Campus move-in is typically a very exciting but crowded time for housing. This year, the move-in process has been designed to limit the number of people in each space and hopefully reduce interactions between residents, and to do our best to separate out-of-state students from in-state students. Students will need to arrive, check-in, and move-in to their assigned space during their selected time block.

We will have three time-blocks during the move-in days allocated (which are outlined below): 9A-12P, 12P-3P, and 3P-6P. We will be allowing a maximum of 10% of the building occupancy to move-in during each timeslot.

Out-of-State students will need to select a timeslot between Friday, August 7 and Sunday, August 9. We are asking out-of-state students to return early enough that they can immediately begin their self-monitoring period within the residence halls.

In-State students will need to select a timeslot between Thursday, August 13 and Sunday, August 16. We are asking in-state students to wait to move into campus to give a window of time between the arrival of out-of-state and in-state students to reduce the risk of virus transmission.

The move-in sign-up will be available for students to begin selecting a move-in time on Monday, July 20 at 11:00AM. Students will be able to select via their housing dashboard, which is accessible here: Students will receive notice back confirming or denying their requested selection time. Students who are denied will be instructed to reselect a time with additional instructions to aid their selection.

Students must select a move-in time no later than 5:00PM on Monday, August 3, 2020. Students who do not select a move-in time will be assigned a time from the remaining available timeslots, and they will be notified of their assigned check-in time on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

Move-In Helpers (Family & Friends)

Another important element of a safe move-in will be a minimal number of friends or family assisting with your move-in. Residents will only be permitted ONE person to assist them with moving their belongings into the building. RLSH understands that many students have more than one person looking to see them off to college, and that only allowing one person to assist with move-in may be impactful for resident and their families. To allow more people to wish you well as you join us for the fall, you will be able to trade out the one person who is assisting you with moving-in. To be clear, you may only have one person with you at a given time, but you can rotate who that one person is throughout your move-in window. At the end of your move-in window, all non-residents must leave the residence halls.

The one person who is assisting you move in will also be expected to wear a face covering in accordance with state health orders and campus policies. If they are not willing to wear a face covering, they will not be allowed in the building with you. During move-in, we ask that people be exceptionally conscious of maintaining a considerable amount of physical distance between families and that everyone wash or sanitize their hands a few times throughout the move-in process.

Check-In Procedures

In brief, RLSH is planning for a check-in which will provide you with everything you need to be able to get into your room while maintaining the most distance possible to keep you and our staff safe. RLSH will be sending out a PDF version of the 2020 Fall Move-In Guide in shortly before move-in which will contain very explicit instructions about the check-in process and maps to assist you once you arrive on campus.

For those who are returning to campus or have helped others move-in in the past, this year our check-in will be a completely different experience. We strongly encourage all students to pay close attention to the move-in guide to have the most updated and accurate information.

RLSH will be utilizing a drive-thru format for residence hall check-in; students will arrive in their cars and remain in their cars for the duration of the check-in process. Those without a car will be able to walk through the check-in to access everything they need.

Required Limited Interactions and Self-Monitoring Period for all Out-of-State Students

This limited interactions and self-monitoring period replaces the information previously provided to on-campus residents regarding a required off-campus quarantine prior to their move-in to the residence halls.

At the University of New Mexico, our top priority is our student's safety and providing as excellent a learning experience as possible in these less than ideal circumstances.  Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered a 14-day quarantine for visitors to New Mexico and we are providing below our plan to align the return of our students to Albuquerque with that important requirement.  We ask for your patience as we continue to monitor the changing situation and note that our guidance may evolve.  We recommend self-monitoring and self-isolating while at home BEFORE traveling to New Mexico for incoming students in order to further reduce the probability of infection and for added safety.  Please note that self-isolating before coming to New Mexico does not decrease the 14-day self-monitoring, it is just added safety for you and others.  Though we have considered testing outcomes as an alternative to the quarantine, our Health Protocol Committee has recommended that all students abide by the following limited interactions and self-monitoring protocol.  It does not matter if you have been tested before you arrive, you must follow these instructions. In the event that we do have students who test positive for COVID-19, we have set aside empty rooms for isolation. If you have any questions about the 14-Day Limited Interactions and Self-Monitoring Protocol below or anything related to housing and dining in general, please contact:

14 Day Limited Interactions and Self-Monitoring Protocol – Students in Campus Housing

Students arriving from out-of-state locations are required to limit interactions and self-monitor for 14 days. During this time, students in our residence halls must restrict personal interactions on campus.  Students not abiding by these rules are subject to disciplinary proceedings under the Student Code of Conduct.


  1. Follow all the protocols of check-in for access to the Residence Halls.
  2. Self-monitor and self-isolate BEFORE traveling to New Mexico
  3. Begin responding to the UNM DAILY Screening email upon arrival
  4. Immediately self-report symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test on the COVID-19 reporting website; if reporting a positive case, immediately stop using any shared facilities and contact your RA for further instructions
  5. Be prepared to move to isolation or quarantine space if directed
  6. Attend classes remotely, NOT in person, during the 14-day self-monitoring period.
  7. Utilize carryout or mobile ordering pickup for food service (UNM food locations are available for mobile ordering on Grubhub Campus Dining)
  8. Adhere to all advisories on social distancing and mask requirements, as well as all other residence hall policies
  9. Wipe bathroom surfaces with sanitizer/disinfectant before and after use
  10. Maximize social distancing at all times.
  11. Limit visits to shopping venues (grocery stores, bookstores) to a bare minimum; utilize on-line options, the UNM Bookstore delivers to the halls.
  12. Avoid areas of campus with groups of people, library, computer pods, SUB
  13. Wash hands several times per day, preferable at least every two hours
  14. Take your temperature at least twice per day with the thermometer included in your welcome kit; self-report if your temperature becomes elevated above 100.4 degrees
  15. Avoid taking public transit or riding campus shuttles unless necessary
  16. Avoid elevators
  17. Avoid laundry facilities during peak times
  18. Follow all instructional signage in buildings re single direction in order to maintain proper safe practices


  1. Do Not attend in-person classes during the 14-day self-monitoring period.
  2. Do Not enter La Posada, rather use meal swipes for carry out at SRC Market or any swipe-and-go location
  3. Do Not visit dine in restaurants or food service operations
  4. Do Not allow others into your bedroom space – you alone should be there
  5. Do Not utilize shared spaces like lounges, common areas, or kitchens
  6. Do Not attend mass gatherings, including religious observances, even within social distancing parameters

Required COVID19 Testing at Time of Campus Arrival

Testing for COVID-19 may be a requirement prior to moving in and/or periodically throughout the semester. This has not yet been finalized, and residents will be provided the information related to testing as it becomes available. However, since it may be required, we want all residents to be prepared for this possibility.

What to Bring

Our sincerest hope is that we make it through the semester and year without disruption to our students’ ability to stay on campus; but we cannot make that guarantee. We cannot stress enough how important it will be to pack only the essentials for this fall. The fewer items you bring with you to campus, the less there will be for you to manage. We urge you to pack lightly and bring only what you need.

The intensity of our request for bringing only the essentials is our clear attempt to hope for the best, but plan for the worst. One of the most significant struggles faced when the residence halls closed in March was reuniting students with their belongings—our goal is to learn from that difficulty and have a better plan in case the halls have to close unexpectedly this year.

We recommend that you only bring with you what you can successfully move out on your own with very short notice. In the instance we need to close (as outlined below), it is probable you will have a very limited window to exit the halls. Though you were able to have assistance moving in, it will be likely you cannot bring in additional people to help remove your belongings in the instance UNM must close the residence halls during the semester