This spring, 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 two time-blocks during the move-in days allocated (which are outlined below): 9A-1P, 1P-5P. 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 Monday, January 11 and Wednesday, January 13. 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, January 14 and Sunday, January 17. 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 is currently available for students to begin selecting a move-in. 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 Friday, January 8, 2021. 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 Monday, January 11, 2021.

Move-In Helpers (Family & Friends)

Another essential 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 spring, 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. Additionally, this person may not be COVID positive, waiting for COVID test results after exposure, or symptomatic but not tested. 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. For those who are returning to campus or have helped others move-in in the past, this spring our check-in will be a completely different experience. We strongly encourage all students to pay close attention to the remainder of this section to have the most updated and accurate information.

RLSH will have a centralized check-in tent located in the plaza between the SRC and LaPosada for all main campus residents; if the weather is inclement, the check in location will be in the SRC Commons and there will be signs indicating the change of location.

All residents who are returning for the spring semester are required to stop by the check-in tent to confirm their return to campus. Students, even those remaining on campus for the winter recess, should select a move-in time (as outlined above) and come by the tent to check-in during that timeframe.

Residents at Lobo Rainforest will be able to complete their spring check-in at the desk in the Rainforest Lobby.
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 the plan provided below should be followed by any student who travels out of state. 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 both in and out of New Mexico to further reduce the probability of infection and for added safety. Please note that self-isolating before returning to New Mexico does not decrease the 14-day self-monitoring period outlined below, it is just added safety for you and others. It does not matter if you have been tested before you arrive, you must follow these instructions.

14 Day Limited Interactions and Self-Monitoring Protocol – Students in Campus Housing Students arriving or returning from out-of-state locations are required to 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 may be 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 (while open), 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

UNM has enacted several testing, quarantine, and isolation procedures for the safety of our community. Please read this section fully to understand what may be required of you.

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.

What to Bring

Our sincerest hope is that we make it through the spring semester 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 as you return this spring. 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 2020 was reuniting students with their belongings—our goal is to learn from that difficulty and have a better plan in case the halls must 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 the residence halls, you will have a limited window to exit the halls. Though you were able to have assistance moving in, RLSH cannot guarantee that you would be able to bring in additional people to help remove your belongings in the instance UNM must close the residence halls during the semester