The E.P.I.C. Journey is a unique collaborative strategy addressing violations of community standards by assessing skill sets in four areas; engagement with the university, personal development, interpersonal development and community membership. The E.P.I.C. Journey philosophy was developed at UTSA, and entails giving students a question based assessment during their educational meeting, developing sanctions, utilizing motivational interviewing to develop the confidence to change, assigning a mentor to develop engagement, and implementing programming that reinforces desired skill sets. This holistic approach forms an intentional personal journey aimed at transforming decision-making patterns.
Students experiencing the Student Conduct process through Housing and Residence Life, Campus Living Villages and Student Conduct and Community Standards after a violation are often connected with an E.P.I.C. Journey. The E.P.I.C. Journey is part of their Conduct sanction and is designed to improve individual skill sets needed for academic and personal success. One of the mandated sanctions designed to enhance their educational experiences is visiting with an E.P.I.C. Mentor. The mentor is able to share campus resources, personal expertise, and their professional experiences with the student that can motivate them toward a deeper understanding of how to access and use campus resources that will support their success and academic retention.