University of Utah responds after topless women wear body paint at game

University of Utah responds after topless women wear body paint at game

After two young women entered the University of Utah’s Rice-Eccles Stadium during last weekend’s football game wearing body paint as tops, the university released a statement on Wednesday saying anyone violating the State of Utah law on lust involving a child will not be permitted entry or will be ejected from the stadium.

“The university abides by state law during all sporting events,” the statement said.

He goes on to say “All visitors to the stadium are asked to follow the fan guidelines which are available online and to emphasize behavior that promotes a family atmosphere.”

The Utah code states in part that a person is guilty of obscenity involving a child if they “intentionally or knowingly … expose their genitals, female breast below the top of the areola, buttocks, l anus or pubic region.”

The university’s statement also references its “AZ Fan Guide,” which is a guide to everything from fan behavior to baby changing stations at events at its stadiums.

The Fan Behavior tab states in part: “Anyone who engages in dangerous or inappropriate conduct will be ejected from the premises, may lose all privileges and access to future events held at Rice-Eccles Stadium and the Huntsman Center and may be reported to the applicable law.”

The university has received several media inquiries regarding a dress code policy for its sporting events, according to the statement. The college campus does not have a dress code, and the fan guide is silent on such a policy.

Photos of the women who attended the game on September 29. 10 showed body paint apparently applied to depict tank tops adorned with a red “U”.

According to witnesses, the young women were allowed to enter the stadium and walked past a policeman.

They were then approached by a police officer who asked them to put on shirts and they complied, according to an earlier statement from the university.

A police investigation into the incident is ongoing. The university’s dean of students is also reviewing the events for “potential non-criminal sanctions,” according to a university spokesperson.

A fan who saw the young women enter the stadium in front of her family said she and her husband had protected their children’s sight and raised their concerns with stadium staff and police.

The fan, YouTube influencer Melea Johnson, said she also texted FANUP to report what she saw to the athletic department.

She later released a statement that read in part, “As a Christian mother, I felt I had to raise awareness of this issue so that a permanent change would be made immediately to university policy.

“Mothers need safe places for their children to attend without fear of seeing anything obscene or involving the nudity of a child…visuals that are generally only deemed appropriate for people over 18 years old.”

The college’s next home football game is Saturday night when the Utes host San Diego State University.

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