident.

How to Intervene Safely

  • Tell another person
  • Ask a person you are worried about if he/she is okay
  • Distract or redirect individuals in unsafe situations.
  • Ask the person if he/she wants to leave
  • Call the 911

If you have been a victim or know someone who has been a victim, please encourage them to contact Snow College Wellness at 283-7136, the Title IX Office at 283-7120, and/or Public Safety 283-7170 (office) or 435-340-1311 (cell).

Be the solution!

Posted: May 3, 2021


Snow College Public Safety Informs of Local Incident

Snow College Public Safety has been notified of a local incident where Ephraim City Police Department (EPD) responded to a report of non-college-aged youth shooting BB guns out of a minivan earlier tonight. The suspects have been identified, and EPD has taken appropriate action. EPD may release additional information as appropriate for their protocol and procedures. Snow College would like to assure all students that there is no threat at this time from this situation.

Snow College Chief of Police, Derek Walk said, “Students’ safety is our top priority, and we will continue to do all we can to keep our campuses informed of situations as they arise.  While there was no serious danger tonight, we want our students to have accurate information of what could be a worrisome situation.  We encourage everyone to remember our mantra of ‘If you see something, say something.’ We can all do our part to keep our communities safe.”

Posted: March 22, 2021


Suspicious Activity

Suspicious activity has been reported to Ephraim City Police. The unknown suspect came from behind, wrapped their arms around the victim who was on their driveway, and picked up the victim. They started moving towards the road. The suspect let go of the victim when a car turned the corner, and the suspect fled. The suspect has been described as being tall, broad, strong, and wearing a coat with three buttons on the sleeve. This occurred in area of 400 East 150 South in Ephraim.

This is a precautionary message. You do not need to do anything at this time. Please be alert and call 9-1-1 if there is an emergency. If you have additional information about this situation, please contact Snow College Police at 435-283-7171.

  • Always have a buddy especially after dark
  • Be alert and aware. While you are walking, keep your mind on what is going on around you
  • Display confidence. Walk with purpose, scan the area around you and make casual eye contact with others to display confidence
  • Keep your hands free
  • Trust your instincts
  • Ask for help

Posted: February 23, 2021


Coronavirus Information Page

As interest in the recent outbreak of Coronavirus has grown, we have published an informational page with answers to frequent questions regarding the potential impact for Snow College students. Please visit the Coronavirus info page to keep up to date and learn more.

Updated: 17 March, 2020
Posted: 06 February 2020


Halloween Treat Safety

On October 27, 2019 police responded to a report of home-made cookies that had been laced with a plant that could cause illness or in very high concentrations even death, although it appears in this matter that the dosage was not high. The cookies were made on campus by a student who gave the cookies out anonymously as a Halloween treat. The students that received the cookies were specifically targeted because they were all apartment roommates. The sender was not a roommate of that apartment. Some of these cookies were eaten and it appears that outside of some discomfort and concern all are doing well. We would like to remind everyone to only eat food that is coming from a trusted source and look for things that are suspicious in nature when it comes to gifts, especially when it is food. The person who sent the cookies has been charged with a crime and will possibly face sanctions from the college. 

If you encounter something suspicious please contact campus police at 435-283-7170. If you ingest something call 911.

Posted: 30 October 2019


 

UPDATE: Firearm On Campus, Suspect in Custody

A Snow College Student, was in possession of a handgun on the Ephraim Campus. He has been charged with Possession of a Dangerous Weapon On Or About School Grounds and Disorderly Conduct. He was booked into the Sanpete County Jail on the above charges.

Earlier press release: At 3:13 PM Sanpete County Dispatch received a call of a person waving a handgun inside the Greenwood Student Center on the Snow College Ephraim Campus. Officers responded from Snow College Police Department and surrounding agencies within Sanpete County. The building was placed on lockdown, and officers cleared the entire building. The suspect was not found in the building. During the incident the suspect was identified. The suspect was located in his apartment and taken into custody without incident at 4:13 PM. A CO2 powered BB gun was found in the suspect’s apartment. The lockdown has been lifted.

Posted: 7 October 2019


 

PROPERTY DAMAGE

We have received several reports of damage caused to vehicles on the Richfield Campus. Please be mindful of people that are wandering through parking lots or anywhere on campus. Report anyone or anything suspicious. Remember to keep your vehicles locked and belongings out of sight. It is always a good practice, no matter where you are, on or off campus, to be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious behavior. Please be safe.

To report suspicious behavior in Richfield call 435-896-6471 or in Ephraim call 435-835-2345.

Posted: 18 September 2019


 

Being Safe

Snow College Public Safety welcomes everyone back for the new school year. As we start the new school year we hope everyone will think safety first. There are five areas of safety we want you to keep in your thought process.

  1. Pedestrians, cross the street safely! Use crosswalks. Look both directions before crossing. Keep your head up. Don’t have earphones covering your ears.
  2. Drivers, drive the speed limit (25 mph). Always be looking in front of you. Watch for people crossing the road anywhere. Don’t be distracted while driving. Be aware of the sun and glare it causes.
  3. Take responsibility for your personal property. Lock it up. Don’t leave it unattended.
  4. If you, “See Something, Say Something”. If you see a person whose behavior is unusual, say something. If you see a person that looks like they don’t belong where they’re at, say something. If see that someone is in harm’s way say something. If you see an unusual package or bag, say something. Report suspicious behavior to police at 435-283-2345
  5. Always be aware of your surroundings. Know where you are and what is happening around you. Walk with a friend after dark. Let a friend know if you are going someplace or leaving town. For a safety escort between the hours of 7 pm and 1 pm call 435-340-8021

Snow College Public Safety wants everyone to be safe this school year. Focus a little more on your personal safety and campus safety as a whole. Have a great year Badgers.

Posted: 23 August 2019


 

Local Mumps Outbreak

Public health officials have identified two cases of mumps in residents in Sanpete County.
The Central Utah Public Health Department (CUPHD) is also investigating other probable cases with close contact to the identified cases.

Mumps is a contagious disease that is caused by a virus. Signs and symptoms often include fever, headache, muscle aches, swelling of the salivary glands, causing a tender and swollen jaw. Complications of mumps can include encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), meningitis (inflammation of the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord), and deafness.

The following guidelines can help to reduce the risk for getting mumps:

  • Stay current on recommended vaccines; the MMR vaccine is the best way to reduce the likeliness of getting mumps. Know the vaccination status of yourself and any family members. A person is considered susceptible unless they have received two doses of the mumps vaccine or were born prior to 1957.
  • Contact your healthcare provider if you see signs of mumps in yourself, roommates or a family member. Do not go directly to a clinic or hospital without calling first. This will help to ensure that others are not exposed.

For more information, please contact your local health department office which is located in Manti at 435-835-2231 or online. The Manti Health Office offers an immunization clinic at 40 West 200 North, Manti every Tuesday from 2 pm – 5 pm. Walk-ins are welcome but it’s best to call in advance.

Posted: 16 April 2019


 

Reported Suspicious Persons

This last weekend we have taken two reports of suspicious persons on campus. These individuals are unknown and we believe it is not a single individual.

  • The first report was of a male in the vicinity of the Activity Center being aggressive about requesting a ride from someone.
  • The second report was of two males in the vicinity of 300 E Center that offered candy to a three year old out of an empty wrapper.

This is not associated to the alert sent out on March 8th 2019.

At this time Snow College Public Safety would like to remind everyone in our campus community to be careful around strangers.

  • If someone makes you feel uncomfortable get to a place where you have others that can help you be safe.
  • Use the Buddy System, avoid walking alone.
  • Keep your phone charged.
  • Report suspicious behavior to police at 435-835-2345
  • For a safety escort between the hours of 7 pm and 1 pm call 435-340-8021

Please report suspicious behavior immediately.

Posted: 3 April 2019


  

Reported Suspicious Person

We have recently had someone move into the Ephraim area. This person doesn’t always understand proper personal boundaries and relationships. We have had complaints regarding odd requests, such as a request to use a cell phone, and stalking type behavior. We know who this individual is and we have dealt with the complaints that have been made to police. This person is a Caucasian male in his 50’s who may be occasionally seen on or around campus. He has shoulder length wavy dirty blond hair, usually wears a sweat shirt and shorts, and often rides a bike. The individual has been cooperative with police requests. He is not a student but may be on campus as a community member.

At this time Snow College Public Safety would like to remind everyone in our campus community to be careful around strangers.

  • Don’t be afraid of setting proper boundaries
  • Think twice before 
    • loaning out your phone
    • giving your name
    • giving out your place of residence.
  • If someone makes you feel uncomfortable get to a place where you have others that can help you be safe.
  • Use the Buddy System, avoid walking alone.
  • Keep your phone charged.
  • Report suspicious behavior to police at 435-835-2345
  • For a safety escort between the hours of 7 pm and 1 am call 435-340-8021

Posted: 8 March 2019


 

Early Warning

Halloween Safety for College Students

Halloween night is upon us. Be alert, aware of your surroundings, and think safety. These are safety tips we should always follow.

  • Obey all laws and college policies.
  • Choose Halloween costumes wisely with safety in mind:
    • Item’s that resemble weapons or could be mistaken for something else should be avoided.
    • Avoid Costumes that obstruct vision
  • Use the buddy system. Be with good friends and stay together.
    • Know the people you are with.
    • Be kind but cautious
    • Be on your toes when meeting new people in or out of costumes.
    • Avoid people or groups that may be aggressive, intimidating, or display threatening behavior.
  • Always have your phone charged and ready for use.
  • Use common sense and trust your gut instincts.

Report suspicious behavior or activities to law enforcement.

Call Sanpete County Dispatch 435-835-2345 or 911 for emergency.

Posted: 31 October 2018


 

Traffic & Pedestrian Safety

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to transportation, but there's one that all road users share—everyone is a pedestrian. Unfortunately, pedestrians were one of the few groups of road users to experience an increase in fatalities in the United States in 2016, totaling 5,987 deaths.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) continues working to raise awareness about the dangers to pedestrians and bicyclists, and to provide leadership, expertise, and resources to communities across America to combat these crashes.

Please join us to reduce traffic safety risks to pedestrians and bicyclists, and to promote programs and countermeasures to save the lives of all road users on our Nation's roadways. 

Safety Tips for Vehicle and Pedestrian Traffic in and around Snow College:

DRIVERS
  • Stay Alert! Expect anything, especially in a school zone.
  • Pay close attention to signs, markings and signals.
  • Don’t tailgate!
  • Don’t Speed! Note the posted speed limits and obey them.
  • Be Patient! The pedestrian has the right-of-way in cross walks.
  • Sun glare can be a real problem both at sun rise and sun set. Sun glare can make it hard to see! Utilizing your sun visor, using polarized sunglasses, keeping your windshield clean and dashboard uncluttered can help minimize glare. It’s wise to use the lane markings to keep you on the road and to leave more following room between you and the car ahead of you.
PEDESTRIANS
  • Always walk on the sidewalks. If there is no sidewalk and you must walk on the road, always walk facing traffic, so you can see any car coming toward you.
  • Dress to be seen. Brightly colored clothing makes it easier for a driver to see you during daytime. At night, you need to wear white or reflective clothing.
  • Cross only at corners or marked crosswalks.
  • Stop at the curb, or edge of the road. Look left, then right, then left again before you step into the street.
  • If a car is parked where you are crossing, go to the edge of the vehicle and look left and right before crossing.
  • Avoid talking on the phone, listening to headphones, or anything else distracting when crossing.
  • Always walk when crossing. Don’t run.
SAFETY TIPS
  • Cross intersections carefully.
  • When crossing the street, regardless of the availability of signals, cross as quickly as possible. Minimize your time in the roadway.
  • Always watch for turning vehicles. Having the legal right of way doesn’t protect you from careless motorist.
KEEP IN MIND…
  • The law assigns pedestrians the right of way if they have entered a crosswalk. It does not relieve pedestrians of using due care for their safety.
  • Any pedestrian entering a roadway outside a crosswalk gives up the right of way to vehicles on the roadway. However, this does not relieve a driver from the duty of exercising care for the safety of pedestrians on the roadway.
  • Drivers of vehicles about to turn into a driveway, alley, garage or private road are required to yield the right of way to pedestrians on sidewalks.
  • At intersections where traffic is controlled by signals or a traffic officer, pedestrians must obey the signal and not cross against the stop signal unless specifically directed to go by a traffic officer.
  • Pedestrians who have started to cross at a crosswalk on a go signal have the right of way until they reach the opposite curb or place of safety, such as a median.
  • Much of the threat to walking safely comes from motorists' speed. The faster a motorist drives, the more likely he or she is to be involved in a crash, and the more likely injuries to a person on foot will be serious, if not fatal.
  • We can succeed at keeping everyone safe if we look at traffic safety as a partnership between those of us walking on the sidewalks, those of us driving in cars and those of us riding bikes.
  • When we are driving, biking or walking, we can improve traffic safety if we are vigilant and aware of other drivers, riders and pedestrians who may be a little too distracted for their own good. The "other guys" may not be following good common sense, or may not be where we expect them to be. We should be watching for college students riding skateboards in the street, college students involved in horseplay in or around the road way, and students moving between parked cars to cross the street, etc.
  • Double-check your surroundings when backing up or driving in low visibility weather. Driving at lower speed in school zones will help, too.
  • When we are walking, we can improve pedestrian safety by staying alert to traffic around us. Stay on the sidewalk, wear light, bright or reflective clothing, use crosswalks and observe traffic lights and signs, as they all help drivers see us.

 

Finally, neither drivers nor walkers should allow themselves to be distracted by using cell phones, alcohol, or other consumables that impair reflexes.

The key to traffic safety success is awareness of everything going on around us as we walk, ride and drive. This is especially true around the College Community.

Snow College Public Safety is available to help address any concerns or any safety issues.  Feel free to contact Public Safety at 435-283-7170 or Risk Management at 435-283-7120. 

Posted: 11 October 2018

Active Crime Awareness Incidents

August 29, 2016 Alert - UPDATED September 6, 2016

$500 Reward

Ephraim City and Snow College have combined their efforts by offering a $500.00 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person/persons responsible for the damaged tires in Ephraim and around Snow College. If you have any information please contact the Ephraim City Police during business hours at 435.283.4602 between 9am -2pm. After business hours please call dispatch at 435.835.2345. 

Snow College and Ephraim City Community has experienced a number of reports of tires being damaged to parked cars with some type of sharp device.  These appear to be random. 

Please protect yourself by-

  • Parking your car in well-lit areas
  • Pay attention to people out of place or acting suspicious
  • If you have information and would like to remain anonymous please call 888-399-0376
  • Please share this information with your friends.
  • Remember to do your part to protect our community if you “See Something , Say Something” Report anything or anyone that seem suspicious to the Police 435.835.2345

These Warnings are issued by the Snow College Department of Public Safety and the Ephraim City Police Department.