Rules and Regulations
Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It reads: “No person in the United States shall on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
UTEP is committed to maintaining a learning environment that is free from discrimination based on gender, including inappropriate conduct of sexual nature. Sexual harassment (including sexual violence, stalking, domestic violence and/or dating violence) and sexual misconduct in any form are prohibited and will not be tolerated. Any individuals who engage in such conduct will be subject to disciplinary action.
A complaint against a UTEP student, visitor, staff or faculty member for sexual harassment, sex discrimination or sexual assault, should be made in person to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinators, or online by submitting a Title IX Incident Reporting Form. Additional information, including online reporting, can be found at https://www.utep.edu/titleix/.
Senate Bill 212 (SB 212 - https://www.utep.edu/TitleIX/sb-212.html) requires all employees of Texas universities to report incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking allegedly committed by or against a student or employee, to a Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Under this new law, an employee who fails to report or falsely reports such an incident will also be subject to criminal liability (misdemeanor) and termination of employment.
UTEP Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators
Gabriel Ramirez, J.D.
Title IX Coordinator (Oversees Title IX investigations and policy implementation)
Kelly Hall 312
William A. Epperson
Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Primary Investigator
Kelly Hall 312
Dr. Catie McCorry-Andalis
Deputy Title IX Coordinator Education, Training and Outreach
Associate Vice President for Student Engagement and Dean of Students
Dean of Students Office
Union West 102
Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Director for Equal Opportunity
Kelly Hall 304
Concealed Carry and Weapons on Campus
Pursuant to Subchapter H, Chapter 411 of the Texas Government Code, individuals licensed by the State to carry a concealed handgun (License Holder) may carry a concealed handgun in approved areas on the University campus beginning August 1, 2016.
The use, possession, display or storage of all other weapons, simulated weapons, explosives, or fireworks on the University campus is prohibited and subject to appropriate disciplinary and/or criminal sanctions.
Individuals who observe a violation of this policy are required to report the incident immediately to the University Police Department (UTEPPD) at 915-747-5611 or 911. UTEPPD will investigate the incident and when applicable forward potential violations to the University’s Office of Human Resources or Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR).
Please see the Handbook of Operating Procedures at https://www.utep.edu/hoop/section-9/ch-10.html
The Clery Act
Originally known as the Campus Security Act, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20USC & 1092(f)) is the landmark federal law that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. The law is tied to an institution’s participation in federal student financial aid programs and applies to most institutions of higher education both public and private. The Clery Act is enforced by the United States Department of Education.
The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to
- publish an Annual Security Report.
- publish a yearly Security and Fire Safety Report.
- have a public crime log.
- disclose crime statistics for incidents that occur on campus, in unobstructed public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus and at certain non-campus facilities including Greek housing and remote classrooms.
- issue timely warning about Clery Act crimes that pose a serious or ongoing threat to students and employees.
- devise an emergency response, notification and testing policy.
- compile and report fire data to the federal government and publish an annual fire safety report.
- enact policies and procedures to handle reports of missing students.
Youth Event Coordinators are considered school officials who have “significant responsibility for student and campus activities” and act as Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) who have the authority and duty to take action or respond to particular issues on behalf of the institution.
CSAs must ensure the following offenses are immediately reported to the UTEP Police Department:
- Sex offenses
- Aggravated assault
- Motor vehicle theft
- Domestic violence
- Dating violence
- Weapons violations
- Drug abuse violations
- Liquor law violations
Even if the victim does not want to report the crime to the police, the CSA must immediately contact the UTEP Police at (915) 747-5611 to report enough details so the incident can be classified and recorded properly. If there is an undue delay in any of this process, the University could be found in non-compliance, which can result in a substantial monetary fine for each instance of non-compliance. Employees and volunteers should be trained to report all incidents of crimes to the Youth Support Services Manager who will follow up according to the Clery requirements. Additional information on UTEP Clery requirements can be found at https://www.utep.edu/police/records-reports/jeanne-clery-act.html
The Division of Marketing and Communications: Trademark Program and Graphic Identity Guide
The University of Texas at El Paso’s Trademark Program is administered by The University of Texas System. The program works to protect and promote the use of The University of Texas System’s name and logos to ensure that the public can properly identify and associate the logos with officially licensed products bearing the institution’s marks. Some of the items that must go through the Trademark Program include promotional (“giveaway”) pieces and items intended for sale, such as t-shirts, caps and water bottles.
Additional information on UTEP’s Trademark Program can be found at https://www.utep.edu/university-communications/resources/trademark-information.html
Graphic Identity Guide
The publication that sets guidelines for the use of the University's logos, name, colors, seals and other brand elements can be found at https://www.utep.edu/university-communications/resources/graphic-identity-guide.html