Student Spotlight

Emilie Mathura, OMS I

Class of 2023

  • Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Student Government Association, OB/GYN Club, American Medical Women's Association, and Medical Students for Choice.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? The Urban Underserved Track and the sabbatical program which will allow me to complete my Master of Public Health...
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Faculty Spotlight

Cathy Ruff, MS, PA-C

Program Director and Chair of Physician Assistant Studies
Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

  • Hometown: Dearborn, Michigan
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular Biology
  • Graduate Studies: Master of Science degree in Cellular/Molecular Biology. Physician Assistant Training at the University of Colorado Health Science Center.

What class/classes do you teach? I teach professionalism topics, Physical Exam, and small group skills. Why did you choose...
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Title IX at Rocky Vista University

All RVU employees and students are trained about Title IX Sexual Misconduct Laws on an annual basis. Students and employees are made aware of, and updated on, the Federal Title IX Act and RVU’s policies throughout each year.

RVU’s Title IX Coordinator manages the University’s response to complaints of sex-based discrimination, including sexual harassment, stalking, sexual assault, relationship violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct, as well as retaliation. If you believe you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual misconduct or are aware of sexual misconduct and would like to find out about how the University can help you, contact the Title IX Coordinator at (720) 874-2481.

You may also want to make an appointment to talk with one of RVU’s Sexual Assault Advocate and Mental Health counselors. The counselor on the Colorado campus can be reached at (720) 875-2896 and the counselor on the Utah campus can be reached at (435) 222-1270. Your conversation will remain confidential and will not be shared with the Title IX Coordinator.

You may seek the assistance of a trusted faculty member; if you do so, please keep in mind that all University employees (other than medical or counseling professionals) are mandatory reporters and must report all information to the Title IX Coordinator.

Title IX and Campus Sexual Violence Act Resources

For more information about Title IX requirements and the Campus Sexual Violence Act (“SaVE Act”), please visit the following sites:

Campus Save
Campus SaVE Act
New Requirements Imposed by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (PDF)

Title IX
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education “Title IX and Sexual Discrimination”
Know Your IX

Sexual Misconduct and Non-Discrimination Policy

Rocky Vista University (the “University”) is committed to the principles of academic and professional excellence and to fostering a positive learning and working environment for its students and employees. Accordingly, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the administration of or in connection with its educational and admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or employment practices, and it is required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 to not discriminate in such a manner.

It is the intent of the University to provide its employees and students with an environment free of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence (collectively “sexual misconduct”), and to respond appropriately to reports of sexual misconduct. The civil and respectful treatment of one another is a foundation of our principles, and the University will not tolerate any form of sexual misconduct. Persons found responsible for sexual misconduct are subject to disciplinary measures, up to and including dismissal or termination, consistent with this Sexual Misconduct Policy and Investigation Procedures (“Policy”) and any other applicable disciplinary procedures.

Compliance with this Policy is a term and condition of student enrollment and employment at the University. Questions about this Policy or Title IX can be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at (720) 874-2481.

RVU’s Sexual Misconduct and Non-Discrimination Policy and Procedures document is a working document that invites participation and input from the entire RVU community. Revisions will be made on an ongoing basis that reflect community feedback and participation in Title IX educational and prevention activities.

Please refer to Sexual Misconduct and Non-Discrimination Reporting, Investigating, and Hearing Procedures for additional information.

Reporting Sexual Misconduct

Any individual who believes that an employee or student of the University, including him or herself, has been subjected to sexual misconduct is encouraged to immediately follow the applicable reporting and investigation procedures and may also pursue criminal, civil, and/or administrative remedies provided by federal and state law. The University encourages all individuals to report possible sexual misconduct that they suffer or observe, and requires responsible employees of the University to do so.

The purpose of these investigation procedures is to provide prompt and equitable processes for addressing and investigating incidents of sexual misconduct allegedly committed against students and employees. A lengthy period of time between an alleged occurrence and an investigation may make fact-finding more difficult; therefore, individuals are encouraged to raise concerns and complaints as soon as possible.

The University provides three different procedures, described below, for investigating and adjudicating Requests for Investigation of sexual misconduct allegedly committed by students. The first two options address Requests for Investigation alleging misconduct other than sexual violence: an Informal Conciliation Process and a Formal Investigation Process, and a third process is available only for Sexual Violence Requests for Investigation: the Sexual Violence Response Process.

If unsure about the appropriate process for a Request for Investigation or unsure whether to file a Request for Investigation, please contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator at for an initial meeting, wherein the Title IX Coordinator will discuss the options and answer any questions.

The University highly recommends that the Reporting Party of sexual violence seek immediate medical attention after the incident. The Title IX Coordinator will provide, if needed, referrals to a medical professional.

In addition, please notify the RVU Security Department, as well as the police jurisdiction where the assault occurred or 911.


For those who are victims of sexual assault, it is important to get immediate medical attention, even if there are no obvious physical injuries. Go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital. A physical examination will help to assure that any injuries will be identified and treated and that victims receive important information about the risks for sexually transmitted disease. An examination does not obligate a victim to any kind of investigation; however, it allows evidence to be obtained and preserved in the event a criminal investigation is authorized at a later time. Victims should not bathe, shower, douche, or change clothes before the examination. Individuals are also encouraged to seek counseling. Support by a trained counselor can help the individual understand and work through the trauma of the incident. Counselors can also help others who are close to the individual.

RVU Campus and Community Resources

Students or employees needing immediate and confidential medical assistance, treatment and other health services following an incidence of sexual assault, may contact one of the following resources:

  • Rocky Vista Health Center
    Located on the RVU-CO campus
    (720) 875-2880
  • Dixie Regional Medical Center
    515 S 300 E, St. George, UT 84770
    (435) 251-1000
  • RVU-CO Security Office
    (720) 875-2892
  • RVU-SU Security Office
    (435) 222-1256
  • Title IX Coordinator
    (720) 874-2481


Sexual Misconduct or Assault Complaints to Outside Agencies

In addition to the University’s complaint procedures, a Reporting Party or alleged Reporting Party has the right to file a complaint of sexual misconduct or assault with local law enforcement agencies. As referenced elsewhere in this Policy, the involvement of outside law enforcement agencies may necessitate some accommodation in the timing and manner of the University’s Title IX investigation so as not to impede such external proceedings.

However, the University will ensure that it takes appropriate interim measures to protect the Reporting Party in the educational setting as well as to follow through with its own Title IX mandated processes once it learns that the local law enforcement agencies have indicated that their proceedings will not be compromised by the resumption of the University’s Title IX processes. Local law enforcement agencies to which complaints may be directed include:

  • Parker Police Department
    18600 E. Lincoln Meadows Pkwy., Parker, CO 80134
    Phone: (303) 841-9800
  • Colorado State Patrol – District 1
    4600 Castleton Court, Castle Rock 80109
    Phone: (303) 688-3115
  • Santa Clara/Ivins Police Department
    2603 Santa Clara Dr, Santa Clara, UT 84765
    Phone: (435) 652-1122
  • Utah Highway Patrol
    620 South 5300 West, Ste 216, Hurricane, Utah 84737
    Phone: (435) 634-2890

Sexual Assault Prevention

Sexual assault is when one person forces another person into sexual contact without that person’s consent. Here are strategies to protect yourself:

  • Avoid people who don’t allow you to make your own decisions and those who give you the feeling that you “owe them” something.
  • Be very explicit with dates about how intimate you expect the relationship to be.
  • Do not assume that a person will know that you are comfortable with “going so far” and no further.
  • Don’t drink beverages that you did not open yourself.
  • Don’t exchange or share drinks with anyone.
  • Don’t drink from a container that is being passed around.
  • If someone offers you a drink at a bar or club, accompany the person to the bar, watch the drink being poured, and carry the drink yourself.
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended while using the restroom or making a phone call. If you realize you have left it unattended, throw the drink away.
  • Don’t mix drugs and alcohol.

Safe Walk Program

The Safe Walk program is available to all students and staff. Contact any Security Officer, at any time of the day or night, for an escort on campus.

Title IX Education Programs for RVU Students and Staff

Rocky Vista University is committed to providing an environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex (gender), including sexual misconduct, sexual assault, relationship (dating and domestic) violence and stalking.

The University provides resources and training to students, faculty and staff to address concerns related to sexual harassment and sexual violence prohibited by Title IX and University policy.

New Student Orientation

New student orientation covers topics such as sexual assault prevention and education, reporting procedures for sexual harassment and assault, as well as drug and alcohol awareness.

Mandatory Title IX Awareness Training

As part of its commitment to maintaining a campus free of sexual discrimination and harassment, including sexual violence, Rocky Vista University has provides mandatory Title IX awareness training for all students and employees annually. The goal of the training is to make our campus community aware of sexual violence and to understand how to prevent it.

Title IX Task Force

The Title IX Task Force, led by the Title IX coordinator, Ms. Laura Dement, is broadly based, including students, faculty, and staff members specializing in this area. The Task Force meets regularly to improve the way the University responds to student and employee reports of discrimination, harassment (including sexual misconduct), stalking and interpersonal violence. It also develops and delivers ongoing sexual misconduct and assault prevention communication campaigns to students and staff.


Campus Safety and Security Office

Printed information and communication about sexual misconduct and assault awareness, prevention, and reporting is made available to students and staff outside of the Office of Campus Safety and Security, as well electronically on monitors around the campus.

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 and the Drug-Free Workplace of 1988 require all schools and institutions of higher education to adopt and implement a program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees on University property or as part of any University activities.

The annual notification and the Biennial Review, which are part of Rocky Vista University’s program adopted to comply with these Acts, are required by law. In compliance with the law, the policy can be found in the University Catalog/Handbook, as well as the Employee Handbook.

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Annual Notification – CO: 2019

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Annual Notification – UT: 2019

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Biennial Review: 2018