Summary Guide to Fall 2020 at UNM for Instructors

Beginning August 17, 2020, The University of New Mexico will offer a hybrid Fall Semester of partially face-to-face and partially remote classes.

About 4% of classes on the UNM-Albuquerque main campus will be fully face-to-face, another 21% are currently planned as face-to-face plus remote, and the remaining 75% of courses are planned for fully remote delivery. The busiest time on main campus will be between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays with about 1700 students attending classes on different schedules during that hour. On Fridays, the number of students on campus at any given time will go down, approximately, to between 300 and 400.

Contacting Your Studnets About Class Delivery by August 12

Contact your enrolled students before the first day of class and preferably by August 12 via or email and/or the e-mail function on UNMLearn to update them on how to access your class. Consult after August 10 for finalized information about where, when, and how your class is scheduled and about how to read the schedule.

Instructors should plan Fall 2020 classes with the following in mind:

Students coming from out-of-state and from other countries are required by the state to self-quarantine for two weeks. UNM is advising students to arrive in New Mexico no later than a week before the beginning of classes. During the first week of classes, out-of-state and international students should be supported in completing course work remotely, in observance of their quarantine.  Even face-to-face and face-to-face plus courses should be designed to allow remote participation in the first week of classes for these students.

It is possible that at some time during the term a student in your face-to-face or face-to-face plus remote class will be diagnosed with COVID-19.  In that event, you will be asked to offer your face-to-face meetings remotely for two weeks so that your students and you can self-isolate and protect the community by doing so. Your classroom space will be thoroughly sanitized and you and your students and you will be supported in addressing health concerns and accessing testing.

Students face significant obstacles this Fall as they struggle to stay in school in the midst of job and food insecurity, family responsibilities, isolation, illness or fear of illness, and the different time management and learning demands of hybrid delivery. Faculty face many of these challenges as well. The flexibility that faculty offered in Spring 2020 provided real benefits in helping students persist in school. We cut our drop rate in half in the Spring! Please offer flexibility, including alternative ways of completing course work for students experiencing significant stress or health concerns, this Fall.

Presence on campus will remain limited and services, when possible, will generally be provided remotely. It is important to continue to limit your presence on campus and to work from home as much as possible with a reduction of COVID-19 transmission as the goal.

This document outlines the results of the last few months of planning.  We recognize that public health conditions may change, and result in changes in our guidelines.  We are also engaged in bargaining with UAUNM over the impacts of these arrangements for faculty, and acknowledge that this bargaining may modify elements of the plan.

Please remember that UNM and your class may need to shift to a more fully remote delivery of the curriculum due to health considerations and State of New Mexico regulations at any time.

Thank you for your hard work this past Spring and your continuing work in preparation for the Fall.

Committees Providing Resources and Guidance:

President Stokes has organized seven groups to address UNM needs during the pandemic:

  1. Research and Maker Spaces, Chair, VP for Research Gabriel Lopez
  2. Operations, Chair, Dorothy Anderson, VP Human Resources;
  3. Health Protocols, Chair, Dean Tracie Collins, College of Population Health
  4. External Communications, Chair, Cinnamon Blair, Chief Marketing Officer
  5. Instructional Continuity & Student Services Committee, Chair, AP Pamela Cheek
  6. Sports and Athletics, Chair, Ed Manzanares, Sr. Associate Athletics Director
  7. Coordinated Financial Planning, Chair, Liz Metzger, University Comptroller