University News

Attorney Ann Marie Allen Joins SUU Team

March 18, 2016
Author: Lexi Carter
Category: Administration

Attorney Ann Marie Allen Joins SUU TeamAttorney Ann Marie Allen has been appointed as Southern Utah University’s Director of Ethics and Compliance; she will handle Title IX and related matters as well as providing counsel in a number of other areas. Allen began her position in early March and looks forward to developing a unique role in her directorship, with a fundamental focus on personal rights coupled with personal responsibilities. 

Having recently served for three years on the SUU Board of Trustees, Allen brings a wealth of institutional knowledge and commitment with her. With over 15 years of legal experience, Allen has worked as a private lawyer and served as a deputy county attorney, commissioner, legislative appointee and legal counselor for countless businesses and organizations.

“A significant goal I have is to ensure every person – faculty, staff and student – has a knowledge of rights and obligations relative to all civil rights and laws,” states Allen. “More than understanding is realizing the personal duties each individual has in relation to these laws and policies.”

The office of Title IX Compliance seeks to educate regarding, and enforce, standards relating to equality, non-discrimination, and safety.  Allen hopes to empower SUU as a whole by educating the students, faculty and staff about important legal and ethical principles, as well as clarifying reporting procedures and pathways open to individuals needing help.  “I want everyone to know they have a place to turn to for support.”

Reporting procedures can be found at SUU’s Title IX website, along with more information about Title IX and other applicable laws and policies at the university level.

Allen obtained a juris doctorate at Brigham Young University, where she taught law and ethics as an adjunct professor; she taught similar courses as an adjunct faculty member at Utah Valley State College, now UVU.   She and her family have been involved with SUU since moving to Cedar City 15 years ago.

Charged with managing campus policies relating to at least 12 different laws, act and guidelines, Allen’s work will be steep and demanding.  But her past performance in various positions and focused work ethic shows only a bright future for SUU’s new Director of Ethics and Compliance.



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