» Behavior Policies
Cooperation with University Officials
Residents must immediately comply with directions from all University officials, including Residence Life Assistant
Staff. Verbal and/or physical abuse directed toward any University staff member will not be tolerated, and residents
will be subject to disciplinary action.
Identity of residents are easily established by means of the Miner Gold Card. For additional safety, any resident may
be asked to identify themselves and verify residence at any of the entry points or at any location in Miner Village/
Miner Heights. Compliance with an RLA requesting an ID is required. Guests who are hosted by Miner Village/Miner
Heights residents may be asked to identify themselves at any time they visit Miner Village/Miner Heights and at any
location within the Properties. Lack of compliance with such a request can result in the loss of
Incidents requiring the attention or intervention are routinely reported to the Residence Life Staff. Violations of University
policies, medical and emergency situations, behavioral problems, and instances of property loss or damage
are documented on Incident Report Forms and forwarded to the Residence Life staff for appropriate follow-up and/
Room Search and Entry
The University of Texas at El Paso respects and is committed to the protection of residents’ right to privacy, as well
as to the safety and security of all residents. However, there are certain circumstances under which a designated
University official has the right to enter any part of the Residence Life Apartments when necessary. Designated officials
include but are not limited to: University Police, EMS, Fire Prevention Services Personnel, Residence Life Staff,
Housekeeping, maintenance personnel and other persons authorized by the University to enter premises for the
purpose of inspection or maintenance under reasonable and restrained conditions. Entry into may be made for the
• To conduct a search of any part of the complex and/or unit in accordance with University policy.
• The detection of an illegal activity which interferes with the normal operation of the University and/or
• If there is a violation of health regulations.
• For any emergency circumstance which may warrant a quick entry into an area or unit.
• For housekeeping or maintenance needs.
• For regularly scheduled and announced inspection and/or spraying all the units.
• For reasons concerning the safety and well-being of anyone in the apartment.
To protect residents right to privacy, canvassing or solicitation of funds, sales, memberships, subscriptions or distribution
of literature is prohibited unless permission has been given by the Director of Residence Life or designee.
State law prohibits using state property for private enterprise. No concessions or business of any type may be operated
by a student, family member, or other person from the living unit or in the apartment complex. This applies to
baby sitting, Avon, Tupperware, and other similar businesses run from private residences.
Water, shaving cream, paint ball or similar “fights” are not permitted. Objects such as, but not limited to, firecrackers,
water hoses, water guns, paint ball equipment and containers of water are not to be discharged or thrown in the corridors,
student units, and public areas or from windows.
Gambling is illegal in Miner Village or on any state property.
Although pets may bring pleasure to their owners, they may also create odors, aggravate allergies and cause noise.
With the exception of goldfish and tropical fish in a bowl of 10 gallons or less, pets are not permitted in Miner Village
at any time. Guests are not allowed to bring pets into Miner Village/Miner Heights, even on a temporary basis.
Intentional damage to University property is a violation of policy and can result in restitution, disciplinary action and/
or legal action. Residents are encouraged to report any act of vandalism to the Department of Residence Life
Physical abuse, assault , or any conduct that may threaten or endanger the health or safety of any persons will result
in immediate disciplinary action. Should the source of the conflict be from roommates or guests, every effort will be
made to separate the residents from the assigned spaces.
Any physical altercation and/or verbal threats should be reported to the University Police (747-5611) and your
Residence Life Assistant. Such incidents are very serious and should be reported immediately. Involvement in such
altercations will result in immediate referrals to the Dean of Students Office.
Residence Life complies with all UTEP policies and federal laws regarding harassment, sexual harassment and discrimination.
UTEP is committed to maintaining an employment and academic environment that is free from sexual
harassment and inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature. Employees and students should be aware that sexual harassment
in both the work and academic environment is prohibited by UTEP policy and federal law. Residents have
the right to a work and academic environment that is free from sexual harassment as well as discrimination on the
basis of sex, race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran’s status.
Allegations of sexual assault are considered extremely serious and will be dealt with immediately. Investigations of
this type of offense will include the Department of Residence Life, University Police Department and the Dean of
Students Office. Students are encouraged to report any knowledge of such offenses immediately, for their own safety
and the safety of others.
Weapons & Firearms
The safety and welfare of all students is a priority for Residence Life. All residents must contribute toward personal
and community safety by being aware of policies which impact safety and by living in a responsible manner. The following
guidelines with regard to firearms and weapons must be followed by residents.
Possession and/or use of any type of firearms or other weapons are not permitted in or around Miner Village/Miner
Heights. This includes but is not limited to bows and arrows, darts, knives, martial arts implements, BB guns and
paint ball guns. The use and/or possession of fireworks or explosive devices of any type are not permitted in or
around Miner Village/Miner Heights. Shotguns, rifles, and pistols used for recreational and/or competitive purposes
must be registered and stored at the UTEP Police Department.