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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Campus Safety and Security – Southern Utah

The Rocky Vista University Department of Public Safety and Security is committed to providing safety and security services in a professional and consistent manner. RVU strives to provide these services with integrity, timely communication, and problem solving. The Security Department is here to serve 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing patrols, escorts, investigations, crime prevention, and many other tasks.

If you see a crime, accident, emergency or suspicious person, promptly call (435) 222-1300. If a matter needs attention from the local police or fire department, a security officer will call either the Santa Clara/Ivins Police Department. You may call 911 if it is a life-threating emergency, then notify the Security Department so assistance can be provided to law enforcement. Victims and/or witnesses can report crimes on a confidential basis through the anonymous tip hotline at (435) 222-1313.

For more information, review the following document:

2018 Rocky Vista University Annual Security Report (PDF)

To view the daily crime log, please visit the Security Department.

Campus Safety

RVU Security has several ways to ensure that our campus community remains a safe and secure learning environment, including CCTV surveillance cameras, an access-controlled facility, advanced fire control system, RAVE Emergency Notification System, and officer patrols and escorts. We also work closely with local police and fire departments.

The Rocky Vista University Department of Public Safety and Security is committed to providing safety and security services in a professional and consistent manner. RVU strives to provide these services with integrity, timely communication, and problem-solving.

Students, staff and faculty, if you would like to receive a text message notification of future RVU campus closures or emergencies, please contact the RVU Information Service Department and opt in, providing a cell phone number and service provider.

Please see the RVU Emergency Response and Communication Plan (PDF) for more detailed information.

Services for Students and Employees

  • ID Cards – Get your Student or employee ID card at the Security office. Bring Photo I.D (driver’s license) and the officer will replace an existing badge at no charge. A Student ID Card is required to be visible at all times. You also need it for the Library printer and admittance to college activities.
  • Parking Permits – Any motor vehicle parked on the RVU Campus parking lots must display a valid parking permit or pass. Bring a copy of your current Registration and Driver’s license to the Security office. Parking Permit Forms are available at the security office or download the Parking Permit Form (pdf).
  • Safety Escort Service – When walking on campus during the evening hours, you are encouraged to walk with another person and use well-lighted and well-traveled routes. Don’t hesitate to ask for help or a safety escort if a situation makes you feel afraid or threatened. Anything that makes you feel uncomfortable is a legitimate reason for contacting the Security Department.
  • Motorist Assistance – The Security Department offers jump-starts for dead batteries and will help change a flat tire. The Security Department can also assist you in calling AAA or a local tow truck service. The Security Department is not allowed to assist in unlocking your vehicle if you lock your keys inside your car.
  • Lost and Found – Items turned into the Security office are kept for 180 days. Check with our office often if you have lost something. Proper identification on your valuables helps officers return your property to you faster. For assistance, call or stop by the security office.

Bicycle Parking

  • Bicycles on Campus – It is encouraged to use your bike as a means of alternative transportation.
  • Please comply with the State bicycle laws.
  • Use the racks to park your bike.
  • Parked bicycles that create safety hazards may be impounded.
  • Do not lock your bike to a tree, shrub or building.
  • Bicycles are not permitted in campus buildings.
  • Please use a bicycle lock to secure your bike to the racks.

The basic Emergency Response Plan outlined is to protect lives and property through effective use of campus community resources. Whenever a situation or an emergency affecting the campus reaches proportions that cannot be handled by routine procedures, the Emergency Response Plan shall be implemented. For more information, review the Emergency Response and Evacuation Plan under the “Information for Students and Employees” tab.


Timely Warning / RAVE Emergency Notification

Emergency Notification System to Enhance Emergency Preparedness

The safety of students, faculty, and staff is a constant priority at RVU. The ability to quickly provide notice, accurate information, and instructions with minimum delay during a situation is crucial. To accomplish this, RVU has selected the RAVE Emergency Notification System, an early emergency notification system used by RVU Security that sends an electronic warning message to all RVU students, faculty and staff that are connected to the RVU network. Text message alerts are the fastest and most direct way for Security to notify you of an
emergency, and can be set-up with a few simple steps. For additional information, contact Security or the IS Department.

These systems complement our existing campus emergency response plans, which are continuously updated to be responsive to both man-made and natural disasters. University and campus leaders have integrated our computer systems with the RAVE system. These systems are only used during emergencies (and for related tests).

In the event that a crime or emergency occurs on campus, Security will post a “Timely Notice” bulletin in compliance with the provisions of the Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998.

Please refer to the Office of Compliance and Quality Assurance page for information about RVU’s Title IX policy, as well as information about sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. There is also information on that page about how to report a crime:

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.

If you have been sexually assaulted, it’s never too late to get help.

  • Go to a safe place.
  • Call someone.
  • Do not bathe, wash hands, or clean fingernails. It is important that victims preserve evidence that may be necessary to prove criminal sexual assault.
  • Do not remove clothing worn during or following the assault as these frequently contain valuable fiber, hair, and fluid evidence.
  • Do not apply or take any medication.
  • Get medical attention as soon as possible.
  • When you get to the hospital, tell the triage staff you have been sexually assaulted.

If the assault happened some time ago:

  • Seek counseling.
  • Seek medical attention for treatment of injuries or symptoms related to the assault.
  • Consider reporting the incident to the police.
  • Pursue the campus judicial process.
  • Pursue academic or administrative assistance.
  • Access other community support resources.

Coping with Sexual Assault
Victims of sexual assault may find it helpful to discuss their experience with a counselor. Victim advocates and counselors are available to meet with victims in an informal and private setting. Referrals for these services are available through the Student Affairs office. The Student Affairs Office and the Security Department may also be able to assist in changing a student’s academic situation, by serving as a source of referral to outside agencies, and by providing information about on- and off-campus reporting, prosecution procedures, and the college disciplinary process.

College Response to a Sexual Assault
Sexual assault is a criminal act which subjects the perpetrator to criminal and civil penalties in state and federal courts. In addition, Rocky Vista University will respond administratively if a sexual assault or other criminal offense involves a student or employee as the offender. Students and employees are subject to applicable laws, college policies, and disciplinary procedures, including policies prohibiting sexual harassment.

Possible Sanctions Against Offenders
Victims may begin a disciplinary action by reporting the incident to the Security Department or to the Student Affairs office. A written statement detailing the incident may be requested. The accuser and accused are entitled to have others present during a disciplinary hearing. In the case of sexual assault, both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome. In addition to any criminal sanctions, a sexual assault perpetrator is subject to appropriate employee or student disciplinary sanctions.

  • Faculty and staff: the range of employment penalties include, but is not limited to, one or more of the following: counseling, reprimand, suspension, or termination of employment.
  • Students: Students who violate federal, state, or local laws are subject to criminal charges. In addition, the perpetrator may be subject to disciplinary actions as set forth in the student code of conduct. The ranges of sanctions for violations of the code of conduct include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following: suspension, expulsion, alteration of class schedule, probation, loss of privileges, or a warning.

Rights of the Victim
A person who reports having been sexually assaulted has the right to:

  • Request a female or male officer to take the report.
  • Have his/her identity protected, consistent with legal requirements.
  • Be treated professionally and with sensitivity, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexual orientation of the victim or the perpetrator.
  • Assistance with medical treatment, counseling, and other resources, including transportation to a hospital, if desired.
  • Be informed of the outcome of a police investigation.
  • Request an alternative academic or employment situation, if such an alternative is available.
  • Have all questions answered fully.
  • Upon request, the College will disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence or a nonforcible sex offense, the results of any disciplinary hearing conducted by the College against the student who is the alleged perpetrator of the crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, the College will provide the results of the disciplinary hearing to the victim’s next of kin, if so requested.

Click here for more information and resources regarding Victims’ Rights (Word)

RVU Notice of Complainants Rights (Word)

Crime victims can get help by contacting the Victim Services Unit in the jurisdiction where the incident occurred. They have trained personnel available to confidentially discuss incidents. They help victims decide on reporting options, make referrals to appropriate support services, and offer victim support services.

The RVU Campus is serviced by the St. George Police Department Victim Advocates. You may contact the Victim Advocate Unit at 435-627-4000 or, as well as the Utah Office for Victims of Crime at 800-621-7444 or

Crisis Counselor

Rocky Vista University provides a list of referrals for crisis counseling, treatment, rehabilitation, and re-entry programs through the community. A list of referrals is available in the Student Affairs office. Pastoral and professional counselors, at their discretion, are encouraged to inform those they counsel of the procedure for reporting crimes voluntarily and confidentially to the Ivins Police Department or any “campus security authority” for inclusion in the annual crime statistics.

Sex Offender Policy

Information concerning persons who are required by Utah law to register as sex offenders may be obtained from the Ivins Police Department’s website. The Utah Convicted Sex Offender Website is Offender Watch Initiative.

Click here for the procedures the University will follow when incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking are reported (PDF)


On-Campus Resources

  • Campus Public Safety & Security
    (435) 222-1300
  • Security Supervisor
    (435) 222-1280
  • Anonymous Help/Tip Hotline
    (435) 222-1313
  • Student Affairs
    (435) 222-1241
  • Kathy Killian-Harmon, LMFT
    Mental Health and Wellness Counselor
    (435) 222-1257
    Office C-125

Off-Campus Resources

  • Ms. Laura Dement, Title IX Coordinator; located at Colorado campus
    (720) 874-2481
  • Amy Schlueter, Associate Dean of Student Affairs; located at Colorado campus
    720) 874-2483
  • Santa Clara/Ivins Police Dept
    2603 Santa Clara Dr, Santa Clara, UT 84765
    (435) 652-1122
  • Ivins Fire Department
    90 W Center St, Ivins, UT 84738
    (435) 674-5503
  • Poison Control
    (800) 222-1222
  • Dove Center 24-hr Hotline
    (435) 628-0458
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    (800) 799-SAFE
  • Utah Suicide Hotline
    (801) 625-3700
  • Utah Rape Recovery Center
    2035 1300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84105
    (801) 467-7273
  • Child and Family Services
    195 N 1950 W. Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
    (435) 652-2960
  • 24 Hour National Alcohol & Substance Abuse Information Center
    (800) 784-6776
  • Therapia Addiction Healing Center
    (888) 917-3422

Other Available Resources

Rocky Vista University shares many of the same interests and problems as other colleges and communities, including a concern about crime. The University has been fortunate not to have experienced a significant number of crimes, but one should not be misled into thinking the campus is crime-free. There is always the possibility of a criminal act occurring against a member of the RVU community despite the best efforts of the Safety and Security Department and the administrative staff. A truly safe campus can only be achieved through shared responsibility of all members of the RVU community.

The University is committed to maintaining a safe environment to support a healthy, learning-centered campus. This commitment includes making necessary physical improvements that promote safety and well-being; the revision and updating of policies, procedures, and rules; and an obligation to hold accountable those who choose to commit crimes or violate rules and regulations.

Every student, faculty, staff member, and visitor has an individual responsibility to be aware of their personal safety, to properly utilize college resources, to make positive choices, and to use common sense. Crimes, violations, hate crimes, suspicious persons or activity, and safety issues should be reported upon discovery through the appropriate channels as described in RVU Student Handbook and Catalog. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the emergency procedures and the important information on the website. Updates, timely warnings, and important information regarding safety on campus will be communicated by emails, fliers, TV monitors, and other presentations.

To obtain a copy of the Daily Crime Log, please visit the Security Office.

For more information about RVU policies and procedures, review the following document:

RVU Title IX, Sexual Misconduct, and Non-Discrimination Policies

Firearm Policy

Possessing unauthorized firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, and/or other dangerous weapons or instruments resembling them, which may cause fear/alarm in or harass another person within or upon the grounds, buildings, or other facilities of RVU or at any RVU-sponsored or supervised function or event is prohibited.

Any person(s) in violation of this regulation shall be subject to University disciplinary action and/or criminal charges. An exception is granted only for city, state, or federal law enforcement officers.

Alcohol- and Drug-Free Policy

RVU is an alcohol and drug free campus, with the exception of special events that is approved by the President or Dean of RVU. As set forth in local, state, and Federal laws, and the rules and regulations of the College, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on campus-controlled property is strictly prohibited. All drug and alcohol laws are vigorously enforced.

Drug-Free Policy

Rocky Vista University policy prohibits the sale, manufacture, distribution, use or possession of illegal drugs on the College campus. This policy applies to faculty, staff and students.

Disciplinary Sanctions

Through disciplinary procedures, the College will impose sanctions upon students and employees, who unlawfully use, possess, sell or distribute drugs or unlawfully use or abuse alcohol on college property, or as part of any College employment or activity. Depending on the circumstances, these sanctions may range from a warning to a maximum of expulsion or termination of employment. Students and employees who violate the College’s regulations are also subject to referral by the Security Department to the local law enforcement for investigation and possible criminal prosecution.

24 Hour National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center
(800) 784-6776

Alcoholics Anonymous
(435) 674-4791

Narcotics Anonymous
(435) 467-4403

Here are the programs the Safety and Security team implement in order to maintain a safe campus:

  • Bystander Intervention Program
  • Mandatory Title IX Awareness Training for all Students and Employees
  • Violence Education and Prevention (VEP)
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)
  • Campus Safety Resources Guide
  • Instructions for obtaining Protection Orders
  • Explanation of Victims’ Rights and Resources (DV, SA, S)
  • RVU Procedures to Reports of DV, SA, S
  • Rights for Crime Victims
  • Annual Security Report
  • Resources Available: Sexual Assault, DV, Violence, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, ID Theft and Prevention, Wildlife
  • Escorts
  • Evidence Preservation
  • Evidence Preservation for Victims’ of SA, DV
  • Crime Prevention (safe walk, silent witness)

For more information or to obtain literature on any of these programs, please contact Security.