Student-Athlete Health, Safety and Well-Being Program
The Student-Athlete Health, Safety and Well-being Program was created and implemented by the Athletics Department, with the support of coaches and in accordance with the Department's core values, in an effort to secure the overall physical and mental well-being of student-athletes and to advance the Department's goal of creating an environment in which student-athletes are able to reach their full potential, both academically and athletically, while also becoming positive contributors to society. Per the Staff Code of Conduct created as part of this program, it is the responsibility of every Utah Athletics staff member to act to enhance the well-being of student-athletes. Additionally, the program establishes the position of Athletics Ombudsman, who is not an Athletics representative and does not act to protect the Department or its staff members. While the Athletics Ombudsman works with appropriate Athletics administrators to evaluate matters, he/she is a member of the Office of Student Affairs and serves as an advocate on behalf of the student-athlete to ensure his/her safety. The program also establishes procedures for reporting and addressing inappropriate behavior or misconduct, education program for student-athletes and staff members, and standards for monitoring varsity athletics programs through practice, strength and conditioning and road trip observations. Individuals and parties involved in carrying out the program include the Athletics Ombudsman, the Office of Athletics Compliance, the Director of Athletics, the Student-Athlete Wellness team, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Sport Supervisors, Athletic Trainers, Strength and Conditioning Coaches, the Faculty Athletics Representative, the Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and the Office of General Counsel.