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2015 - 2017 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog

Campus Life



Programs Assisting Student Study

P.A.S.S. Office

The Office for Programs Assisting Students Study (PASS) is a multiple resources center for students. This office provides both direct and indirect services to all students.

Americans With Disabilities Assistance.

The office processes applications submitted by students who have been accepted by the University for accommodations and services. Once students have been admitted to the University, they are required to contact the office one month prior to the start of the semester.

Computer Support

Personal computers are available for students to use for homework, word processing, and research in the PASS Office.

Testing

The PASS Office provides services for self-paced, correspondence courses and make-up exams, Institutional ACT, Quick THEA, Texas Teacher Exams, CLAP, and placement exams.

Child Care Center

The UTPB Child Care Center provides child care services for services for students, faculty and staff. The center provides an environment and opportunities for children to build the necessary skills for development. Activities are designed to enhance gross motor, fine motor, pre-academic, self- help, music, art, and social skills. Days also consist of indoor and outdoor play with teacher-directed learning activities. Teachers are certified in first aid and CPR. Rates vary depending on the age of the child. Students may qualify for assistance through West Texas Opportunities, depending on their income. Scholarships may be available.

Undergraduate Success Program

The Undergraduate Success Program at UT Permian Basin includes the offices of Academic Advising, PASS Office, Career Services, Developmental Education, Honors, the Retention Office, Academic Dismissals, and the Success Center. The Success Center features tutoring, supplemental instruction, mentoring, AVID, and the First Year Experience Course. Our goal in bringing these services under one umbrella is to connect students with the services they need to be successful in class and graduate on time. For information on the program offerings, contact Dean William F. Harlow, Mesa Building 2218, 432-552-3353.

The Success Center at UTPB

The Success Center at UT Permian Basin offers a wide array of academic support services for students, faculty, and staff. Located on the second floor of the Mesa Building in room 2215, the Success Center is open year round and operates under the direct supervision of Jasmine Tambunga.

Services available at the Success Center include AVID, First Year Seminar, Tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, and the Mentoring Program.

Tutorial Services

Tutorial support is offered at the Success Center for Writing and STEM. Tutors courses are trained in AVID Socratic tutorials and are certified through the College Reading and Learning Association. They have been trained in a student-centered philosophy to facilitate learning from the learner’s point of need. Most tutorials are available as walk-in arrangements; however, there may be instances when longer individualized sessions are required. Both group and individual tutorials are available.

Supplemental Instruction

Group tutorials are an essential learning tool for more challenging courses, and Supplemental Instruction is supplied for them. SI team members set the schedule and location for study sessions based on the needs of a particular course, and SI leaders attend classes with the students. The Supplemental Instructor for most courses is hand-picked by the course instructor, and like the Success Center tutors, SIs have been trained in the University of Kansas’ official SI development, AVID socratic tutorials, and CRLA to provide the most effective academic support possible.

Peer Mentoring

The Mentoring Program was established to help freshman adjust to the university setting. At risk freshman are required to be in the mentoring program, but services are offered to all students on a voluntary basis as well. Students are paired with an upper level peer mentor that will facilitate weekly meetings and monthly study sessions to assist in study skills, time management, and orienting the student to university policies and the culture specifically at UT Permian Basin.

AVID Student Success Initiative

AVID for Higher Education is implemented in UTPB curriculum through the First Year Seminar courses, provides the professional development training for on campus tutoring and Supplemental Instruction, and also equips faculty members with teaching and learning strategies for their classrooms.

First Year Seminar

First Year Seminar is a required course for all first time, full time freshman. This course serves as an extended orientation for students to become familiar with their campus and the culture of a university. First Year Seminar is conducted through a FIG (Freshman Interest Group) format in which students are paired with an instructor/section according to their major or general field of interest. This allows for students to meet a faculty member in their field as well as other students that share their interests, and also gives them insight into their field of study or interest early in their academic careers.

Career Services

The UTPB Career Center is located in room MB 2100 on the second floor of the Mesa Building. The UTPB Career Center provides career counseling, on-campus job placement for work-study and non-work study students, off-campus job opportunities, administers the UTPB Work Co-op Program, the Study Abroad Program and also develops and coordinates numerous programming events throughout the year. Students seeking on-campus or off-campus employment, should create a profile on www.collegecentral.com/utpb which will allow them to view all student/alumni job postings. Student worker applications are located in the UTPB Career Center in MB2100 of the Mesa building. For more information, call 432-552-3634 or email careerservices@utpb.edu.

Campus Life

Office of Student Life

The Office of Student Life, located in the Student Activities Center, SAC210, provides a wide range of services and programs to help UTPB students develop leadership skills, designs and implements activities for UTPB students to enjoy between, before, or after classes, and creates a welcoming atmosphere in the center of campus for students to relax, study, play video games, or participate in on-campus programs. For more information on any of these areas, call 432-552-2651.

New Student Orientation

The Office of Student Life coordinates summer and January orientations for new students. Orientation leaders are students who can help new students become familiar with programs, services, and other resources available to them on campus. If you are interested in helping new students transition to college and learn about UTPB please consider becoming an Orientation Student Leader.

Student Senate

The Student Senate of U. T. Permian Basin is the elected student organization representing the interests and needs of the student body and is recognized by the administration of U. T. Permian Basin and by the Board of Regents of the U. T. System. Officers are elected at the end of each spring semester and Senators are elected at the end of spring and early in the fall semester. Candidate registration forms are available through the Student Senate Office. Students are encouraged to seek elected offices. The Student Senate makes recommendations to the administration on policies that affect the student body and appoints students to sit on important University committees with faculty and staff members.

The U. T. Permian Basin Student Senate sponsors the Halloween Party Empty Bowls Fundraiser, The Big Event and many other activities that benefit the University community, the Odessa community, and the Permian Basin area. The Student Senate also provides limited funding for organizations to develop events for the benefit of the entire student body.

Campus Activities Board

The Campus Activities Board is responsible for identifying, budgeting, and developing cultural, social and recreational programs for the student body. Students are encouraged to contact the Campus Activities Board to get involved as volunteer activity program members. The U. T. Permian Basin Campus Activities Board brings in a variety of well-known and aspiring artists and entertainers, sponsors Falcon Fridays in the Student Activities Center, and takes students to regional and national leadership development conferences.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Students are encouraged to join or develop clubs and organizations that unite members with a common cause or interest. Such organizations allow students to pursue specialized interests and to have an opportunity to interact with classmates and professors in an atmosphere different from that of the classroom. Involvement in student organizations also provides a means of practicing leadership skills. The Office of Student Life is responsible for the registration of student clubs and organizations and publishes a guide for the development of clubs and organizations. The Office of Student Life also provides various resources for student organization development, and training on U. T. System policies. Membership is not denied on any basis prohibited by applicable law, including but not limited to race, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, sex, disability, or sexual orientation.

The UTPB Student Union

The Student Union is situated in the north half of the second floor of the Mesa Building and contains a work area with lockable work stations for student clubs and organizations. The Student Union reception desk is open from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday , from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Fridays, and closed on weekends. There are quiet study areas, the Falcon’s Perch for a snack, meeting rooms, a television and television rooms, and play stations in the Student Union.

Volunteer Center

The Volunteer Center serves as a clearing house for volunteerism and service to the UTPB community and to the communities of Odessa and Midland. The Volunteer Center Coordinator works with faculty, staff, and community agencies to provide UTPB students with opportunities for service learning experiences.

Intramurals

One of the best ways to get involved with other students at UTPB is through participating in campus events. One way here on campus to get involved is through UTPB Intramurals. Intramurals is a great way to meet other students, relieve stress, get involved and get good exercise. Another way to get information regarding intramurals is by visiting the UTPB Intramural website. The purpose of this page is also to inform you of upcoming events and schedules. Visit this page frequently for up to date information. The purpose of the Intramural Department is to provide various activities for students. Intramural activities are designed to allow for social engagement, educational enhancement, mental and emotional health, beyond the classroom. Our goal is to continuously develop programs and activities to provide something for everyone, and most importantly, supplies the opportunity to have fun. UTPB Intramurals is also open for suggestions for new activities in the future. Should you have any suggestions or questions feel free to contact the Intramurals Department.

Contact Information:

Terrance Anders, Intramural Director

Phone: 432-552-2598
Fax: 432-552-3600
anders_t@utpb.edu
www.ss.utpb.edu/intramurals/
 

Falcon Veterans Lounge

The Falcon Veterans’ Lounge is located on the second floor of the Mesa Building Room #2259. Falcon Veterans Lounge offers:

  • A place for veterans and dependents to meet and socialize with other student veterans on campus.
  • A place to study, relax or recharge your batteries with refreshments before, after or between classes.
  • A place to learn about the benefits, resources, and services available to veterans and dependents offered at the university, Veterans Services, and local organizations.
  • Other amenities include access to cable television, microwave, refrigerator and lockers.

For more information contact Veteran Services Office.

Falcon Veterans Association

A student led organization that meets twice a month to serve the next generation of transitioning veteran students from military life to academic life. FVA’s purpose is (1) to assist students overcome the isolation and disruption that such a transition can cause, by providing a support system in which veteran students and non-military students interact, bond, and discuss relevant issues on professional and social levels and (2) be an advocacy group to improve resources and services available that will make being a veteran student at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin that much better.

Financial Literacy

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin provides financial literacy and planning to assist students with making smart financial decisions while in college. This information is made available through the office of Financial Literacy during the spring and fall semesters. Money Matters Mondays are monthly seminars provided free on campus. Classroom presentations are available, as well as, online tools and links to materials. Private individual sessions are also offered for students year round. Students may be referred by a professor or department. Students may make an appointment and walk-ins are also welcome during office hours. All consultations are free and confidential. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these services.

Financial Literacy at UTPB includes information on the following:

  • Investing in undergraduate education and college costs
  • Planning for college and finding scholarships
  • Understanding needs & wants and setting goals
  • Credit basics and managing credit
  • Creating a spending plan and monitoring your spending
  • Different bank accounts and identity theft
  • Solving debt problems and repaying educational loans
  • Saving, investing, and managing major purchases
  • Employee benefits and compensation

Student Housing

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin offers a wide variety of options in our apartment style housing for students who are interested in living on-campus. Freshmen housing provides freshmen with the choice of a four-bedroom with or without a kitchen. Upperclassmen have the choice between the efficiencies, two-bedroom, and four-bedroom apartments with laundry facilities in most buildings.

The University also offers limited family housing to married students and students with children with options including one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units. The family units have a centrally located laundry facility building for easy-access. Amenities for all units include basic cable, internet access, full-kitchens, and maintenance.

Student safety and security is enhanced by campus police security and the Resident Assistants that serve after hours for 24 hour service in housing. An outdoor lighted basketball court and sand volleyball court are available to the students as well. Student rental rates include the cost of electricity, water and garbage collection as well. Student Housing is within walking distance of the academic buildings on campus.

Student Housing offers two clubhouses for the convenience of the students living on campus, the Falcon House and the Parker Ranch House. The Falcon House, located in Falcons Nest Circle, provides students with study and lounge areas, laundry facilities, a full kitchen, and restrooms. The Parker Ranch House, where housing offices are located, also provides study and lounge areas, a kitchen, ice machine and mail boxes.

UT Permian Basin’s Parker Ranch House was named by the Parker family in memory of James Early “Jim” Parker, Jr. and Bessie Ola Parker. The Parkers embodied the ranching lifestyle of generations of a family that served the communities of Andrews and Ector counties since 1907 Parker was involved in organizing the municipal structure of Andrews County in 1910. He later served as county commissioner from 1921-1924, established the Andrews Bank, and served as president of its board of directors for many years.

Information regarding student housing may be found on the UTPB webpage at http://www.utpb.edu/campus-life/student-housing or contact the office for a tour or visit at (432) 552-2743 or by email at housing@utpb.edu.

Student Health and Safety

Disciplinary Procedures

Students at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin maintain the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. All students are expected and required to obey federal, State, and local laws, to comply with the Regents’ Rules and Regulations, with The University of Texas System, and institutional rules and regulations, with directives issued by an administrative official of the U. T. System or institution in the course of his or her authorized duties, and to observe standards of conduct appropriate for an academic institution. (Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Rule 50101) Any student who engages in conduct that violates the fore mentioned is subject to discipline whether such conduct takes place on or off campus or whether civil or criminal sanctions are also imposed for such conduct.

The official version of the student conduct code can be found on the Dean of Student’s web page within the University web pages at www.utpb.edu/campus-life/dean-of-students. The University reserves the right to restrict the enrollment of any student for disciplinary or academic reasons. According to the Regents’ Rules, the Dean of Students has the authority to take interim disciplinary action when the continuing presence of the student poses a potential danger to persons or property or a potential threat of disrupting any authorized university activity.

In all cases, students are afforded due process through a meeting with the Dean of Students and/or a formal disciplinary hearing.

Disciplinary action could include:

  • Admonition
  • Warning probation
  • Disciplinary probation.
  • Withholding of grades, official transcript and/or degree.
  • Bar against readmission.
  • Restitution or reimbursement for damage to or misappropriation of institutional or System property.
  • Deferred suspension
  • Suspension of rights and privileges, including participation in athletic or extracurricular activities.
  • Failing grade for an examination or assignment or for a course and/or cancellation of all or any portion of prior course credit.
  • Denial of degree.
  • Suspension from the institution for a specified period of time.
  • Expulsion (permanent separation from the institution).
  • Revocation of degree and withdrawal of diploma.
  • Other penalty as deemed appropriate under the circumstances.

Grievances/Appeals

Students who have a grievance with another student, faculty or staff member are encouraged to review the procedures set out on the Dean of Student’s web page on the University web pages at http://ss.utpb.edu/dean-of-students/student-grievances/ These procedures include information on how to file complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination on the basis of race or disability.

Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin is committed to the principle that the University’s working and learning environment be free from inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment in any form will not be tolerated and individuals who engage in such conduct will be subject to disciplinary action. Knowledge, either personal or experience as a witness, of such activity should immediately be reported to the Dean of Students or the Title IX Coordinator.

Student Medical Plan

Students have access to medical services contracted by the University. Information about the medical services provider and the plan may be found on the University web site under Current Students, Medical Services.

Student Insurance

Students needing health insurance may obtain information through the University web pages. This can be found under Current Students, Medical Services. International students are required to maintain health insurance which meets UT System coverage requirements.

AIDS, HIV, and Hepatitis B Infection Policies

The University of the Texas Permian Basin recognizes its responsibility to protect the rights and privileges of students, employees, patients, and the general public against the contact with the spread of infectious diseases. In recognition of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis B (HBV) as serious health threats, U. T. Permian Basin has adopted a policy and procedural steps to protect both the rights and well-being of those students who may be infected with HIV or HBV as well as to prevent the spread of infection. No individual with HIV or HBV infection will be discriminated against in employment, admission to academic programs, health benefits, or access to facilities. Students with HIV or HBV infection may attend all classes without restriction, as long as they are physically and mentally able to participate and perform assigned work and pose no health risks to others.

All information regarding the medical status of U. T. Permian Basin faculty, staff, and students is confidential. A complete copy of the “AIDS, HIV and Hepatitis B Infection” policy can be found in the institutional Handbook of Operating Procedures which is available on the internet at www.utpb.edu. This policy is applicable to all students of U. T. Permian Basin as they pursue their academic (and clinical) endeavors. Brochures with information about AIDS/HIV will be made available to all students on request. Counseling Center.

Hepatitis B Vaccination

The Hepatitis B Vaccination requirement applies only to students enrolled in a course of study that involves potential exposure to human or animal blood or bodily fluid.

Bacterial Meningitis Information

Bacterial Meningitis is a serious, potentially deadly disease that can progress extremely fast, so utmost caution is required. It is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. The bacteria that cause meningitis can also infect the blood. This disease strikes about 3,000 Americans each year, including 100-125 on college campuses, leading to 5-15 deaths among college students every year. Bacterial Meningitis is transmitted when people exchange saliva (such as by kissing, or by sharing drinking containers, utensils, cigarettes, toothbrushes, etc.) or come in contact with respiratory or throat secretions. Symptoms include high fever, rash or purple patches on the skin, light sensitivity, confusion and sleepiness,

lethargy, severe headache, vomiting, stiff neck, nausea, and seizures. The more symptoms present, the higher the risk. When these symptoms appear, seek immediate medical attention. There is treatment, but those who survive may develop severe health problems or disabilities. Early diagnosis and treatment can greatly improve the likelihood of recovery. For more information, contact your own health care provider, the campus medical services provider, or local Texas Department of Health. Information web sites: www.cdc.gov, www.acha.org. U.T. Permian Basin regularly informs students about this information by posting information on-line via our student registration system and posting on the back of our registration cards.

Bacterial Meningitis Information (New Students)

All new students and those who are returning after a one semester absence and under the age of 22 years of age or younger will be required to show evidence that they have received the bacterial meningitis vaccination or eligible for an exemption prior to enrolling. The vaccination dose or booster must have been received during the five-year period preceding and at least 10 days prior to the first day of class or prior to moving into on-campus housing (whichever is applicable). Students taking online courses only (no on-campus based courses) are not required to have the vaccination. Send evidence of the vaccination or qualified exemption to UTPB Admissions, 4901 E University Blvd, Odessa, TX 79762. For more information about the immunization requirements and exclusions, please refer to the Texas Department of Health Services, Immunization Branch (MC 1946), PO Box 149347, Austin, TX 78714-9347.

A student can opt-out of the immunization requirement by providing an affidavit signed by the applicant or, if a minor, by the applicant’s parent or guardian stating that the applicant declines immunization for reasons of conscience.

Hazing

Hazing in State educational institutions is prohibited by both State Law (Sections 51.936 & 37.151 et seq., Texas Education Code) and by the Regents’ Rules and Regulations (Series 50101, Section 2). Individuals or organizations engaging in hazing could be subject to fines and charged with criminal offenses. Additionally, the law does not affect or in any way restrict the right of the University to enforce its own rules against hazing.

Individuals

A person commits an offense if the person:

  1. engages in hazing;
  2. solicits, encourages, directs, aids or attempts to aid another engaging in hazing;
  3. recklessly permits hazing to occur; or
  4. has firsthand knowledge of the planning of a specific hazing incident involving a student in an educational institution, or has firsthand knowledge that a specific hazing incident has occurred, and knowingly fails to report that knowledge in writing to the Dean of Students or other appropriate official of the institution.

Organizations

An organization commits an offense if the organization condones or encourages hazing or if an officer or any combination of members, pledges, or alumni of the organization commits or assists in the commission of hazing.

Definition

The term “hazing” is broadly defined by Statute to mean any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in an organization. Hazing includes, but is not limited to:

  • any type of physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking, placing of a harmful substance on the body, or similar activity;
  • any type of physical activity, such as sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, confinement in a small space, calisthenics, or other activity that subjects the student to unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student;
  • any activity involving the consumption of a food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug or other substance that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student;
  • any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, that subjects the student to extreme mental stress, shame or humiliation, that adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the student or discourages the student from entering or remaining registered in an educational institution, or that may reasonably be expected to cause a student to leave the organization or the institution rather than submit to acts described in this subdivision; and
  • Any activity that induces, causes, or requires the student to perform a duty or task that involves a violation of the Penal Code. The fact that a person consented to or acquiesced in a hazing activity is not a defense to prosecution.
  • Hazing with or without the consent of a student is prohibited by the System, and a violation of that prohibition renders both the person inflicting the hazing and the person submitting to the hazing subject to discipline.
  • Initiations or activities by organizations may include no feature which is dangerous, harmful, or degrading to the student and a violation of this prohibition renders both the organization and participating individuals subject to discipline.

Activities which under certain conditions constitute acts that are dangerous, harmful, or degrading, in violation of Rules include but are not limited to:

  • calisthenics, such as sit-ups, push-ups, or any other form of physical exercise;
  • total or partial nudity at any time;
  • the eating or ingestion of any unwanted substance;
  • the wearing or carrying of any obscene or physically burdensome article;
  • paddle swats, including the trading of swats;
  • pushing, shoving, tackling, or any other physical contact;
  • throwing oil, syrup, flour, or any harmful substance on a person;
  • rat court, kangaroo court, or other individual interrogation;
  • forced consumption of alcoholic beverages either by threats or peer pressure;
  • lineups intended to demean or intimidate;
  • transportation and abandonment (road trips, kidnaps, walks, rides, drops);
  • confining individuals in an area that is uncomfortable or dangerous (hot box effect, high temperature, too small);
  • ny type of personal servitude that is demeaning or of personal benefit to the individual members;
  • wearing of embarrassing or uncomfortable clothing;
  • assigning pranks such as stealing; painting objects; harassing other organizations;
  • intentionally messing up the house or room for clean up;
  • demeaning names;
  • yelling and screaming; and
  • requiring boxing matches or fights for entertainment.

Immunity

In an effort to encourage reporting of hazing incidents, the law grants immunity from civil or criminal liability to any person who reports a specific hazing event, in good faith and without malice, to the Dean of Students or other appropriate official of the institution and immunizes that person for participation in any judicial proceeding resulting from that report. Additionally, a doctor or other medical practitioner who treats a student who may have been subjected to hazing may make a good faith report of the suspected hazing activities to police or other law enforcement officials and is immune from civil or other liability that might otherwise be imposed or incurred as a result of the report. The penalty for failure to report is a fine of up to $1,000, up to 180 days in jail, or both. Penalties for other hazing offenses vary according to the severity of the injury which results and include fines from $500 to $10,000 and/or confinement for up to two years.

Immunizations

Institutions of higher education may require persons applying for admission to be immunized against diphtheria, rubeola, rubella, measles, mumps, tetanus, and poliomyelitis. The Texas Board of Health may require immunizations against these and additional diseases for registrants at any institution of higher education who are pursuing a course of study in any of the human or animal health professions, and the board may require such immunizations for any registrants in times of an emergency or epidemic in a county where such an emergency or epidemic has been declared by the Commissioner of Health. (Education Code 51.933(b-1))

On Campus Student Immunization and Background Check Requirement

The State requires students, who reside in on-campus housing to provide a certificate signed by a health practitioner evidencing that the student has been vaccinated against bacterial meningitis at least 10 days prior to the student taking up residence in on-campus housing. The University is entitled to check the criminal history record for all students applying for on-campus housing. The University will notify students if this information is used to deny them housing.

Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act

In compliance with the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act (the Act) 20 U.S.C. Sections 1092 (a), (e) and (f), as amended, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin collects specified information on campus crime statistics, campus security policies, and institutional completion of graduation rates. Pursuant to the federal law, alleged victims of violent crime are entitled to know the results of campus disciplinary proceedings concerning alleged perpetrators. U. T. Permian Basin reports to the campus community on crimes considered to be a threat to students and employees and reported to campus police or local police agencies. U. T. Permian Basin publishes and distributes an annual report of campus security policies and crime statistics to all current students and employees; provides copies of the report to applicants for enrollment or employment upon request; and submits a copy of the report to the Secretary of Education upon request. The annual campus crime statistics report references crimes which occur on property owned or controlled by U. T. Permian Basin and may be supplemented by listing crimes which occur off the campus in buildings or on property owned or controlled by student organizations that are registered by the institution when such statistics are available from local police departments.

U. T. Permian Basin annually calculates and discloses institutional completion or graduation rates for undergraduate students to all prospective and current students. (The federal requirement for calculation of a completion of graduation rate applies only to institutions of higher education that admit undergraduate students who are enrolling for the first time at an institution of higher education and have not enrolled previously at any other institution of higher education.)

U. T. Permian Basin publishes in the annual security report, its policy regarding sex-related offenses, including prevention programs, education programs to promote awareness of sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, administrative disciplinary procedures and sanctions for offenders, and counseling and student services for victims.

Criminal Background Checks

Certain programs require students to submit to and satisfactorily complete a criminal background check review as a condition of admission, program completion, licensure, or participation in education experiences. Students who refuse to submit to a background check or who do not pass the background check may be dismissed from their programs. The student is responsible for the costs of the criminal background check.

Gang Free Zone

Premises owned, rented or leased by The University of Texas of Permian Basin, and areas within 1,000 feet of the premises are “gang-free” zones. Certain criminal offenses, including those involving gang-related crimes, will be enhanced to the next highest category of offense if committed in a gang-free zone by an individual 17 years or older. See Texas Penal Code, Section 71.028.

Missing Student Notification Policy

If a member of the University community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, he or she should immediately notify the UT Permian Basin Police Department at (432) 552-2786. Students residing in on-campus housing have the option to identify confidentially an individual to be contacted by UT Permian Basin in the event the student is determined to be missing for more than 24 hours. Contact information will be accessible only to authorized campus officials and law enforcement and will not be disclosed outside of a missing person investigation. To designate a confidential contact, contact Student Housing at (432) 552-2743.

Use of Facilities

The property, buildings, or facilities owned or controlled by the University are not open for assembly, speech, or other activities as are the public streets, sidewalks, and parks. The responsibility of the Board of Regents and The University of Texas of the Permian Basin to operate and maintain an effective and efficient system of institutions of higher education requires that the time, place and manner of assembly, speech, and other activities on the grounds and in the buildings and facilities of the University be regulated. No person, organization, group, association, or corporation may use property or building owned or controlled by the University for any purpose other than in the course of the regular programs or activities related to the role and mission of the University, as permitted by the Regent’s Rule 80101 and UT Permian Basin rules and regulations.

Most campus buildings and facilities are accessible to members of the campus community and their guests and visitors during normal business hours. Students have access to the buildings during scheduled class sessions including laboratory, library study, and research periods. After normal business hours, including weekends and holidays, all campus buildings are considered closed and secured. Late doors are equipped with electronic locks and closed circuit television cameras. This electronic access control system can allow access to those authorized entry and assigned a code for the system. Exterior building doors on campus are equipped with an electronic alarm, which annunciate at the alarm monitoring company during prohibited hours.

Student Parking Information

Parking permits are required to park on campus. The parking spaces in all lots are restricted as marked or posted. All underground parking is reserved. Only Student Housing residents are allowed to park at Student Housing. Parking permits are typically purchased during registration and are valid from September through the following August. The permits are marked with an expiration sticker. Permits can be obtained at the Police Department Information Center, located in the Mesa Building Lobby, throughout the school year and are prorated as necessary. In compliance with Texas Education Code 51.207 (b), The University of Texas of the Permian Basin enforces State of Texas vehicle inspection laws for vehicles parking or driving on campus.

Disabled Veteran Parking

Disabled veterans may park with either a free University permit or without a University permit (at the discretion of the University) in a disabled parking space for an unlimited period of time.

Student Travel Guidelines

Pre-trip Planning

Any time a student organization plans an event or plans to attend an event off campus, special consideration should be given to possible means of travel. Although private vehicles may seem the easiest to coordinate and most cost effective, organizations and their advisors should consider liability issues and safety factors along with cost and ease of coordination. The necessary travel forms must be filed with the Office of Student Life at least one week before your group’s travel. Please refer to the Student Life Forms Section on this website. The Office of Student Life will share this information, copies of any travel waivers, itineraries, contact information, etc. with the University Police and the Office of the Vice President for Student Services. University vehicles may be reserved from the Physical Plant through the Student Life Office. University owned or leased vehicles may only be driven by university employees and only drivers who are university employees are covered by university or system insurance. If private vehicles are used, the owners of those vehicles are entitled to reimbursement for mileage at the state rate, however, be aware that private vehicles and most rental vehicles are NOT covered by university or system insurance. University vehicles are reserved by the entire university community on a first come, first served basis, by Physical Plant so plan ahead. Consider airline or bus transportation for longer trips, where student drivers may be too fatigued from participation in the event to be able to perform as your group’s chauffer. Fifteen passenger vans have a high center of gravity and are more likely to tip over when full than when empty; corners and curves must be taken more slowly and carefully than regular passenger vehicles.

Special event medical insurance is available through Mega Insurance, the same provider of student health insurance for the U.T. System. Special event insurance is required for all potentially dangerous activities such as camping, hiking, rock climbing, snow skiing, or water sports. It is recommended that special event insurance be used even when not required. The cost is two dollars per student, per day. (If your organization requires any travel, consult the UTPB Handbook of Operating Procedures).

The UTPB Student Services has funds set aside for group travel to conferences, but those funds are not unlimited. In addition to applying supplemental funds, groups should consider planning fund-raising activities well in advance of travel. Since neither Student Services funds nor fund-raisers are guaranteed monies, organizations should have alternate means of funding travel through dues, individual traveler fees, or other means. Whatever means of travel are selected, your organization should plan for potential emergencies. Individual drivers, student organizations, advisors, the university, and potentially the State of Texas may be sued by injured parties in the event of an accident. Many insurance companies sell individual trip or individual event insurance. This is an excellent way to limit the cost to your club, your advisor, or your university, by purchasing a liability insurance policy. Because individual students also have emergencies, you might consider requiring a trip deposit to be paid by all group members who plan to travel. This will help defray the lost travel and conference registration costs for students who must withdraw at the last minute.

Selection of Drivers

Whether your organization decides to use university vehicles or private vehicles, you should consider how you will choose your drivers. You may decide to ask for state department of motor vehicles’ reports on any potential drivers, proof of insurance, proof of mechanical trustworthiness and inspection stickers of private vehicles. Organization officers and advisors may also wish to confer about the trustworthiness of potential drivers from their experience with those students’ behavior and judgment. Although it is not required, it is recommended that all UTPB organization advisors travel with their students. When university vehicles are used, only university employees may legally drive them. If private vehicles are used, the owner is entitled to reimbursement for mileage at the state rate, however, no university, state, or system insurance will cover the vehicle, driver, or passengers.

Travel Waivers

Assumption of risk forms are another way to try and reduce the liability of your organization, advisor, and the university. These forms serve primarily to advise potential travelers of the risks involved in any mode of travel, to remind all group members of the necessity for caution while traveling, and to advise travelers of the importance of having their personal insurance up to date in case they are injured while away from home.

Travel waivers also remind travelers that the activity being attended is voluntary. Waivers or assumption of risk forms should also ask travelers to list any personal health problems which the advisor or other club members should be aware of, medications required, personal health insurance company and policy number(s), and notification information for next of kin. If student travelers are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must sign the waiver or assumption of risk form before the minor student will be allowed to travel, and this signature must be notarized.

Copies of travel waivers should be left with the Student Life Office and another copy should accompany each vehicle or each group traveling, especially if particular health and insurance information is given on the travel waivers.

Safety Education

Student organization advisors should provide some type of safety meeting to discuss the specific, general, and potential hazards associated with organization travel. This type of safety education should remind individual organization members of their potential liability for injury of others, whether during travel or during specific activities such as rock climbing, camping, athletic activities, etc.

A pre-departure meeting should also be scheduled for your group, so that the advisor or organization officers in charge can inform travelers of the itinerary, costs, expectations of behavior, type of clothing to pack for conference or specific activities during the trip, emergency procedures in case of accident, etc. Advisors should specify expectations regarding alcohol or other drug use during travel and at the event, as well as consideration of other state’s laws regarding alcohol or other drug consumption or possession. Remind students that while traveling and while at the planned conference or event, they will be representing their organization, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, and possibly the State of Texas.

Supplies

Advisors and organization members should plan for first aid kits, battery jumper cables, cell phones, credit cards, drinking water, flashlights, maps, radiator coolant, spare tires and related equipment, and emergency phone numbers to have on hand in each vehicle or with each group traveling separately on public transportation.

The UTPB Police should also be notified of the nature of your travel, routes planned, planned departure and return dates, contact information for your group while traveling (cell phone numbers, hotel or motel phone numbers while at a conference, etc.), and each individual traveling with your group should inform his or her parents, guardians, or next of kin about the nature of travel.

Contracts

In booking transportation or signing agreements required for conference attendance, lodging at campsites, hotels, or motels, or for any entertainment activities, it is important to remember that students cannot sign contracts on behalf of the university. Any agreements which may require any type of performance, financial or otherwise, on the part of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin must be reviewed by our purchasing department and will be signed by someone in the vice president for business affairs office who is authorized to sign contracts for the university.

In the case of travel emergencies, advisors and organization members must remember that rental car, medical services, or any other unforeseen emergency agreements can only be signed on an individual basis or between your organization and the service-providing agency. The university may refuse to compensate any organization which negotiates a contract without the express written approval of the vice president for business affairs office.

Important Phone Numbers to Take on Your Trip

Office of Student Life 432-552-2650
Senior Associate Vice President for Student Services 432-552-2600
Vice President for Business Services 432-552-2700
University Police 432-552-2787

Post-travel Evaluation

The organization advisor, drivers, and key organization planners should meet to evaluate all aspects of the organization’s trip, but should focus especially on the effectiveness of your safety planning measures.

Safe Driving Practices

Use common sense in all unique travel situations:

  • Obey all traffic laws, especially speed limits
  • All passengers and drivers must wear seatbelts
  • No horseplay or racing
  • Plan routes in advance; carpool and caravan where possible
  • Stop for coffee and rest breaks approximately every 90 minutes
  • Do not consume, possess, or transport alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Always have an alert passenger sitting up front with the driver to keep driver awake
  • Do not drive between 12:00 a.m. (midnight) and 6:00 a.m. without advisor approval
  • Drivers must pull over if drowsy and allow another organization approved driver take over
  • If an accident or breakdown occurs, pull well off the road and post flares or reflective signs
  • Follow all DPS driving rules and safety tips Emergency Procedures
  • Contact your advisor
  • Contact local police and complete accident report
  • Contact insurance company
  • Obtain names and addresses of all accident/incident witnesses
  • Do not make any statements concerning responsibility for accidents
  • Do cooperate with police; they will make determinations of fault
  • Do not offer to pay others for damages
  • Follow all procedures given in university vehicle packets

Copyrighted Materials and Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material may subject students to disciplinary action and civil and criminal penalties. Information concerning the legal consequences of such violations may be found in Title 17 of the United States Code, Circular 92, http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap5.html#504.

File-sharing programs are not necessarily harmless and in using them you may inadvertently consume excessive network bandwidth, violate copyright law, inadvertently share confidential information or make your computer unsecured. Disproportionate bandwidth usage and copyright infringement are violations of the University’s rules for acceptable use of information technology.

Students should be aware that university networks and computers connected to the university networks are monitored by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and other copyright protection agencies. If you install peer-to-peer file sharing software on your computer you “open” your computer to monitoring by these agencies. If the university receives a notice from one of these agencies alleging a copyright violation associated with your computer, your network connectivity will be limited to local resources. This limitation will continue until you have discussed the situation with the UTPB Dean of Students. Repeat offenders are subject to disciplinary actions up to and including expulsion from the University.

Campus Solicitations

No solicitation shall be conducted on any property, street, sidewalk, or in any building, structure, or facility owned or controlled by the University unless permitted by the Regents Rules and Regulations. “Solicitation,” as defined in Rule 80103 of the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System, means the sale, lease, rental or offer for sale, lease, rental of any property, product, merchandise, publication or service, whether for immediate or future delivery, an oral statement or the distribution or display of printed material, merchandise or products that is designed to encourage the purchase, use or rental of any property, product, merchandise, publication or service, the receipt of or request for any gift or contribution, or the request to support or oppose or to vote for or against a candidate, issue or proposition appearing on the ballot at any election held pursuant to state or federal law or local ordinances. The Regents’ Rules and Regulations may be accessed at the following Web site: www.utsystem.edu/bor/rules.htm.

Fire Safety

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin holds fire safety as one the fundamental parts to providing everyone a safe environment. Everyone at our campus is encouraged to practice safety. If an incident occurs individuals are asked to promptly report the issue to any administrative university official. Information about fire safety policies, procedures, and reporting requirements can be found at http://www.utpb.edu/services/business-affairs/environmental-health-safety/fire-reporting-

University Fire Warning System

The UTPB campus fire alarm system is continually monitored by GE Fire Works graphical interface system. This system operates on a fiber optic loop connected to every building fire panel on the UTPB campus. This system has simultaneous reporting capacity to the City of Odessa Dispatch for the Main campus, City of Midland Dispatch for the Midland Campus and University Police and EH&S via a class B fiber optics network. Environmental Health & Safety oversees a fire and life safety system that has over 1,600 alarm fire alarm initiating devices, 600 portable fire extinguishers, and 41 buildings with sprinkler systems as well as 4 special hazard systems.

Emergency Alert System

Falcon Alert is an emergency notification service that gives UTPB administration the ability to communicate health, safety, or other emergency information quickly- via text message and email. All students are automatically enrolled in Falcon Alert and may opt out by visiting www.utpb.edu/emergency/ and clicking on Falcon Alert.

False Reports

A person commits an offense under Section 42.06, Texas Penal Code, if he knowingly initiates, communicates or circulates a report of a present, past, or future bombing, fire, offense, or other emergency that he knows is false or baseless and that would ordinarily: (1) cause action by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies; (2) place a person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; or (3) prevent or interrupt the occupation of a building, room, place of assembly, place to which the public has access, or aircraft, automobile, or other mode of conveyance. The offense under Section 42.06, Texas Penal Code, of making such a false alarm or report involving a public or private institution of higher education is a state jail felony. An individual adjudged guilty of a state jail felony shall be punished by confinement in a state jail for any term of not more than two years or less than 180 days and, in addition to confinement, an individual adjudged guilty of a state jail felony may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.

University Honors Program

The UTPB Honors Program provides a select group of students an academically enriching and intellectually stimulating experience.

Benefits

  • The opportunity to meet in smaller classes with students with similar interests and ability.
  • The opportunity to exercise one’s own initiative rather than always depending on explicit instructions from teachers.
  • Students who graduate in the University Honors Program have that notation recorded on their diplomas and permanent records.
  • Personalized and comprehensive Honors advising.
  • Independent research experience providing excellent preparation for graduate and professional training.

Features of the Program

  • Nine (9) hours of seminar courses – A three-course sequence wherein students learn of the most influential ideas, authors, and trends that have helped to shape the 21st Century world.
  • Six (6) hours of “H-designated” courses – Honors students take two honors-designated upper-division courses in their respective majors.
  • Three (3) hours of Honors Senior Thesis – Students complete an independent senior thesis that builds on the students’ knowledge and interest in a field of study. During the course, students complete a research paper or a creative project.
  • One (1) hour Senior Seminar – Honors students meet once a week to discuss with fellow honor students current topics and ideas as well as their individual projects.

Entrance Requirements

The admission requirements for entering freshmen are:

  • Minimum 3.5 High School GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • 1100 SAT or 24 on ACT
  • Recognized that high school GPAs and standardized tests will not measure each student’s academic capabilities and talents. Therefore, a student who does not meet the initial requirements may submit an application to the Honors Program. These students must also submit two letters of recommendation from former teachers. These students must still write the mandatory essay.
  • Automatic admission to the Honors Program will be granted to any student who:
  • Is a National Merit Scholar
  • Is a Hispanic Merit Scholar
  • Has earned an International Baccalaureate degree

Honor Course Listing

UNIV 1301 Honors Freshman Seminar I  

This constitutes the first in a three-part series of courses required for students enrolled in the University’s Honors Program. In this course, students will learn of the most influential ideas, authors, and trends that have helped to shape the 21st Century world. Admission to the University’s Honors Program is required before enrolling in this course.

UNIV 1302 Honors Freshman Seminar II  

This constitutes the second in a three-part series of courses required for students enrolled in the University’s Honors Program. In this course, students will learn of the most influential ideas, authors, and trends that have helped to shape the 21st Century world. Successful completion of Honors Freshman Seminar I (UNIV 1301) is required before enrolling in this course.

UNIV 2301 Honors Sophomore Seminar I  

This constitutes the third in a three-part series of courses required for students enrolled in the University’s Honors Program. In this course, students will learn of the most influential ideas, authors, and trends that have helped to shape the 21st Century world. Successful completion of Honors Freshman Seminar II (UNIV 1302) is required before enrolling in this course.

Additional Facilities and Student Information

Gymnasium/Pool Complex

This three-story building is designed for recreational use by students, faculty and staff and their families.

The Gymnasium/Pool Complex consists of four racquetball courts, two volleyball, badminton courts, and three basketball courts. The complex has an exercise room equipped with free weights and a full set of station weight machines. In addition, there is a lighted athletic field, four lighted tennis courts, and 3.5 miles of walking, jogging and skating trails. The Olympic-size swimming pool is the largest outdoor pool in Odessa. It is heated for comfort and has certified lifeguards on duty during operating hours. The pool is open mid-March through mid-October.

Student Publications

The Office of Student Services supports the dissemination of news and information of student interest and the publication of literary and artistic student work. The Sandstorm, an annual magazine-yearbook publication, is a collection of poems, short stories, and essays submitted by students and selected by a panel for publication. The magazine also prints photographs of student art that includes painting, sculpture, pottery and photography. The editor and staff of this student publication are selected from the student body. Applications for editor are accepted from returning students and incoming students with publication experience. The Mesa Journal, the student newspaper for U. T. Permian Basin publishes news and information regarding the University, its students, and national or international news that affect the University community. The Mesa Journal provides an opportunity for students to gain newspaper journalism experience while attending the University. The editor and staff for The Mesa Journal are selected from the student body.

Definitions of Academic Terminology

BA Bachelor of Arts
BAAS Bachelor of Arts in Applied Sciences
BBA Bachelor of Business Administration
BFA Bachelor of Fine Arts
BM Bachelor of Music
BS Bachelor of Science
BSN Bachelor of Nursing
BSW Bachelor of Social Work
ExCET Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas
FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
GPA Grade point average
PASS Programs Assisting Students Study
REACH Regional Electronic Academic Communications Highway
SCH Semester credit hour(s)
TCCNS Texas Common Core Numbering System
TExES Texas Examinations of Educator Standards
TOPT Texas Oral Proficiency Test
TSI Texas Success Initiative
UTOC University of Texas Consortium online program