Information and Community Standards for Residence Halls

A Guide to On-Campus Living

Mission Statement

Residential Life strives to complement the educational and service goals of New Mexico Tech by promoting personal growth and social awareness while enhancing student learning.  Joining with students, we strive to create safe and supportive opportunities for the development of interpersonal and leadership skills in a residential environment.


Every successful residence hall depends on residents understanding different lifestyles and respecting the rights of others. Listed below are rights and courtesies to help you, your roommate, and other hall residents adjust to the community living environment.

  • Residents have the right to study and sleep without interference, noise or distractions.
  • Residents have the right to personal privacy.
  • Residents have the right to live in a clean environment.
  • Residents have the right to have guests, but must take responsibility for their guests' behavior.
  • Residents have the right to express concerns to the Residential Life staff.
  • Residents must respect their roommates and their belongings.
  • Residents have the right to their own unique interests and values.
  • Residents have the right to be free from intimidation and physical or emotional harm.
  • Residents have the right to be treated as they want to be treated.


All the residence halls have Resident Assistants (RAs) who are upper-class students. RAs at Tech play many different roles:

  • Peer counselors
  • Resource people
  • Mentors
  • Educators
  • Programmers
  • Advocates

RAs spend a significant amount of time getting to know students on an individual basis as well as working to bring residents together to create a positive floor and hall community. Your RA has not only experienced the day-to-day problems and anxieties that you may encounter as a student, but has been specially trained to help you handle them. RAs are there to help you adapt to your living and academic environment. They can guide you through the many issues that confront today's college student, such as academic difficulties, social life, and personal problems.

RAs also lead various activities that allow you an opportunity to meet and interact with other students at Tech. You will have many opportunities to take part in a variety of activities that will help you grow socially, academically and culturally. The RAs are committed to helping you to achieve the best college experience by keeping you connected to all the opportunities Tech and the surrounding community have to offer.

RAs are staff members of New Mexico Tech. Residents must comply with any reasonable request by the RA. Failure to do so could be a policy violation.




For students who are academically suspended at the end of the spring semester. Residential Life will hold your Fall room reservations if a request for an academic appeal with the Registrar's office is filed by July 1st (Summer room reservation is June 1st).

  • If you do not file an academic appeal by July 1st (or June 1st for summer term), your housing contract will be cancelled.
  • If the appeal is declined, the room is immediately cancelled and you have 24 hours to vacate the room.

For students who are academically suspended at the end of the fall semester. Your spring room reservations will be cancelled if you do not file an appeal with the Registrar's office by December 31st.

  • The student who does not file an appeal must vacate their room at least a week before the spring semester starts (dates vary each year).          
  • If the student appeals, but it is not granted, the student will be required to vacate 24 hours after notification.


Board (Meal Plan) Cancellation Policy:

  • Board Plan changes (from one plan type to another) may only be made during the first week of the semester. The ability to change or cancel your meal plan cease on the Friday of the first week of classes.


Residence Hall Cancellation Policy: See link at main page.


Term dates are available on the Residential Life web site.



All doors (except Mountain Springs Apartments) in student housing are equipped with a card access locks. These locks read the information stored on the magnetic strip of your ID card. There are four possible sequences of lights that will occur after you insert and remove your card from a reader:   

  • Green light: your card has been accepted and the door is now unlocked.            
  • Double green light: the door is unlocked until you key the door twice. This feature is available only in the     personal rooms of the student apartments and other select locations.          
  • Green light and flashing Red: The batteries in the lock are running low and need to be changed. Please contact your RA so they can submit a work order.          
  • Red and Green light: Your card is expired, you need to have it updated as the door will not unlock.          
  • Red light: You don’t have permission to access this room.

Expiration dates:

  • Residents' cards will be active for room access from the day you get your card encoded at the Residential Life office to 5pm on the Saturday after finals. Residents staying in Family Housing may come by the office to get their card reencoded the week before their card is set to expire to get an extension.

Lost Card

If you lose your ID/key you need to do two things: Come to the Residential Life office immediately to get a temporary key-card. This key-card will only work till noon the next business day. During this time you need to go to the Registrar’s Office and purchase a new ID and have it encoded in the Residential Life Office as soon as possible. As soon as a new key-card is used to access a door, the old key-card will no longer work.

Lost Key (Mountain Springs Residents Only)

If you lose your key please come to the residential life office right away (if during business hours). We will issue you a temp key. If you cannot find your key within 48 hours after you have lost it, then your lock will be replaced and new keys will be made. A $100 will be charged to your account. If you lose your key after business hours then find an RA or call Campus Police to get assistance.

Responsibility of ID Card and/or Key

Students are not allowed to give their ID card or key to another individual. Allowing others to use your ID card or key compromises the safety and security of the residence halls and apartments. Residents allowing others to gain access to their room/apartment by this process may be evicted immediately from their housing.

Dining Room

All students on a meal plan will be required to use their Student ID to enter the dining room. Students entering the dining room will give their ID to the Chartwells staff to verify the ID matches the person entering; they will then swipe your card to verify you are on an active meal plan. If you do not have your ID, you will be required to get it before being allowed in the dining room.  You may swipe your ID card to treat guests, friends, and family to meals in the dining room, limited to eight meals per meal time.

Students are asked to be conscientious that wasting food, removing dishes from the dining room, and vandalizing dining room property results in increased cost for everyone.

Behavior that compromises the sanitation of the food service area and dining room will be addressed by food service management and/or Residential Life Staff.


If you need urgent assistance, contact one of the Resident Assistants. If they are unavailable, contact the:

Residential Life Office 575-835-5900 (8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday)
Campus Police 575-835-5434 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)


First ask your RA to let you in your room. If your RA is unavailable: 1) Come to the Residential Life Office, (between 8am - 5pm, Mon.- Fri.); 2) if Res. Life is not open, call Campus Police, x5434 and ask to have the on-call RA paged. Allow up 30 minutes for the RA on call to be located and informed of the situation. If you habitually get locked out of your room/apartment, the Residential Life office may decide to charge you up to $5 each time a staff member lets you in to your room.


Phone are no longer provided in your room.  If you wish to make local or long distance calls from your room you will need to contact the ISD department on campus (575-835-5700).


Daily mail will be placed in your post office box. The Post Office is located in the Fidel Center. If you receive a package, you will find a notice in your box. You must pick up all packages at the Post Office. All personal packages must be sent to your personal box and not to the Residential Life Office. Any packages that require a physical address cannot be sent to you (i.e. UPS, Fed Ex, etc.).

Your address should appear as follows:

    Your Name
    New Mexico Tech
    Box Number
    Socorro, NM 87801


Tech shall perform all maintenance to the rooms/apartments; however, the Resident will be charged for maintenance due to his/her negligence except that which is normal or routine and in conjunction therewith.  Tech shall have the right through its agents and employees to enter the room/apartment for the purpose of examining, inspecting and maintaining same. Residents are responsible to maintain college property in a clean, sanitary, and safe fashion.

All maintenance work orders for your room/apartment, etc. should be directed to your RA or the Residential Life Office. Allow sufficient time for the request to be completed. If the request is not repaired by the end of the following day, put in a second request. Communication with the Residential Life staff is important to determine the status of all work orders. If maintenance personal respond to a work order and is turned away, a $50 refusal of service fee may be charged to the student’s account.

For emergency after hours and weekend work orders, inform your RA or call Campus Police. Facilities Management will respond to maintenance emergencies (power outages, leaking water, etc.)


We realize that some residents prefer to maintain their own vehicles including changing your oil on a regular basis.  Facilities Management has agreed to allow you to use space by their garage in order for you to change your oil.  This will prevent large oil messes from occurring in the parking lots and offers you a location to discard your old oil.   Please do not use the parking lots for changing your oil. You will be responsible for providing your own ramps, oil pan, etc.  Please contact your RA or the Residential Life Office if you have questions.


There are no parking fees or designated areas to park on campus; however, you are expected to register your vehicle with Campus Police.  Cars/trucks illegally parked in handicapped spaces, fire lanes, or other designated “No Parking” spaces are subject to being ticketed and/or towed at the owner’s personal expense.   Vehicle owners are responsible for cleaning up any mess left in the parking lot from their vehicle (mud, oil, litter, etc). Desert Willow Apartments do have desginated spots for each unit. Residents are expected to park only in their designated spots. Guests should park along the road or the cul de sac.



Any publicity must be on a bulletin board or a student’s door. Publicity is not permitted on walls, windows, door windows, etc. Advertising of events involving the sale of alcohol or illegal drugs is not permitted.  You must submit all publicity to the Residential Life Office for approval. 


The following guidelines and rules shall apply to residents and their guests in the residence halls/apartments and their environments:

  • The consumption and storage of alcohol in the residence halls may only occur if all of the following circumstances exist:
    1.      Both residents occupying the room are 21.
    2.      Everyone in the room is 21.
    3.      The door and blinds to the room are closed.
    4.      The residents and/or guest(s) are not causing a disturbance to the rest of the facility.
    5.      Non-resident guests are also responsible for following this policy and will be subject to disciplinary action.

    *Please note that Baca Hall is an alcohol free hall where no alcohol is permitted on the premises.

  • If you are found to be violating the alcohol policy of New Mexico Tech the following can occur:

             1. All alcohol (open or unopened) will be confiscated
             2. Campus police can be called to cite all individuals in the room
             3. Full incident report filed with subsequence disciplinary actions and sanctions issued from the Dean of Students' Office.

  • New Mexico Tech students who are 21 years of age and older may consume alcohol in private residence hall/apartment rooms as long as they do so in moderation and in a way that does not cause a disturbance or significant concern for other residents or the Resident Assistant. Kegs (party kegs, pony kegs, party balls, etc.) are expressly prohibited. All students attending an activity where alcohol beverages are served, consumed, or present must maintain on their person a clear means of picture identification as appropriate proof of age.
  • Individual room residents are charged with the responsibility for the conduct of their guests and must act to ensure that the relevant New Mexico laws and New Mexico Tech rules are observed by their guests.  However, if off-campus guests are in violation of Residential Life policies, they may be excluded from visiting the halls.
  • Resident Assistants are bound by the same rules and regulations as other students.
  • A student objecting to the consumption of alcohol by his/her roommate will be given priority in seeking acceptable on-campus housing.
  • The selling, direct or indirect, of alcoholic beverages in the residence halls is prohibited.
  • The possession/collection of empty alcohol containers is prohibited for students under the age of 21.
  • Students of legal drinking age must dispose of any empty alcohol containers promptly.
  • Manufacturing or producing alcohol in the Residence Halls or Apartments is not permitted.
  • Students and guests must abide by State laws as well as New Mexico Tech campus rules and regulations regarding the purchase, possession, transportation and consumption of controlled alcohol-containing beverages.
  • Students and guests who refuse to recognize and obey the authority of the Resident Assistants or Campus Police Officers risk arrest and/or prosecution. 

Reminder about the Open Container Law:

Alcohol cannot be consumed or carried in any open containers on any street, sidewalk, alley, automobile, or other public place within the State of New Mexico. The law applies to all areas of campus unless the area is a licensed facility and the required permission has been officially granted.


Restrooms that are designated for a specific gender, on a single-gender floor, should only be used by that designated gender.  Members of the opposite gender will be documented for misuse of the facilities and/or the host of the opposite gender guest will be held accountable for a violation of the community standard.


Bikes, skateboards, in-line skates, and other wheeled modes of transportation are not permitted in the common areas, balconies, or any overhang area of any residence hall/apartment. Designated bike racks are located outside of each residence hall. Cleaning and repair costs to tile floors, carpets, and walls caused by rubber wheels or tires will be charged to the student or students responsible.


Used hypodermic needles and other items deemed to be "biohazards" must be disposed of in a safe, proper manner. Any person throwing exposed needles to the dumpster or endangering the public in anyway to a biohazard will be found in violation of Residential Life policy.



Bomb threats and/or placement of bombs or intentional facsimiles of such devices in college housing or college property is prohibited. Violation of this policy will result in eviction from the residence halls. Call 911 if you receive a bomb threat.


Residents are required to check out of their rooms by 5:00pm Saturday (Friday for Summer semester) of finals week. Any student not checked out with a Residential Life staff member by that time is subject to an “improper check-out” fee of $50. Any items left in the room after check-out deadline becomes the property of New Mexico Tech and you will be responsible for the cost associated with cleaning, storing, or moving the items.  Abandoned property with a value of less than $100 at the time of purchase may be disposed of immediately after check-out.  Abandoned property with value greater than $100 at the time of purchase will be stored for thirty days.  Storage and disposal fees will be charged the student's account. You must set up a time with your RA at least 24 hours ahead of the time you wish to check-out of your room. 


Personal Living Quarters:

At the time of check-in, each resident must sign a detailed room condition report documenting any existing damages. Each student will receive a copy of the form at the time of check-in. The check-out portion of the form will be completed when the resident prepares to move out of the room. Any repairs or damages to the room or it’s furnishings beyond normal wear will be assessed to the resident who is responsible or to all residents of the room or apartment if the individual responsible can not be determined.

Common Areas:

In public or common areas of Residence Halls or Student Apartments (lounges, hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, elevators, and stairwells) the replacement or repair costs for damages are assessed to an individual when responsibility can be determined. However, when individual responsibility cannot be determined for damages, the residents of the floor, wing, entire hall or apartment, are collectively responsible for repair costs. This action of “collective billing” or “corporate responsibility” is taken by the Director of Residential Life. All damages are assessed and forwarded to the Business Office and will be charged to each individual’s account.


Doors in Driscoll, Presidents’ and West Halls are locked 24 hours a day for residents' safety and security. Do not prop open the door for any reason. When expecting the arrival of guests, have them call ahead of time and then wait for the arrival. Do not give anyone the exit key to your hall, as you are responsible for the key. If you have come upon on a door that has been propped open, please remove the prop and shut the door.


New Mexico Tech does not condone the possession, use, distribution, or being under the influence of illegal drugs or controlled substances. The misuse of prescription drugs or other legal uncontrolled substances in or around the residence hall/apartment communities will also not be tolerated. Please understand that this standard applies to drugs, controlled substances and/or related paraphernalia. Any individual known to be in violation of this policy is subject to criminal and/or disciplinary action, including eviction, and possible arrest, imprisonment, or fine according to state law.  New Mexico Tech does not honor medical marijuana cards in the Residence Halls.
Students in violation of the Alcohol and Drug community standards, depending on severity and number of infractions, are subject to dismissal from the residence halls. Those students dismissed from the hall on an alcohol or drug policy violation will be given 24-hours to check out of their room.


New Mexico Tech has a commitment to providing students with a safe and comfortable environment in which to live and learn. One aspect of this commitment is a dedication to fire safety.  A list of all prohibited fire danger items are listed in the "Prohibited Items" section of this webpage (below).

Regardless of the frequency of alarms, participation in evacuation procedures is mandatory. Failure to comply may result in dismissal from the residence halls. Fire drills will be conducted in residences at least twice per semester. Evacauation procedures are posted in all the halls. Residential Life staff will generally check all rooms during drills.

All students and guests are prohibited from intentionally or maliciously setting fires; falsely reporting a fire (a felony); removing or discharging fire extinguishers without cause; tampering with safety or fire-fighting equipment; failing to immediately vacate a building at the sound of a fire alarm; hampering fire evacuation or investigation procedures; fastening stair doors, exit doors, or area doors in an open position; failing to keep corridors, stairwells, and public areas free of obstacles; using or possessing candles, oil warmers, incense or other items that produce burning embers or flames; using or possessing space heaters or halogen bulbs/lamps; using or possessing electrical appliances or tools with an open or exposed heating element other than those provided by Tech in apartment residences; portable air conditioners or any, electrical devices lacking a UL (Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.) ratings; using electrical equipment in a manner other than the designed use; hanging items such as decorations from doors, windows or their frames in a manner that may impede exit; covering greater than 25% of any wall within a bedroom or common area; hanging objects from the ceilings; covering fire system equipment, bringing ―live cut" trees or shrubs (such as Christmas trees) or combustible decorations into residential facilities. Curtains must be flame resistant (per NFPA 701). Upholstered furniture must be flame resistant (labeled CAL 133). Extension cords, multi-plug adapters and plugging one power strip into another one (―piggy-backing) are prohibited. Power strips must be UL approved, grounded, 3-prong, 12 or 14-gauge, and equipped with an over current surge protector. 


Residents are permitted to have personal refrigerators in their bedrooms, provided the appliance is in good working condition with: a capacity of 6 cubic feet or less, 3 amperes or below and using no more than 700 watts. Cooking is prohibited in all student rooms/common areas other than in the kitchens areas of Driscoll Hall and apartment residences where cooking is permitted under the following conditions: All appliances provided by the college or brought in by residents are only to be used for their intended purposes. Stove, ovens and microwaves should NEVER be used when unattended. Residents who don’t use appliances in an appropriate manner may lose the use of college-furnished appliances or they may be directed to remove certain appliances. If any Residential Life staff member deems any appliance or other item in a building to present a danger, residents may be asked to remove it immediately. The number of occupants at any time in a double-occupancy in any campus bedroom may not exceed 8. The number of occupants at any time in any single bedroom including those in apartment style buildings may not exceed 3. The number of occupants at any time in any bedroom or suite may not exceed the number of residents assigned to that living unit, plus two guests each.



Pornographic or X-rated materials (movies, literature, and videos) are prohibited in public areas. No pornographic pictures are allowed to be displayed on room doors facing the hallways or facing out your windows. Please don’t display inappropriate or objectionable window or door decorations. Final judgment in this regard will be made by the Residential Life Staff. 


Wagering involving the exchange of money or goods is prohibited on campus.


All guests on campus at any time must conform to all college regulations. Those who do not will be required to leave. In the event of law violation or noncompliance with a request to leave, he/she shall be considered a trespasser and Campus Police will be notified. A residence hall guest is any person other than a registered resident of the building in which that person is located [for any period of time] at all Tech residences. Guests must have a valid form of picture ID (drivers license, school ID, etc) in their possession while in any college residence. Permission must be secured from each resident of a room/apartment before a guest may remain. An overnight guest is any person who is not a resident of residence hall and who visits/remains in the building between midnight and 7 AM regardless of whether they plan to sleep during the stay. All non-residents must be escorted by a building resident at all times. At no time is a non-resident allowed to walk through any hallways, lounges, or other public areas of the building without being in the company of the host he/she is visiting. Overnight guests may not stay longer than two consecutive nights or five nights per month in the traditional residence halls, unless authorized by the Hall Coordinator. In apartments, each guest is limited to two overnight visits with a resident within a 7-day period. The maximum number of overnight guests in any individual student room is limited to two. Guests under 17 years of age must be directly related to their host and must obtain permission from the Residential Life Office prior to their arrival. At no time is it acceptable that a resident be deprived of sleep, privacy or study accommodations due to the presence of another’s guest. Students who are banned from New Mexico Tech are not allowed to be in/around any college residences including our student apartments. Residential Life Staff have full authority to limit guests in a room, reject guests, or dismiss guests, if, in their judgment, the health and safety of students is being jeopardized and/or reasonable standards of behavior are being violated.


The common furniture is for all residents in your hall, borrowing or taking furniture is considered a theft and will be dealt with in that way. Please do not remove it from designated areas. If furniture is missing from common areas, the wing, hall or apartment will be charged for replacement.


Driscoll Hall has a community kitchen. The residents in Driscoll will be issued access to the kitchen at the student’s request. The student will assume responsibility for all cleaning of the kitchen. If the kitchen is not kept clean, the privilege will be revoked. The RAs supervising the kitchen will set up a cleaning schedule to insure regular and proper cleaning of these areas.



Most of the beds have the capability to be bunked. However you may not build a loft for your bed.


New Mexico Tech will make every reasonable effort to protect the personal property of residents, but will not be liable for articles lost, stolen, or damaged by fire, water, heat and/or natural disasters. Students should mark personal items with an individualized descriptor (initials, etc). Students are encouraged to consult their or their parents' home owner's insurance policy and/or consider purchasing renter's insurance to cover the loss or damage to personal property.

New Mexico Tech will not be responsible for damages to electrical equipment (computers, microwaves, TV’s, etc.) due to power surges caused by room overloads. Students must provide their own surge protectors.


No pets of any kind, including fish, are allowed in any of the residence halls or apartments. No exceptions are made to this policy regardless of the pet size or emotional relation. This policy is strictly enforced. Violation of this policy may result in dismissal from the halls or apartments.

Pets are not allowed in student housing because of the problems associated with them. Many pets can pose a serious health/safety hazard in the case of venomous or aggressive animals. In addition to this, many people have allergies to different types of animals. Pets such as snakes and rodents are notorious for escaping and are very difficult to capture. Animals such as dogs and cats tend to cause unneeded noise in the halls in addition to posing a sanitation problem when dealing with pet “by-products”. Fish and amphibians require extensive cleaning of their habitat.


Students' right to quiet study, sleep and privacy in college housing is important and will be respected. “Courtesy Hours” are in effect 24 hours per day and at no time should noise reach a level that disturb other members of the community. Specific quiet hours are set to ensure an academic atmosphere. Quiet hours are 10:00pm until 8:00am Sunday through Thursday and midnight until 10:00am Friday and Saturday. Noise that is determined by the Residential Life staff to be excessive and disturbing to the residence hall environment will not be tolerated. Please respect and be courteous of other students' rights to a quiet environment. Baca Hall has 24-hour quiet hours.


Students are guaranteed the reasonable privacy of their room and belongings. However, under specific guidelines, rooms may be entered and inspected by New Mexico Tech staff members. These guidelines include, but are not limited to: cases of emergency, need for repairs, health and safety inspections, and when probable cause exists to indicate that a violation of college regulation, federal, state or local laws may be taking place in the room. This right is exercised with great discretion.


Residents/occupants are not allowed to paint, alter, repair or remodel any room or public area in the residence hall and apartments without prior approval from the Director of Residential Life. Damages will be assessed to the residents concerned.


New Mexico Tech personnel reserve the right to enter and inspect students’ room for suspected violation of college rules and regulations, to determine the condition of safety, to be sure that health standards are being maintained, and perform maintenance as required. Student rooms will be entered and the students’ privacy protected in accordance with state law. Announcement will be made before periodic inspection. While recommended, it is not necessary for the student to be present at the time of the room inspection or repair of the room. Fire drill checks during fire drills will also warrant entry and inspection. Rooms may be entered for the purpose of determining if all residents have evacuated. Failure to evacuate the building during a fire drill will result in discipline sanctions and possible legal prosecution.

Situations which warrant entrance into rooms by New Mexico Tech:

  • Occupant verbally calls for help, or other noise coming from the room that would lead a person to believe the occupants are in danger.
  • Occupant is believed to have been missing for two or more days for an unknown reason, and/or is reported missing by roommate or a call of concern.
  • Imminent danger threatening residents (fire, bombs, smoke, gas, electricity, lack of heat, too much heat, trespassers, etc.).
  • The room and/or occupant’s belongings are threatened by hazards.
  • Conditions in a room are an annoyance to other residents, i.e., radios, phones, alarm clocks, stereos, intrusive odors, loud noises, etc.

If a resident’s room is below a reasonable standard of cleanliness, she/he will be advised that corrective measures should be taken. Failure to make suggested corrections within 48 hours may result in eviction.

Room Entry:

In case of emergency, or because of a (suspected) dangerous trespasser, or (suspected) violation or policy, staff members will knock and proclaim entry, but need not receive verbal permission before entering. If, in the mind of the staff member in charge, the danger is of sufficient magnitude, and if s/he is reasonably sure that the occupant or college property is in danger or laws are being broken the staff member then may enter the room.

If an occupant is not present, a staff member will enter with another staff member or resident whenever possible.

New Mexico Tech reserves the right to:

  • Inspect/search individual rooms in cases where there is reasonable cause to believe the occupant has concealed within the room, property or possessions of which is a violation of college regulations or municipal, state, federal law.
  • Request a search warrant from Socorro Police Department or Socorro County Sheriff’s Department when there is probable cause to believe a violation of municipal or state law has occurred or the occupant has concealed within the room property which is in violation of municipal, state, or federal law.


Part of the educational mission of the university is to develop an inclusive learning environment and suggests that students have goals and objectives. In achieving these goals and objectives, it is necessary to refrain from behaviors that interfere with the educational mission. New Mexico Tech is committed to the goal of helping students succeed in college by removing barriers to success and remains fundamentally concerned about the physical and psychological welfare of all its students. Careless conduct, which creates an unnecessary risk of physical harm to self or others, or actions which disrupt the life of the academic and/or residential community, will not be tolerated. Residential Life Staff will decide what type of response will be appropriate for the specific situation after the investigation of facts has occurred.  Students are encouraged to report potentially harmful situations if they are aware of them. 


Sexual harassment is unsolicited attention directed towards a person’s sexuality or sexual identity. Sexual harassment can occur student to student or faculty/staff to student or student to faculty/staff. Grievances involving sexual harassment should be brought to the Affirmative Action Office located in Fitch Hall.


New Mexico Tech has an interest in maintaining a healthy environment for all its residents.  Therefore with guidance from the New Mexico Clean Indoor Air Act, the following policy has been established:

Smoking of tobacco or other products and use of items such as incense, potpourri, candles, cloves, sage and the like are prohibited in all residence halls/apartments as well as within 25 feet of the buildings and air handling equipment (e.g. swamp coolers).   Areas that are prohibited include your room/apartment, lounges, stairwells, fully/partially enclosed walkways/corridors and elevators. E-cigarettes are currently allowed in the residence halls because they emit a vapor.


New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology does not allow door-to-door solicitation of funds, products, or services in the residence halls. If a resident wants to invite an individual into the residential area to demonstrate and sell various items, permission must be obtained from the Residential Life Office. Fundraisers sponsored by campus organizations are permitted in the hall lobbies and main lounges only if cleared by Residential Life Office. Any solicitors should be reported to the Residential Life Staff.


Any item which has been stolen will be confiscated immediately, returned to the proper authorities, and Campus Police will be notified.  These items include, but are not limited to: street signs, campus signs, or any other item belonging to another New Mexico Tech department.  Please keep the proof of purchase for any item that may resemble a public signage or similar items.


No person shall take any any action, create or participate in the creation of any situation which involves acts of manipulation, verbal threats, mistreatments, causing emotional trauma, placing a reasonable person in fear, holding someone against his/her will, bodily injury, or the use of physical means to initiate or resolve conflict. Any action of this nature cannot be tolerated within a residence hall community. Any person willingly engaging in such activity will be dismissed from the residence halls/apartments of New Mexico Tech. If it is determined that both parties were willing participants, then, both will be evicted. Students should immediately report acts of threat or intimidation to the Residential Life Office.


Firearms, fireworks, flares, ammunition, bows/arrows, tools of the martial arts, gunpowder, air soft guns, paintball guns, paintball ammunition, stove fuels, solvents, water balloon launchers, large knives (6”or longer), swords and any other lethal weapons not listed are prohibited in the residence hall rooms. RA’s discretion may be used in determining if other items will be permitted/confiscated. If weapons or explosives of any kind are found in a room, they will be confiscated by local law enforcement. Anyone having any of the above mentioned items in rooms will be subject to immediate removal from the residence halls. Nerf guns are not allowed to be discharged within 50 feet of a residence hall.



Space heaters, toasters, toaster ovens, candles, halogen lamps, lava lamps, firearms (it is a Federal Offense, 4th degree felony to possess a firearm on any school property), weapons, firecrackers, explosives, exterior antennas or satellite dishes, water beds, any open element cooking or heating appliance (e.g. hotplate), most electric cooking utensils (frying pan, woks, griddles, etc.) any appliance pulling more than 3 amps, barbeque grills (charcoal or gas), propane tanks, extension cords, outlet splitters.  This is not an all inclusive list of items that are considered potentially hazardous, and the department reserves the right to prohibit other hazardous items in the best interest of the community.


Computers, refrigerator (3 amps or less), small microwave ovens (700 watts or less), hair dryers, heating pads, stereos, TV, VCR/DVD player, etc.


All room changes must be coordinated through the Residential Life Office. Room changes are generally permitted the second week of the Fall and Spring semester. Room changes are completed by appointments during designated times. Room change requests after the second week of classes will be serviced on a case by case basis. Any roommate conflict should be taken directly to your Resident Assistant. If no solution is agreed upon the conflict will be referred to the Residence Hall Coordinator. 

If you are not assigned a roommate or your roommate changes rooms, you will have three options: You can pay for a super-single room, find someone to move in with you, or move in with someone else. Should you choose the “moving room” option, the Residential Life Office will provide you with a list of students who are in a similar situation and your name and contact information will be shared with those students as well. If you choose not to pay for the super single room, and do not find someone to move in with you, you may be required to move.


Students residing on campus must be considered a regular, full time student.  As described in the New Mexico Tech catalog, full-time regular undergraduate students are those who enroll for 12 or more credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. (this designation does not apply to graduating seniors.)  Full time regular graduate students are enrolled for 9-12 credit hours per fall or spring semesters.  If any student is anticipating to drop below full-time status, they must obtain written permission from the Residential Life Office to allow for an exception to this requirement.  If written permission is not granted, students dropping below the minimum requirements risk termination of their housing contact which would require them to vacate their room or apartment. 




When a resident checks into an apartment it is to be expected that it is a clean place for them to move into. If there are current tenants from previous semesters staying in that apartment it is their responsibility to clean the apartment before their roommates move in. After everyone has moved into the apartment then the tenants can decide how clean to maintain the apartment.



Space heaters, outlet splitters, extension cords, halogen lamps, firearms (it is a Federal Offense, 4th degree felony to possess a firearm on any school property), weapons, firecrackers, candles, explosives, exterior antennas or satellite dishes, water beds, propane tanks, barbeque grills (charcoal or gas) or any source producing an open flame.


Computers, microwave ovens, hair dryers, heating pads, coffee pots, popcorn popper, stereos, TVs, VCR/DVD players, etc.




University provides no supervisory personnel for children on Family Housing property. The Resident is responsible for the supervision and safety of his/her children at all times. If children do become disruptive or continually bother other residents, action may be take by the Residential Life Office.


All Units are equipped with an electric stove, refrigerator, sink, and cabinets. All items should remain in same condition as when the Resident initially moved in. Any damages due to the negligence of the Resident will be charged except ordinary wear and tear. Under no circumstances are appliances to be removed from the premises.


Space heaters, halogen lamps, firearms (it is a Federal Offense, 4th degree felony to possess a firearm on any school property), weapons, firecrackers, candles, explosives, exterior antennas or satellite dishes, water beds, propane tanks, barbeque grills (charcoal or gas) or any item that produces an open flame.


Computers, microwave ovens, hair dryers, heating pads, coffee pots, popcorn popper, stereos, TVs, VCR/DVD players, etc.


Units shall be occupied only by the Resident and members of the immediate family (not to exceed five people) of the Resident and as a strictly private dwelling and for no other purpose prohibited by the Laws of the United States. The Resident shall not commit, permit any objectionable or disorderly, noise or nuisance whatsoever on the premises which disturb or interfere with the rights, comforts or conveniences of other residents. 


Personal items are not allowed to be stored or left on the front porch/walkway. This presents a fire and safety hazard. Items may be kept on the back porches (i.e. bikes, lawn furniture, etc.) although, you are asked to keep this area organized and free of hazards. If a Residential Life staff member feels it is unsafe, then you will be asked to clean up the area.


Resident shall deposit two hundred dollars ($300.00) to be held by the University pending the complete performance of the Agreement by Resident and to be refunded to the Resident less cleaning, damage or other assessments, if any, upon termination of this Agreement. Any cleaning or damage charges to the Resident in excess of the deposit shall be billed to the Resident. 


The resident must actually reside on the premises and be enrolled in a degree program by the University at all times, with no less than six credit hours for graduate students and no less than nine credit hours for undergraduate students, except during summer sessions. All persons residing in family housing must be principal residents or children, spouses or wards of principal residents. If the situation changes, the principal resident has a responsibility to make arrangements with the Residential Life Office, concerning continued occupancy.


Student Housing may not be sublet, doing so could result in dismissal from the apartment.



  • Payment of housing is due at the beginning of each semester.
  • By the Residential Life Office upon one (1) week notice in writing for failure of the Resident to maintain adequate student standing in the University and if the Resident voluntarily withdraws from school.
  • By the Residential Life Office upon thirty (30) days written notice to the Resident.
  • By the Residential Life Office upon seven (7) days notice in writing to the Resident if suspended for disciplinary reasons by the University.
  • The $300 damage deposit will be refunded only if the Unit is left in as good condition as when rented, ordinary wear and tear excepted.


Utilities (electricity and gas) are included up to $111.00 per billing period by the City of Socorro (bills are generally issued on a monthly basis).  Any amount above this limit will be charged back to the resident.



One or more of the following sanctions will be issued by the Residential Life Staff for violations of the Residential Life community standards.  Current and past infractions will be taken into consideration when determining the appropriate sanction.  In all disciplinary cases, the primary concern is to hold people responsible for their actions and to protect the welfare of everyone in the college community.  Sanctions are designed to underscore the necessity for a change of behavior.   Sanctions may include:


This letter is a formal written statement that a resident or resident’s guest’s actions are not acceptable and subsequent infractions will result in more severe action. 


  • Attending an educational session may be imposed in lieu of, or addition to, other sanctions given (e.g. alcohol/ drug education class).
  • Assignment of a task which is educational in nature and appropriate to the violation (e.g. letter of apology for offensive behavior). Failure to complete the assigned task will result in the initiation of further disciplinary action or community/public service project.


Residents may be required to initiate and complete a supervised project on campus or in the community. Assignment of terms and number of hours will be assigned by the Residential Life Office.


Payment of a penalty fee for services or violations of a specific policy will be billed directly to the student's account.


This is a direct payment for theft or damage to property. The restitution should not exceed the cost of replacing or restoring the property and/or labor costs of replacement.


Residential Life serves the right to exclude those persons whose behavior is determined to be detrimental to the well being of the apartment/residence hall community or incompatible with its function as part of an educational institution. If a student is excluded from campus housing, they may not enter or be in the immediate vicinity of the residence halls/apartments.  If they are caught violating this exclusion, campus police will be contacted and further disciplinary action may follow such as fines or trespassing charges being filed.

Students who do not reside in campus housing are also subject to exclusion if their behavior disrupts the educational mission of the residence halls.


Residents dismissed for policy violations have 24 hours after notification to properly check out. Evicted residents forfeit their deposit and my be subject to additional penalties for damages and cleaning. Evicted residents do not receive any refund of housing cost regardless of when the eviction took place. In the event a student has been evicted, they may continue to participate in the meal plan program, unless circumstances warrant dismissal from the meal plan. If the student’s behaviors or action constitutes dismissal from the meal plan program, the student may also be dismissed from the halls. Appeals to the eviction must be done immediately after notification to the Director of Auxiliary Services. Residents may stay in their assignment until the appeal process has completed unless other violations are committed during that time. Appeal decisions by the Director of Auxiliary Services are final.


Expulsion terminates a resident’s academic program and his/her right to future enrollment. Only the Dean of Students may expel a student. A student who has been expelled may not attend college functions, or visit the campus. Refunds for tuition and/or room and board will not be issued.


The Residential Life appeal, grievance, and complaint resolution procedure is available to any resident for resolution of any disagreement or concern arising from the Residential Life policies or procedures.

The resident must initiate the appeal, grievance, or complaint by discussing the problem or disagreement with the Residential Life Office within ten (10) working days of the event upon which the appeal and/or grievance is based.

If the student and the Residential Life Office are unable to resolve the appeal or grievance to the satisfaction of the student, the student may discuss the appeal or grievance with the Director of Auxiliary Services within five (5) working days of meeting with the Residential Life Office. The employee, Residential Life, and Auxiliary Services should make every effort to reach an appropriate resolution.

Within five (5) working days of the meeting with the Director of Auxiliary Services, the student may submit the unresolved grievance in writing to the Vice President of Student and University Relations. The written appeal or grievance must include a description of the event(s) giving rise to the grievance and a statement of the resolution requested.

The Vice President of Student and University Relations will investigate the details of the grievance and will submit a written response to the student within ten (10) working days of receiving the written grievance.

Please follow the flow charts below for the proper chain of command:

    Disciplinary Appeals:

       1.          Director of Residential Life
       2.          Director of Auxiliary Services
       3.          Vice President of Student and University Relations

    Non-Disciplinary Appeals (charges, damages, etc.):

       1.          Director of Residential Life
       2.          Director of Auxiliary Services
       3.          Vice President of Student and University Relations




-5111 Chartwells

All students living in the traditional residence halls must participate in a meal plan (minimum 150-meal block plan). Chartwells has designed four flexible meal plans that will maximize your choices and dollars. You are able to change which meal plan you participate in by going to the Residential Life Office within the first week of the semester.

A rotation of daily menu selections will be featured in the Dining Room and will include the Fresh Grille, Wrapables, Trattoria, Sandwich Central, and Market Carving concepts. When you are in the Dining Room you are allowed to select and eat what you like, however, removal of food, utensils, and china is not permitted.

Sick Trays:
To receive a sick tray, a friend or your roommate must take your meal plan number and approved authorization from you stating that you are ill and unable to attend the meal.

Sack Lunch:
In the event that you have a scheduling conflict with your classes, arrangements for a sack lunch can be made through the Chartwells office. A 24-hour notice is required.

Special Dietary Needs:
Chartwells will make every effort to accommodate your special dietary needs or other health considerations. Just take them your doctor’s request, and they will provide a program that meets your requirements.

                    Dining Room Service Hours (Fall and Spring):
                       Monday - Friday                     

            Breakfast                             7:00am - 9:00am
            Continental Breakfast            9:00am - 10:00am 

            Lunch                                11:30am - 1:30pm
            Dinner                                4:30pm - 7:00pm
                       Saturday - Sunday

            Brunch                               11:30am - 1:30pm
            Dinner                                5:00pm - 7:00pm

Dining Room Closures:

The Dining Room will be closed for certain times during the academic year, they include:

Break                                            Closes                                                                       Opens
Fall Semester                                                                                                                  Lunch on the Monday before classes
Thanksgiving                               Lunch on Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving     Breakfast on Monday after Thanksgiving
Fall Semester Break                  Lunch on Thursday of finals week                       Lunch on the Monday before classes
Spring Break                                Lunch on Friday before Spring Break                 Breakfast on Monday following Spring Break
Spring Semester                         Lunch on Thursday of finals week     


-5700     Information Systems Department (ISD)

Our Residential Computing Network (RCN) offers Internet and Internet2 to all students living in New Mexico Tech residence halls/apartments.  In order to ensure your connection is as reliable as possible our network is constantly monitored by ISD staff and technical support is available for setting up your PC.  The Tech Computer Center is completely separate from ISD - ISD offers Internet and TCC offers email and general campus computing facilities.

Since the Ethernet ports are active in the rooms, all residents are required to read the RCN Policies, by living in the residence halls/apartment you agree to abide by these policies.

Since your TCC email is our primary means of communication, you must have a TCC email account for the length of your connection. If we find that it was closed or terminated, your port will be disabled until the account is reactivated. Please see the TCC website for more information. Or call (505) 835-5437.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the information or policies provided on this webpage, please contact the Residential Life Office.

Residential Life reserves the right to change its policies, as it deems necessary. Each student, in turn, agrees to comply with the rules and regulations in force at any given time as set forth in this webpage and elsewhere.