Students & Instructors

Summer 2021 UNM Face-to-Face and F2F Plus classes and COVID-19 Prevention

UNM is following COVID-19 safety practices that are consistent with the most recent Centers for Disease Control, New Mexico Department of Health, and New Mexico Higher Education Department guidelines. Here is information about how these guidelines may have an impact on summer 2021 classes on the UNM Main (not including HSC) campus. Instructors may place the following information directly in their syllabi for Summer 2021 or link to this site.

Remote and Face-to-face classes in Summer 2021: Most UNM main campus classes (not including classes at the Health Sciences Center) are scheduled for remote delivery in Summer 2021. For class sections that do meet face to face, in-person meetings are scheduled in classrooms at 33% of regular occupancy and will be located in classroom buildings with reliable air exchange through HVAC systems.

Remote Class Delivery and Zoom: For meetings with students in courses delivered through UNM Learn, schedule meetings using the Learn-Zoom integration in combination with authentication.

Masks are not required for vaccinated individuals and are required for unvaccinated individuals: For summer 2021, UNM does not require vaccinated individuals to wear a mask on campus, with the exception of required masks in specific research, health, and medical facilities. Vaccinated students, vaccinated faculty, and vaccinated staff are not required to wear a mask in a regular classroom or in areas of the UNM-main campus that do not require masks for research, health, and medical reasons. Unvaccinated students, unvaccinated faculty, and unvaccinated staff must wear a mask in university classrooms and in other areas of all UNM campuses.

Individual members of the UNM community outside of health delivery units should not ask others for proof of vaccination or institute their own mask policies. They are welcome to wear their own masks in any location.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information from The New Mexico Department of Health

All New Mexicans age 16 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The University of New Mexico does not require that all Lobos receive a COVID-19 vaccine for Summer 2021; however, it is highly encouraged. Those wanting to know more about COVID-19 vaccine information in New Mexico can visit the New Mexico Department of Health website.

To encourage vaccination, New Mexico has created a sweepstakes program:

New Mexico’s vaccination website enables users to register for a vaccination date and location of their choice and to complete comprehensive personal profiles. For New Mexicans who wish to register for vaccine, the process is simple:

  1. Users submit basic contact information, including their employment category and medical conditions and they select a vaccination date and location.
  2. Users are then contacted and prompted to fill out additional demographic and insurance information, at which point their profile is complete. (Vaccinations are free, but providing insurance information helps support the cost of the vaccination program.)
  3. Users under the age of 18 may have a parent complete the parent waiver permitting vaccination that is available on the NMDOH vaccine site.

The NMDOH site answers some common questions about the vaccine, its effectiveness, testing, and side effects. If you do choose to get a vaccine it is important that you follow through in scheduling your second vaccine, Booster shot, to occur 21 days after your first vaccine unless you received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If you have already had COVID-19, the vaccine is still greatly recommended for the best effective on developing immunity; and for longer term immunity than any you may have experienced post infection.

COVID-19 Symptom Attestation: UNM faculty, staff, and students must complete the daily symptom attestation, received by UNM e-mail, in which they attest to whether they are coming to campus, what location on campus they will visit, and whether they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

COVID-19 Symptoms: UNM faculty and students should not attend class in person if they are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19. The best practice for facutly is to offer flexibility with respect to attendance and due dates for individuals who experience symptoms so that no sick person feels forced to attend class to protect their grade. Students experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 should call Student Health and Counseling immediately at (505)277-3136.

Academic Technology to support classroom flexibility: Information about academic technology to support flexible delivery of classes is available here.