It is the policy of the University to assign roommates within the units without regard to race, creed, or nationality. It is our expectation that a resident living alone without a roommate will keep the residence clean and expect a roommate at any time. The Assistant Director will make every effort to notify
Residents may make a request to change rooms to the Summit Hall, Horizon Hall
Every effort is made to pair roommates of similar age and common thoughts on cleanliness, guests, and study habits. The Housing and Residence Life Staff will visit each resident at the beginning of the year to hear the terms of their Roommate Agreement a binding contract between roommates that will initiate discussions on many issues that can be a source of conflict. Regarding conflicts, residents are strongly encouraged to resolve them on their own, as this can be a teachable moment for a college student. Residents are encouraged to involve student staff when they feel they need to do so. Should a conflict occur that cannot be resolved through the assistance of student staff, the Housing and Residence Life Administrative Staff will intervene. Relocation will only be considered if space exists for a room change and the Housing and Residence Life staff feel the next roommate pairing will be a more compatible situation for all involved.
Special Interest Housing
Housing and Residence Life continues to offer its residents the option to choose their neighbors with Special Interest Housing. Buildings throughout the complex are home to four different floor designations. Wellness Floors will bring residents together that have a common interest in staying healthy and fit. “Leadership Floors” will engage interested residents in participating in campus activities. “International Floors” will gather residents from around the world and challenge them to share their cultures with one another. “Academic Floors” will keep residents focused on their studies with respect for each others’ goals. Resident Assistant will present residents with programs and bulletin board topics that will cover these Special Interest Housing options throughout the academic year.
Guests are permitted to visit the residents of Miner Village/Miner Heights/Miner Canyon with appropriate consideration for safety, security and privacy issues. Failure to comply with the guidelines for guests may result in revocation of the host’s and guest’s privileges, or disciplinary action. The following guidelines have been established to assure that both guests and residents are advised of their responsibilities related to visitation.Residents are the only people who may host guests. Miner Village/Miner Heights/Miner Canyon residents must accompany their guests at all times. Residents are responsible for their actions of their guests, including their adherence to both Miner Village/Miner Heights/Miner Canyon guidelines and all University policies. Guests who violate University and/or Housing and Residence Life policy will be asked to leave and the resident’s ability to entertain their guests and will be reviewed during the judicial procedures. Residents are responsible for ensuring that their guests are aware of the policies and procedures especially fire evacuation and safety procedures in the event of an emergency.
Visitation refers to the visiting hours of members of the opposite sex in Miner Village/Miner Heights/Miner Canyon apartments. It is the responsibility of roommates to discuss the visitation policy for their living environment. All decisions must be agreed upon by all residents in the living space. However, no visitor or guest may stay more than three (3) consecutive days and no more than 10 days total in a given academic year. Cohabitation, an overnight guest in a resident room, by a guest of the opposite sex is not permitted in Miner Village/Miner Heights/Miner Canyon. Violation of this policy may result in loss of visitation privilege for the guest and/or review of residential status for the resident. Residents must have the permission of a roommate to have any overnight guests
Noise is a potential problem in a group living situation. While there are hours designated as “quiet”, it is our policy that courtesy hours exist at all times. Courtesy hours give all residents the right to study and sleep free from undue interference, unreasonable noise, or any other distractions that inhibit this right. In support of the academic mission of UTEP, it is important for residents to discuss, understand, and abide by community standards of quiet hours throughout Miner Village/Miner Heights/Miner Canyon.
Quiet Hours are: 10:00 P.M.- 8:00 A.M. Sunday-Thursday
12:00 A.M.- 8:00 A.M. Friday and Saturday
During this time, no noise should be heard outside of the unit. Moderate noise levels that promote an atmosphere of academic success (COURTESY HOURS) should be maintained during all hours other than designated as QUIET HOURS. The use of electronic equipment such as stereos, radios, and amplifiers in a manner that violates a standard of quiet conducive to study or sleep is not allowed. Repeated violation may result in University disciplinary action.
Students are allowed to have an aquarium of 10-gallon maximum capacity (with fish only). Only one aquarium is allowed per apartment. Students assume responsibility for the aquarium and its contents at all times.
Candles (flame or battery operated) are not allowed in any Housing and Residence Life Facility. Candles violate the rules set by the Department of Environmental Health and Safety and the designated Fire Marshals. Students are allowed to have Electric Fragrance Warmers.