Fall 2020 Health, Classroom, and Environment in Brief

Mandatory Training

All employees are required to take ‘Bringing Back the Pack: Phasing Our Return to Full Operations' training in Learning Central to learn about how to safely return and operate while on campus.

Masks Required in Public Spaces

In accordance with state regulations, a mask or appropriate face covering must be worn by all individuals in all public spaces. All areas of UNM campuses and classrooms are public spaces, with the exception of offices or office areas used by a single individual or used in accordance with supervisor scheduling for social distancing. Face shields do not meet health and safety standards at UNM. Employees, including faculty, staff, and student employees, who do not wear masks appropriately in their workspaces may be subject to disciplinary action.

Employees are encouraged to procure their own masks, but if unable to, these will be provided. Individuals are responsible for regular cleaning of their own masks. Units should stock spare masks to provide for those who forget to bring a personal mask to campus, or to replace a worn out mask, if necessary. Units should stock some spare masks to provide for those who forget to bring a personal mask to campus. See the STUDENT HEALTH REQUIREMENTS section of this document for more information on how to protect your classroom environment by requiring masks.

Signage

Consistent university signage indicating necessary social distancing demarcations, health protocols, and space occupancy, and directional flow of movement will be posted throughout campus and in classrooms and should also be used by individual units. The External Communications Task Force has put together a repository of signs for departmental and building use.

Hand Washing and Sanitizer Stations

Individuals on campus should wash hands with soap and water regularly and avoid touching their faces. Facilities Management and Safety & Risk Services are installing more hand sanitizer stations in common areas and near elevators. Common areas include main public entryways, corridors, and break rooms where no sink and soap dispensers exist..

Daily Symptoms Reporting

Faculty, Students, and Staff will be required to report if they have symptoms through the ‘Daily Symptoms Reporting’ system before being cleared to come onto campus. A daily e-mail message, "covidscreen@unm.edu" directs individuals to a simple symptom screener. (Some individuals without internet access may use paper reporting). See STUDENT HEALTH REQUIREMENTS).

Testing

Detection of nucleic acid of the virus in respiratory secretions (nasopharyngeal, nasal and others) is currently the best way to detect that a person is infected. Symptomatic students, faculty, and staff as well as those who have been in contact with diagnosed individuals are the highest priority for testing. For students, SHAC will provide appropriate direction to a testing center. Faculty and Staff may access screening and testing via services, such as UNMH Respiratory Care Center (RCC), listed here: https://cv.nmhealth.org/public-health-screening-and-testing/.

Contact Tracing

UNM is working with the New Mexico Department of Health to conduct contact tracing on positive cases of SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19.  UNM has hired additional contact tracers who will be trained and functionally managed by NMDOH, to focus on contact tracing for UNM related infections. Students who test positive should contact Student Health and Counseling (SHAC), 505-277-3136, which will collect information in support of NMDOH efforts, provide student guidance regarding health recommendations, coordinate with housing to facilitate isolation and return to classes, and coordinate with facilities for environmental cleaning and decontamination.

Faculty and staff who test positive should contact UNM Employee Occupational Health Services (EOHS), 505-272-9199, which will coordinate with NMDOH and provide guidance and support on health recommendations and isolation. Contact tracers will contact faculty, students, and staff about possible exposures.

Self Reporting

UNM has implemented a policy for self-reporting (política de autoinforme) either symptoms of or a positive test for COVID-19 in order to support efforts to slow the spread of infection. This is both to connect Lobos to resources that can support them, and to help the University assess the community impact of the virus. It does not apply to the UNM Health Sciences Center, for which a separate HSC policy has been developed.

Modified Fall 2020 Academic Calendar/Schedule for Main Campus and Branch Campuses

UNM modified the Fall calendar to reduce travel and associated public health risks. The traditional "Fall Break" has been replaced with two Break Days: Wednesday, October 7 and Tuesday, November 3. The last day for in-person teaching on campuses is Wednesday, November 25. A remote instruction week is scheduled for Nov. 30 to Dec. 4 and a remote final exams week for Dec. 7-12.

Please see http://registrar.unm.edu/semester-deadline-dates/fall-2020.html. The detailed Fall 2020 course schedule is being constantly updated. The Fall course schedule provides information about course delivery modality with indications about times/locations for face-to-face and/or remote classes. This information is being used to map and plan a socially distant Fall campus experience. This video for students explains how to understand indications on the Fall schedule: https://vimeo.com/435746729.

Health, Accessibility, and Mental Health

Faculty, staff, and students at high risk for complications from COVID-19 should coordinate with Human Resources (faculty and staff) or the Accessibility Resource Center (students) for support and possible accommodations.  Faculty, staff, and students who are at high risk for complications are not prohibited from campuses, but are encouraged to seek medical guidance, and may seek relevant services or accommodations. Mental health resources are described and can be accessed via mentalhealth.unm.edu. Individuals qualified for ADA accommodations relative to the mask requirement, including individuals with documented health concerns such as asthma, should consult with Accessibility Resources Center (students) and Human Resources (faculty and staff).

Re-Opening Approval Process and Presence on Campus

Faculty, staff, and students at high risk for complications from COVID-19 should coordinate with Human Resources (faculty and staff) or the Accessibility Resource Center (students) for support and possible accommodations.  Faculty, staff, and students who are at high risk for complications are not prohibited from campuses, but are encouraged to seek medical guidance, and may seek relevant services or accommodations. Mental health resources are described and can be accessed via mentalhealth.unm.edu. Individuals qualified for ADA accommodations relative to the mask requirement, including individuals with documented health concerns such as asthma, should consult with Accessibility Resources Center (students) and Human Resources (faculty and staff).

Classrooms

Classrooms will be set up for six-foot radius social distancing, with clear occupancy labeling and a target face-to-face size of no more than 25 students. Cleaning protocols require thorough and regular classroom cleaning including cleaning of surfaces. When structurally possible and consistent with best use of HVAC and health considerations of occupants, windows and doors can be open. Movement in and out of classrooms and buildings will be guided by social distancing signage and, when possible, timed entry and exit. Academic technologies is enhancing 150 centrally scheduled classrooms with a camera and microphone for basic remote participant access. A limited number of "outdoor" classrooms are available for courses with special requirements, and must be reserved through scheduling. Ad hoc unscheduled outdoor teaching may put the UNM community at risk.

Technology

UNM IT has been working with Colleges and Schools and Academic Affairs to provide Faculty and Students with technology support for the Fall semester. This includes support for UNM Learn, Zoom Web conferencing, Kaltura for lecture capture and video delivery, new cameras and microphones for remote participation in centrally scheduled classrooms, student laptop and hotspot checkout programs, faculty/student software licensing and access, and computer lab support in the context of COVID Safe Practices. More information on services can be found at http://cio.unm.edu/services-at-a-glance.html. Guidance to students on computer and internet specifications is forthcoming at computing.unm.edu (not yet published).

Stringent Regular Custodial Procedures

Custodial staff are cleaning common areas twice a day and they are using cleaning chemicals that are safe for the environment while disinfecting and sanitizing surfaces.

Department or Unit Cleaning Protocols

Departments are required to develop and implement internal cleaning procedures and protocols for employees to follow. Check with your supervisor for items specific to your work area so you can do your part to minimize the spread of germs and risk of infection. Take responsibility for disinfecting personal work spaces and collaborate with supervisor’s plans to create a safe shared workspace

Travel

The University has restricted university-related travel until further notice, with limited exceptions for travel essential to University operations. We are carefully evaluating all university-related travel, including by car, to high incidence areas outside of and within the state on a case-by-case basis. Extended student internships or rotations necessary for degree progress are permissable and entail 14-day quarantine on re-entry of the state. See the detailed policy, including information of faculty candidate interviews, https://bringbackthepack.unm.edu/..

Research Facilities, Labs, Studios, Maker Spaces

These spaces are subject to the re-opening approval process described above and must incorporate thorough guidelines for social distancing and safety.

Student, Staff, Faculty Adminstrative and Support Services

As in the second half of Spring 2020, support offices for students, staff, and faculty will offer predominately remote services with some limited in-person services available on a scheduled basis and subject to UNM health protocols, including mask requirement, social distancing, and other hygiene measures. It is critical that faculty learn about support services for students on campus. For an overview, see: https://studentaffairs.unm.edu/student-services/index.html.

Faculty Development and Instructional Support

Center for Teaching and Learning provides information and guidelines about best teaching practices on its website, information about how to use online tools, including UNMLearn and tools integrated into UNMLearn, and is offering extensive summer faculty development relative to remote and face-to-face plus remote teaching, including webinars, open labs, and one-on-one consultations. See https://cdl.unm.edu.

Campus Gyms

Facilities Management, Athletics and Student Services are working together to develop a detailed plan to ensure a safe reopening for the university community. When campus gyms reopen, equipment will be regularly cleaned by the staff and cleaning will be required in between uses. More information will be made available soon.

Dining Facilities

Facilities Management, Athletics and Student Services are working together to develop a detailed plan to ensure a safe reopening for the university community. When campus gyms reopen, equipment will be regularly cleaned by the staff and cleaning will be required in between uses. More information will be made available soon.

Student Union Building

Facilities Management and Student Services are working together to develop a detailed plan for the phased reopening of the SUB. More information will be available soon.

Student Housing & Residential Life

The total number of students accommodated by campus housing in the Fall has been reduced so that all residents will have their own bedrooms and bathrooms or bathroom fixtures will be in a ratio no greater than 1:4. Separate housing to accommodate pre-diagnosis waiting periods as well as quarantining has been allocated.  Students will be required to follow strict health protocols and may be asked to leave student housing if they do not. Housing is prioritized for first-year students from outside the Albuquerque area.

Transportation

Buses and shuttles are thoroughly disinfected. Social distancing and mask wearing are in effect. Cleaning protocols are in place to wipe down handrails, overhead rails, and seatbacks every two hours. Drivers are protected by plastic curtains.