Behaviors & Safety Measures

Residence Life and Student Housing will be implementing policies and practices with the goal of the safety of our residents and the greater community. These policies may evolve over the course of the semester, and the most updated version of expectations can always be found online at http://housing.unm.edu/coronavirus.html. RLSH will also include information in the Residence Hall Handbook, which will be electronically provided to you at move-in and will be available online at http://housing.unm.edu/current-students/expectations--conduct.html

Guests & Gathering Limits

RLSH is waiting to officially determine the guest policy for the upcoming academic year until we get closer to the start of the semester and we are better able to assess the risk of guests in the halls. Our ultimate goal is that we will be able to return to our former guest policies that existed before the pandemic.

Any student requesting an individual exception to this policy should reach out to us at housing@unm.edu to be directed to the best individual to evaluate your request.

Housing, other university staff, or emergency personnel with a legitimate business, health, or safety need for their presence in a residence hall may enter any of the residence halls, provided they are wearing appropriate face coverings.   

Face Coverings

All unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated residents are required to wear face coverings anytime they are outside of their assigned bed-space. In traditional and suite style halls, bed-spaces are considered the room a resident occupies. In apartments, bed-spaces are the individual rooms within the apartment, therefore the requirement for wearing face coverings includes the kitchen and living rooms.

For students who believe wearing a face covering will pose an undue burden based on a documented disability, we encourage you to work with the Accessibility Resource Center to request a reasonable accommodation.

In the instance that any RLSH staff must enter the individual student apartments or rooms, unvaccinated students will be required to wear a face covering while the RLSH staff is present.

Unvaccinated students who do not wear a face covering in the residence halls will be addressed through the residential conduct process; but may also be subject to additional disciplinary proceedings under the Student Code of Conduct, through the Dean of Students office.

Required Quarantines for Travel During Semester

UNM is still finalizing requirements for what would be required of students who choose to travel out of the state of New Mexico during the semester. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to NOT travel out of the state for the duration of the semester.

Housing Conduct Process

Students who are found responsible for violating of any of the health protocols outlined above or those communicated with residents throughout the semester will be held accountable for their choices. RLSH will continue to follow the published Housing Conduct Procedures (available within the Residence Hall Handbook), with appropriate and necessary considerations for physical distancing and alternate mediums for meetings between staff and students to address alleged violations of policy. Due to the risk posed to the greater community by health protocol violations, students found responsible could very likely face removal from campus housing, even on the first offense.

The appeals process for students who are removed from campus housing will remain intact, but appeals must be filed on the grounds for appeal outlined in the Residence Hall Handbook. Please be aware, the appeal process does not guarantee residency for any reason. We are imploring residents to avoid making decisions which put the health of themselves and the community at risk; doing so puts your continued residency with RLSH at risk.

Students found violating housing policies may also be subject to the disciplinary proceedings under the Student Code of Conduct through the Dean of Students Office.

Facility Limitations & Shared Space Restrictions

For those returning to the residence halls, you will notice some instructions for how you navigate the halls that haven’t previously been there. You may see stairwells and hallways limited to single direction of traffic, limits on the number of people in an elevator, signs reminding you of the need for masks, reminders on physical distancing, demarcation on the floor to maintain physical distancing, and clear plexiglass barriers in service areas. As recommendations and best practices emerge, RLSH will work to incorporate those into the residence hall space.

Residence Life and Student Housing’s ultimately goal is that we will be able to return to our former kitchen and shared space policies that existed before the pandemic; the ability to use these spaces will be in accordance with local, state, federal, and University thresholds for in-person interactions. To begin the semester, students should plan that common spaces within the residence halls will either be closed entirely or will have very limited use requirements that must be followed.

As New Mexico and our campus proves our ability to limit the spread of coronavirus, RLSH will reopen shared spaces to the safest extent possible.

Cleaning Plans

RLSH plans to clean shared spaces in accordance with information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or per direction from UNM Facilities Management. RLSH uses cleaning chemicals aligned with CDC specifications for sanitization and effective reduction of many viruses and bacteria within the residence hall.

Isolation for Positive Cases

RLSH has set aside a portion of the residential area to serve as space for students in need of quarantine due to exposure risk (not for travel related quarantine) and for those in need of isolation due to contracting COVID-19. Regardless of RLSH setting aside space, the best place for quarantine or isolation is not in on-campus housing. If a resident can go home or elsewhere because they live locally or have family nearby, they should. If a resident does not live locally or have family nearby, then UNM RLSH will work to try to accommodate them. Please note, RLSH cannot guarantee a space for all. Space will be limited and only available for UNM students who currently live in on-campus housing, are enrolled in classes, and are well enough to be on their own (as determined by a medical professional). Students who need medical attention that cannot be delivered remotely should be hospitalized or make other arrangements.

Space will be limited and only available for UNM students who currently live in on-campus housing, are enrolled in classes, and are well enough to be on their own (as determined by a medical professional). Students who need medical attention that cannot be delivered remotely should be hospitalized or make other arrangements.

RLSH has been working closely with UNM Student Health and Counseling throughout this pandemic, and RLSH and SHAC will continue to coordinate the use of the dedicated isolation space. At the direction of SHAC or other medical professionals, RLSH may require a student to move into the isolation space and remain there until medically cleared to return to their original space. There are instances where student who is tested and in quarantine while awaiting results may also be required to move to the isolation space until test results are received.

Students will be expected to follow all additional requirements of isolation as outlined in an agreement electronically signed at the time of the move to isolation. Students who are found to have failed to follow the requirements of isolation may have their license agreement terminated and will no longer be permitted to remain in campus housing for the duration of the isolation period and/or for the remainder of the academic year.

Quarantine for Exposure

UNM has determined, in many instances, it is possible to allow students to quarantine in their originally assigned spaces, as long as they follow all the safety procedures covered by SHAC or RLSH at the time they are put on notice of quarantine.

RLSH has been working closely with UNM Student Health and Counseling throughout this pandemic, and RLSH and SHAC will continue to coordinate on necessary quarantine for students. At the direction of SHAC or other medical professionals, a student to may be required to quarantine in their assigned space for various lengths of time. This information will be provided to residents at the time they are notified of the requirement to quarantine.

Students will be expected to follow all additional requirements or quarantine. Students who are found to have failed to follow the requirements of quarantine may have their license agreement terminated and will no longer be permitted to remain in campus housing for the duration of the isolation period and/or for the remainder of the academic year.

Required COVID-19 Testing

All positive COVID-19 cases are reviewed by a committee of medical and public health professionals who are authorized to take appropriate action to ensure the health and safety of the individual and the community, including isolation, additional cleaning, and invitations for testing of additional individuals. Students who are identified as a potential exposure or contact by this committee are referred for testing through a testing service provided by UNM Student Health & Counseling.

 Any resident who receives the referral for testing is required to complete the test; refusal to get a test once referred may result in a report to the Dean of Student’s Office and review for action under the Student Code of Conduct.