Author: McKhelyn Jones

LeVar Burton strives to make education accessible for all children

Photo courtesy of Sam Howzit Actor LeVar Burton’s goal is to make literacy accessible to every child everywhere through the use of technology and storytelling. Burton was the keynote speaker at UVU’s first National Summit on Dual-Mission Institutions, which brought together educators, policy makers and government officials to brainstorm ideas on how to meet the unique challenges that higher education faces. He said that he wants to find new, innovative ways to help solve literacy problems by reaching children through technology. “I believe that literacy has the power to change lives,” Burton said. He is well-known for his role...

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UVU releases second statement on lawsuit, new allegations

University spokesperson Scott Trotter has released a second statement regarding former Title IX Coordinator Melissa Frost’s lawsuit after another woman spoke about her experience. According to Frost, she was preparing to “begin discrimination harassment investigations into allegations by three females against white males in upper management” when she was notified of UVU’s intent to terminate. Emily Tooy made a public comment saying that she is “one of three women who was harassed and discriminated” against by a senior administrator. Tooy spoke to local media about the discrimination she witnessed while working at UVU. However, She was not immediately available for...

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Police Reports

Sex Offense April 24 — 7 p.m. An officer was dispatched to the Fulton Library on reports of an individual inappropriately touching themselves while on a computer. Upon arrival, the officer located the suspect, who then admitted to the lewd acts. The officer issued them a citation, removed them from UVU for the day and referred the individual to Judicial Affairs. Theft April 25 — 2:40 a.m. While patrolling near College Drive, an officer observed a vehicle parked in a road lane and an occupant loading up a traffic barricade. The officer stopped the vehicle and retrieved the barricade....

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Former Title IX coordinator files lawsuit against UVU

Reporting by: McKhelyn Jones & Kimberly Bojorquez Melissa Frost, UVU’s former Title IX coordinator, is suing the school for wrongful termination in retaliation for whistleblowing on university practices, according to documents filed at the Third District Court in Salt Lake County May 8. According to Scott Trotter, senior director of communication, UVU leaders took “immediate action” to review her retaliation claim June 9, 2017. The lawsuit claims that Frost was wrongfully terminated under the “Whistleblowers Act.” Her complaint states that the university terminated her employment in retaliation to her reporting the university’s noncompliance to state and federal laws to...

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Police Reports

DUI April 15 — 3:35 a.m. A UVU police officer stopped a vehicle for moving violations near 400 S. Geneva Road. Subsequently, the officer found the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol. A DUI summons and citation was given to the driver, who was then booked into Utah County Jail for the moving violations, DUI and open container. Theft of Vehicle Parts April 16 — 8:04 p.m. A student called police to report that her rear passenger window was stolen from her vehicle parked in Mountainside Lot 22. An officer met with her and photographed the area...

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