The Pack is Back: A Safe Return to Campus
Here's what you need to know.
- For the Fall 2022 semester, The University of New Mexico requires that all faculty, staff and students accessing campus facilities, housing, programs, services, and activities in person must be up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccination, subject to limited exemptions, before Friday, September 30.
- The University of New Mexico is recommending that masks be worn indoors at all UNM campuses, effective July 5, as Bernalillo, McKinley, Valencia, Taos, Los Alamos and Sandoval counties are categorized as “high COVID-19 community levels” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- If you test positive for COVID, please report it using our Self-Report Portal and follow CDC protocols and quarantine yourself for five days. Then take care of yourself.
- In alignment with existing public health orders, UNM continues to require masks at facilities associated with the health system and HSC academic and research spaces, where close contact with the clinical environment requires continued masking. This includes facilities in the north campus HSC academic and research facilities, as well as at the HSC Rio Rancho campus. UNM will also continue to encourage the use of masks on public transportation, including UNM shuttles and buses, consistent with CDC guidance.
- Please be aware that several large campus venues have also updated their COVID-19 protocols, with some variation among facilities. Before you attend an event at Popejoy Hall or University Arena, for instance, please check with the venue to find out what’s required for admittance.
- Individuals with exemptions to UNM’s vaccination mandate will now be able to submit results of a PCR, NAAT or rapid antigen test. This includes the use of an in-home, rapid antigen test, but test results must be dated and a different image of a new test result with a date must be supplied each week. This is a revision of our earlier policy, which did not permit the submission of results of a rapid antigen test.
- The University of New Mexico will be following the latest guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) on quarantining or isolating following a positive test for COVID. Previous guidance required a ten day quarantine/isolation period; the new guidance will require a quarantine or isolation period of five days.
- The University of New Mexico now requires all current employees and students to receive a booster dose of the vaccine when eligible according to the FDA. Please refer to the updated vaccination mandate for more information.
- UNM COVID-Safe Event Protocols: At all indoor UNM events, including University Arena and Popejoy Hall, event organizers may choose to require those in attendance to be masked and/or provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test dated within the last 72 hours. Such proof may be actual cards or documents or photographs on a mobile device. In some instances, on-site testing may also be available.
- 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.
- 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.