2.- Health and Fitness
The Student Health Center offers confidential health care services and activities to all university students. The staff includes one physician, two nurse practitioners, registered nurses, a medical technologist and a pharmacist. The majority of services, laboratory tests, and pharmacy services are provided at minimal fees. Referrals outside the Health Center, including x-ray referrals, are at the student's own expense.
Student insurance is available and highly recommended for every student without coverage by some hospitalization policy. Information may be obtained by calling ECA Associates at (915) 533-9891, or the Health Center at (915) 747-5139.
Services of the Student Health Center include health promotion with emphasis on physical fitness, women's health issues and cholesterol-nutrition monitoring. Confidential HIV/AIDS testing and counseling are available on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Student identification is NOT required or requested for HIV/AIDS testing.
The Health Center facilitates compliance with the University's requirement that all students must submit proof of immunization, or be immunized, for Tetanus-Diphtheria, Measles, Mumps and Rubella by providing the required immunizations. In addition, the Health Center offers Tuberculosis screening.
A form on which the required immunizations can be documented is available from the undergraduate Admissions Office or the University Student Health Center. Since most secondary schools are required by law to maintain similar records, a copy of the high school immunization record may be submitted. Students not in compliance with the immunization requirement may be denied registration.
Major emergencies are referred to adjacent hospitals, and University police
are available to administer first aid. Minor illness, injury, or health
concerns are treated by the Health Center's professional staff.
The Recreational Sports Department provides an opportunity for each member of the University community to voluntarily participate in a wide variety of sports and recreational activities.
The Intramural Sports Program includes approximately 40 activities for men and women. There are team sports such as flag football, volleyball, basketball, and indoor soccer, as well as individual and dual sports such as tennis, handball, racquetball, golf, and wallyball. Many activities include "Co-rec" leagues for teams comprised of equal numbers of men and women participants. Activity schedules are printed each semester and are available at Memorial Gym Room 103. Drop-in Recreation involves leisure time use of recreational facilities for basketball, volleyball, indoor racquetball, outdoor racquetball, and tennis. Sports equipment is also available for checkouts. Reservations for UTEP's playing fields must be made by registered student organizations in Memorial Gym Room 103. Racquetball reservations must be made on a daily basis Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. with a playing time between 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Validated UTEP ID must be carried at all times.
Sport clubs are open to all students. Many clubs compete against other schools, while others exist for instruction and recreation. Current clubs include fencing, men's soccer, rugby, and water polo.
The Department maintains an Outdoor Equipment Center that offers skiing, camping, backpacking, and water sports equipment for minimal rental fees. For further information, please call (915)747-5103 or come by Memorial Gym Room 103.
The Swimming & Fitness Center is one of the finest recreational facilities in the region and offers the university community an outstanding opportunity to participate in a variety of recreational activities. The facility includes two lap swimming pools, one and three meter diving boards, and an exercise room. The operating hours are 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. All currently enrolled UTEP students may utilize the facility free of charge. UTEP Alumni, faculty, staff and families may utilize the facility for a nominal fee. For more information call (915)747-8100.
For further information visit our web page at http://www.utep.edu/rsd.
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