UVU student drops out of student elections; under Title IX investigation

Dustin Draper talks at the UVUSA Election’s Debate Feb. 28 inside the Sorensen Student Center at Utah Valley University. Draper recently dropped out of the race. (Photo by Jonah Hokit/UVU Review)

A Utah Valley University student involved in student government has dropped out of the race for student body president following a social media campaign accusing him of sexual misconduct.

“Dustin Draper has resigned his position as the UVU Student Association vice president of activities and has withdrawn himself as a candidate for student body president,” said Scott Trotter, senior director of communications at Utah Valley University, confirming to The Daily Universe on Monday that Draper is the subject of a Title IX complaint and investigation.

“We immediately alerted UVU’s Title IX Office in compliance with federal law and followed up with the complainant to offer support and resources,” Trotter said. “Utah Valley University has no tolerance for sexual misconduct, and we take all complaints of this nature very seriously.”

Draper told The Daily Universe the allegations against him are false and that he has submitted his own complaint to the school’s Title IX office.


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