Public Safety Announcements

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.


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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.