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Utah Valley University

Utah Valley University, or UVU, is a publicly funded university located in Orem, Utah, United States with a 2011 enrollment of 33,395 students. Utah Valley University is the largest public university in the State of Utah.


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College History


UVU was founded in the fall of 1941, when the Utah State Vocational Office consolidated federal work program classes into one campus in Provo. At this time, the school was known as the Central Utah Vocational School. Growth brought numerous changes to UVU over the following decades, and the school was renamed several times to reflect its changing role. In 1963, the name was changed from Central Utah Vocational School[4] to Utah Trade Technical Institute. In 1967, the school became Utah Technical College at Provo, and was given the authority to confer associate degrees for the first time. In 1977, the institution began moving to its present location, beside the I-15 in Orem. In 1987, it became Utah Valley Community College. In 1993 the school was named Utah Valley State College and began awarding four-year degrees. The Utah legislature approved renaming Utah Valley State College as a university in February 2007 (effective July 1, 2008), allowing it to begin offering master's degrees, although the school continues to place particular emphasis on its two- and four-year degree programs. UVU is the largest employer in Orem,[5] with over 1,400 full-time faculty and staff and over 3,200 part-time faculty and staff.[6] When it was a community college, the school had 8,000 students enrolled, growing by approximately 3,000 students a year.[7][8] The university had 32,670 students enrolled for the 2010 fall semester.[9] And 31,556 students enrolled in Fall 2012

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Although the UVU campus is a relatively safe place, we are not immune to those problems that beset all urban citizens, including problems related to public safety and law enforcement. The Utah Valley University Police Department (UVUPD), a police force fully accredited by the State of Utah, is charged with protecting your safety and property on our Orem campus. This brochure outlines the services, policies, and programs which help us to meet that challenge. The full support and cooperation of the entire University community is required to allow for the pursuit of knowledge in a safe and secure environment. Utah Valley University provides several important services to a diverse University community consisting of approximately 30,000 students and supporting faculty and staff by providing 24-hour-a-day police patrol and security protection for the benefit of all University properties, employees, students and visitors at the Orem campus. Utah Valley University police officers have the same full police powers and responsibilities as do officers in other Utah law enforcement agencies. All UVUPD police officers are trained at the Utah State Police Academy and each year receive an additional forty (40) hours of in-service and specialized training in crime prevention and awareness, first aid, firearms, defensive tactics, legal updates, evidence gathering, traffic control and traffic accident investigation, follow-up on criminal and civil investigations, etc. Several patrol methods are used to secure and patrol University properties, including uniformed vehicle patrol, foot patrol, as well as plain clothes motorized and foot patrol. University police officers are also responsible for providing a full range of public safety services to the University community, including the handling of all crime reports, investigations, traffic accidents, enforcement of laws regulating underage drinking, the use of controlled substances, weapons violations, and enforcement of all applicable State, County and local laws, and all other incidents such as medical and fire emergencies which require police assistance. University police officers prepare and submit reports of incidents brought to their attention. As a courtesy, they share information on arrests and serious crimes with any law enforcement agency having a legitimate need to know. The serial numbers of all vehicles, office equipment, and personal property stolen from our University campuses are reported nationwide through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). UVUPD encourages the prompt and accurate reporting of crimes to our office by victims, witnesses or any other persons having knowledge that a crime has been committed on our campus. Our University Police and Dispatch office is located in Gunther Trades room 331 and is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and can be reached by calling 863-5555 or in an emergency call 911.



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