Utah Tech

Dean of Students Office

Message from President White and Dean Threet

Utah Tech University students,

As legislation directly impacting higher education unfolds on Utah’s capitol hill, we would like to provide you with an update. We understand that some pieces of legislation which have passed in recent weeks have raised many questions about impacts on our campus. Although much remains unknown regarding the details of these bills, University administration will work closely with the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) and the legislature in the coming months to ensure we understand and comply with the new laws.

H.B. 261, Equal Opportunity Initiatives, was signed into law by the Governor and will go into effect on July 1, 2024. What we can comfortably share about this law is that it directly addresses offices titled “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.” Utah Tech leadership is currently in conversations regarding how the structure and name of such offices will change. Classroom instruction and research are not affected by the law. Both were specifically excluded. Additionally, the law protects grants and accreditation requirements set by federal or accreditation organizations. It is important to note that we believe cultural centers such as the Center for Inclusion & Belonging will continue to operate and provide services to all students. It will take USHE and its member institutions some time to understand the full implications of the law, but we plan to fully implement this law by July 1, as required by the legislation.

H.B. 257, Sex-based Designations for Privacy, Anti-bullying, and Women’s Opportunities, was also signed into law and certain portions of this bill are already in effect while additional elements of the bill go into effect on May 1, 2024. We know many students have questions about how this bill will impact them, and Utah Tech leadership is actively working to fully understand the legislation’s impact on existing and future facilities. In the meantime, Utah Tech has been working for many years to provide all-gender bathrooms across campus to accommodate the needs of all employees and students, and we will continue to do so with all new construction and remodels moving forward.

We recognize that aspects of these bills will lead to significant changes on campus, and although there is still much to learn and work through, Utah Tech University remains committed to providing educational opportunities and access for all while complying with these new laws. This legislation does not change our commitment to ensuring our students feel welcome and included on our campus. This process will take time, and we appreciate your patience as we work to understand the full impact of these laws.

Please don’t hesitate to share your questions and concerns with Dean of Students Ali Threet at ali.threet@utahtech.edu or Interim President Courtney White at president@utahtech.edu.

We care deeply about each member of this campus community—students, faculty and staff. Utah Tech is committed to being a place where everyone can thrive.

Warm regards,
Ali Threet, Dean of Students
Courtney White, Interim President

The Dean of Students (DoS) Office supports student success by advocating for students, connecting them with essential resources, encouraging involvement, and promoting intentional student development. Our office enriches the education of students by providing care and accountability of the Student Code of Conduct in consultation with various offices across campus. Creating a safe and conducive place for students to learn and grow is our top priority.

The Dean of Students is responsible for several units at Utah Tech University. These include: Veterans & Military Services, Disability Resource Center, The Center for Inclusion & Belonging, The Student Resource Center, The Testing Center, and the Entertainment Alliance. See below for helpful links, and information about our units.

Student Resource Center

Veteran & Military Services

Center for Inclusion & Belonging

Disability Resource Center

Testing Services

Entertainment Alliance


Ali Threet

Dean of Students

Email: ali.threet@utahtech.edu

Phone: 435-652-7514

Office: Gardner Room 202

Kristel Johnson

Executive Assistant for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Email: Kristel.johnson@utahtech.edu

Phone: 435-652-7514

Office: Gardner Room 202A