Information for Students and Their Families
UTEP continues to take steps to ensure that we do our part to minimize the risk of COVID-19 in our community. We expect to start the spring semester with the same mask, social distancing, and remote work requirements we have had on campus for the fall semester. UTEP has been approved to be a COVID-19 vaccine provider under the Texas vaccination program. Vaccines will be administered to UTEP faculty, staff and students based on risk, following CDC and state guidelines. In order to be vaccinated at UTEP, you must first complete the vaccine questionnaire and consent form at this link. When a vaccine is available for you, you will receive instructions in your UTEP email about how to register and schedule an appointment to receive the first dose of the vaccine.
Bringing our campus back together safely is an enormous task. Nevertheless, we believe there will likely come a point in the spring semester when we can start more meaningful campus activities. Although we cannot “toggle” classes from asynchronous distance learning to a classroom with a specific time, we will be able to expand our engagement with students, do more co-curricular activities, engage more students in research, and enjoy the pleasure of each other’s company again. We will continue to share updates as new information becomes available, create opportunities for feedback and find ways to connect virtually.
Things You Need to Know
Updated: Dec. 29, 2020
- Register TODAY for the spring semester. The course schedule, which includes information about the method of instruction for each class section, is available through Goldmine at my.utep.edu.
- Students registered for the spring semester received an email from the UTEP COVID-19 Vaccination Program (email@example.com). If you have not done so already, please take a look at the email and respond to the questionnaire TODAY! This is very important so you can be included in UTEP’s COVID-19 vaccination program as soon as vaccines are available. If you have already completed the questionnaire, you do not need to resubmit.
- Will you be on campus this spring semester? Consent today for FREE, on-campus COVID testing program at consent.utep.edu.
- Miners who are not on campus or are showing symptoms may use the dedicated UTEP line at the state COVID-19 testing site located on campus on Schuster Avenue. The UTEP line can be accessed from the Schuster 3 parking lot at Schuster Avenue and Lawton Drive. You will need to show your UTEP Miner Gold Card to access the UTEP line. visit utep.edu/covidtesting
- The Student Success Helpdesk is available to provide support for students who need assistance with registration, schedule conflicts, financial literacy and housing.
- Student Business Services is available virtually to assist students via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 915-747-5116 during business hours. For information on in-person and online payments, visit sbs.utep.edu.
- Take the Miners Pledge and make a commitment to help fight COVID-19. Visit utep.edu/minerspledge to make your pledge, and tell us why you’re doing it. Include a photo or video of yourself taking the pledge or showing what you’re doing to stop the spread.
- Addressing COVID-related compliance requirements involving face coverings and social distancing: This helpful guide is intended to assist the UTEP community in achieving compliance and supporting a safe and healthy environment.
- UTEP offers students, including veterans and active duty, a wide range of mental-health related resources on and off campus. To learn visit the Mental Health Resources webpage.
- A remote learning plan has been created to ensure students can continue learning online. Visit our Learning Remotely webpage and find information related to tutorials, laptop checkouts, VPN, accessing OneDrive and mobile hotspots.
What to Expect on Campus
- The university has taken actions—such as enhanced cleaning and classroom protocols, changes to foot-traffic flow through buildings and on-campus pathways , and much more—to ensure all campus spaces and buildings support the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. UTEP also established a Temporary Health & Safety Policy which is in effective until the University determines the threat of COVID-19 has subsided.
- Students coming to campus for any reason are required to use screening.utep.edu prior to coming to campus.
- On-campus Housing, the Union, Library and other buildings will be open for the spring semester. The Student Recreation Center is open with modified hours of operation and safety protocols. The facility is open by reservation only. For more information, click here. Outdoor WIFI is available on-campus including Centennial Plaza, College of Health Science/School of Nursing Building Patio and Union Plaza.
- Students should report positive cases or issues related to COVID-19 to screening.utep.edu. Staff stands ready to assist you with support and resources needed.
- Miners, you can still connect with us online! We invite you to join us for our online info sessions and virtual events and engage in online services including Counseling and Psychological Services and the the Career Center.
The fall plan is continually evolving, and some of our planning may change as new information becomes available. We recommend that you return to this website often, in the event that pertinent updates have been communicated.
Consent for Testing
Will you be on campus this spring semester? Consent today for free, on-campus COVID testing program at consent.utep.edu.
Student Housing Updates and FAQs
On-campus housing is open and available for students. We are committed to keeping our communities safe and welcoming for al students. Visit our Housing and Residence Life updates and FAQ page to learn more.