The Pack is Back: A Safe Return to Campus
It's Summer. Here's What You Need to Know.
The University of New Mexico, including our Health Sciences Center (HSC), is working hard to responsibly “Bring Back the Pack” by enacting a comprehensive plan to move our campus back to a fully operational status. This week, here’s what you need to know:
- All University Message From President Stokes - UNM Sets Aspirational Goal for 100% Vaccination
- UNM's Fall Return Plan Announcement
- UNM's Fall Return Plan Announcement en Español
- Message from Human Resources - Expiring Policies and Guidance Under Limited Operations
Effective Monday, May 17, will follow the newly revised Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance on mask wearing , in alignment with the state’s latest public health order. This allows vaccinated persons to forego mask-wearing both indoors and outdoors, except in those places where explicit policy requires it. Mask wearing will still be required by all persons on UNM shuttle busses and in the UNM Health System and other UNM Health Care settings, including in clinical research settings.
Nothing in this guidance forbids the wearing of masks, no matter your vaccination status, and we should not make any assumptions about vaccination status based on an individual's decision to mask up. No mask shaming allowed!
- All-University message from President Stokes - The Pack is Back: A Safe Return to Campus
- UNM to host in-person commencement for the Class of 2021
- Maintaining a safe campus environment is a priority as UNM continues to engage in a hybrid learning model.
- UNM Dining Facilities are now open at 25% seating capacity, and with health and safety protocols in place.
- UNM Libraries are open, but please check for the latest information on hours and access. Please also continue to adhere to all health and safety protocols, including masking and physical distancing.
- UNM Spring classes continue remotely beginning on January 19, 2021
- Guide to Spring 2021 at UNM for Students
- Summary Guide to Spring 2021 at UNM for Instructors
- Please check the UNM COVID Dashboard for the latest results on daily screenings, including any reported positives.
- Guidance is available for instructors on what to do if a student informs you they have tested positive for COVID-19.
- Temporary Closures for COVID-Related Cleaning
- Facility Guidance for Suspected COVID Exposure
- Checklist for Positive COVID-19 Cases
- Residence Life & Student Housing has updated information for students moving into student housing, quarantining (when necessary), and adjusting to life in student housing under new health and safety protocols.
- Restricted Access to University of New Mexico Albuquerque campus pursuant to Governor Lujan Grisham’s Public Health Orders
- HR has issued guidance for staff and departments on safely returning to campus.
- Updated travel guidelines have been issued for University employees.
- HR has released Bringing Back the Pack: Phasing in Our Return to Full Operations Training. This training is required of all employees before they return to work on campus, and has been automatically assigned in Learning Central.
- Guidance has been issued for conducting research in both on- and off-campus facilities.
- Facilities Management has established a request process to re-open individual departments, designed to organize and prioritize the areas that can move towards an increased on-campus presence. Once a department’s Return to Operations plan has been approved by the appropriate dean/director, the next step towards increasing specific department’s on-campus presence will be to submit a formal Facility Re-open Request on the Facility Re-open Request website.
- UNM and HSC are continuing with a daily e-mail screening policy for all employees.
- To the extent possible, please continue to work remotely. Some faculty and staff will need to return to campus to carry out their functions; please do so in a safe and responsible manner, following worksite protocols.
- Physical distancing and the use of masks continue to be required whenever individuals are working or spending any time around others. This is in accordance with state health protocols as well.
- The Main Campus and Medical/Legal Bookstores are both open, though with limited hours and public health/safety restrictions in place.
- To help slow the spread of infection, we are continuing with our policy of self-reporting either symptoms of or a positive test for COVID-19.
- We’re also constantly updating our Frequently Asked Questions as new questions arise.
Phasing Our Return to Full Operations
UNM has developed a comprehensive design for Bringing Back the Pack in Spring 2021. Limited group of individuals are permitted to return to campus to maintain critical functions and to support Spring semester planning. Services will continue to be available remotely, buildings will largely remain locked, and campus access will remain limited. Yet, our campuses will be forging the tools for protecting Lobos and helping them thrive under new and challenging conditions.
UNM will resume some of the essential operations that have been put on hold since March 13, 2020, including research and creative work that require in-person access to specialized facilities and provision of services to our students and the citizens of New Mexico and deliver the critical elements of an in-person education in a controlled way that minimizes transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
As directed by state health officials, we are continuing to phase in our return to operations in a limited manner with an emphasis on the safety of our internal and external communities. We are ensuring that all members of our community who are able to do so continue to work and learn remotely during this phase. Some faculty, staff, and students, however, will need to return to campus when it is appropriate in order to complete their work in our mission areas.
Within each major area of university operations: Academic Affairs, Finance and Administration, the President’s Office, within the specialized areas of the Health Sciences Center, and on each of our branch campuses, leadership will communicate directly with their units to organize and prioritize the areas that can start to move to an increased on-campus presence.
Once a department’s Return to Operations plan has been approved by the appropriate Dean/Director, the next step towards increasing your department’s on-campus presence will be to formally submit a Facility Reopen Request on the Facility Reopen Request website.
Managers and Supervisors should not begin asking employees to return to campus until they receive final approval/confirmation through the UNM Facility Reopen Approval Process.
In the remainder of this document, we outline specific steps and actions that units must take, when authorized by their respective leadership, to allow the return of additional faculty, staff, and students to campus.