UNM Policy on Vaccination

COVID-19 Updates for Instructors on UNM's main campus Fall 2021

  1. Indoor Masking: Because of the current rates of community transmission of COVID, and to provide good modeling of mask wearing and model proper behavior for students, instructors will wear masks while teaching in-person, until conditions allow more flexibility. The previously provided instructor exemption allowing vaccinated instructors to teach unmasked when sufficiently distanced from learners is therefore in temporary abeyance.  At the start of the semester, instructors should be masked.  The advisability of instructors teaching without masks will be re-evaluated in early September and, if the exemption can be restored, it will be.

    Instructors will likely find it easier to teach in disposable masks, rather than reusable cloth masks.   We have ordered and will distribute silicone mask inserts to units who have faculty who wish to use them while lecturing (please be mindful of fit and seal).   Instructors can call 277-5757 option 2 for information on check-out of microphones. The Academic Technologies staff in the AT annexes in DSH, CTLB, and MITCH can assist with microphone check-out. The UNM Bookstore is selling clear masks for $4.50 or less.

    The following recommended syllabus language should be changed to remove the lined out sentences and add the underlined sentence:

    Updated Recommended Syllabus Language: UNM Requirement on Masking in Indoor Spaces 

    All students, staff, and instructors are required to wear face masks in indoor classes, labs, studios and meetings on UNM campuses, see the masking requirement. Qualified music students must follow appropriate specific mask policies issued by the Chair of the Department of Music and the Dean of the College of Fine Arts. Students who do not wear a mask indoors on UNM campuses can expect to be asked to leave the classroom and to be dropped from a class if failure to wear a mask occurs more than once in that class. Students and employees who do not wear a mask in classrooms and other indoor public spaces on UNM campuses are subject to disciplinary actions. UNM will periodically evaluate and update the mask policy relative to public health conditions.

    Syllabus Language: UNM Administrative Mandate on Required Vaccinations 

    All students, staff, and instructors are required by UNM Administrative Mandate on Required Vaccinations to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible, but no later than September 30, 2021, and must provide proof of vaccination or of a UNM validated limited exemption or exemption no later than September 30, 2021 to the UNM vaccination verification site. Students seeking medical exemption from the vaccination policy must submit a request to the UNM verification site for review by the UNM Accessibility Resource Center. Students seeking religious exemption from the vaccination policy must submit a request for reasonable accommodation to the UNM verification site for review by the Compliance, Ethics, and Equal Opportunity Office. For further information on the requirement and on limited exemptions and exemptions, see the UNM Administrative Mandate on Required Vaccinations.

  2. Disciplinary action for students who do not comply with the mandate: instructors are not responsible for disciplinary action relative to a student's non-compliance with the vaccination mandate.
  3. Microphones for faculty teaching mid-sized to large classes: Instructors can call 277-5757 option 2 for information on check-out of microphones. The Academic Technologies staff in the AT annexes in DSH, CTLB, and MITCH and McKinnon can assist with microphone check-out.
  4. 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.
  5. Requests for accessing a face-to-face or hybrid class remotely: Instructors should not feel that they must offer a course for the entire semester simultaneously in person and remote streamed (sometimes called "hiflex"). Qualified students may request accommodations for the semester by working with the Accessibility Resource Center. Possible accommodations may include attending class remotely but only in cases in which the instructor agrees that remote attendance will not lessen the learning experience and only when the student has a documented need for an accessibility accommodation. Instructors may choose on an individual basis to stream a fewe classes on a temporary basis for students who request that flexibility when they are sick or are encountering other COVID-19 constraints.
  6. COVID-19 Symptoms and Exposure, Academic Flexibility and Student Support:

    Please do not come to a UNM campus if you are feeling sick and are experiencing symptoms of illness. Students should contact their instructors and let them know that they are experiencing symptoms and should not come to class. Students who need support addressing a health or personal event or crisis can find it at the Lobo Respect Advocacy Center. Instructors should extend flexibility around academic deadlines and attendance to students who are sick and should not require notes from medical providers. They can provide information about student support resources (see http://goweb.unm.edu/studentguide/ and https://students.unm.edu for quick links), including mental health resources, student resource centers, peer tutoring, and crisis support and offer affirming referrals to services. 

     

  7. STUDENTS WHO REPORT THEY ARE COVID-19 POSITIVE

    1. If a student notifies a faculty member or staff member that they are COVID-19 positive, please ask the student the set of questions listed below.
    2. Ask the student:
      1. When their symptoms started, or whether they are asymptomatic;
      2. The date the student was tested;
      3. The date that they received their positive result; and,
      4. The last day the student was on campus, including the rooms and buildings students were located on their last day on campus.
    3. Email this information to the UNM COVID Coordinator at covidcoordinator@unm.edu and copy your Department Chair and Department Administrator as well. DO NOT INCLUDE THE STUDENT’S NAME, BUT INSTEAD INCLUDE THE STUDENT’S BANNER ID.

    COVID-19 COORDINATOR ACTIONS

    Once the Covid Coordinator receives report of a COVID-19 positive student, they will work with the Department Administrator to determine if spaces need to be Covid-19 Cleaned.

    The Covid Coordinator will also work with the Department to determine if anyone in class with the Covid-19 Positive Student meets the following criteria as a close contact/exposure:

    • They were not wearing a mask;
    • They were less than 6 feet from the Covid-19 Positive Student;
    • They ate or drank with the Covid-19 Positive Student;
    • They spent more than 15 minutes (cumulative) with the Covid-19 Positive Student within a 24-hour period.

    Please note that ATTENDING CLASS WITH A COVID-19 POSITIVE STUDENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN EXPOSURE. Through the above data gathering efforts, guidance will be provided on whether faculty, staff, or students were exposed and advice on follow-up, if needed, provided.

    The Covid Coordinator will confer with the UNM COVID-19 Rapid Response Team to determine if an in-person (aka live) class needs to be converted to remote learning and whether class members need to quarantine or test and share the determination with Office of the Provost and the appropriate College Dean. The Department should seek confirmation from the respective College Dean or Associate Dean before canceling classes or changing classes to remote learning and should notify Office of the Provost of the action taken (apcurriculum@unm.edu).

    STUDENTS WHO REPORT THEY WERE EXPOSED/CLOSE CONTACT TO A COVID-19 POSITIVE INDIVIDUAL

    If a student notifies a faculty member or staff member that they have had what they believe is a close contact or direct exposure to a COVID-19 Positive Person, including students involved in an off campus clinical, field experience, or UNM employment, please:

    • Determine whether the student is fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated means that the student has received both shots (2 doses) of Pfizer or Moderna or one shot (1 dose) of J&J, at least two or more weeks prior to their COVID-19 exposure.
    • Determine whether the student is symptomatic or asymptomatic.
    • Advice for Asymptomatic Fully Vaccinated or Asymptomatic Unvaccinated/Partially Vaccinated is as follows:
      • Asymptomatic Fully Vaccinated
        • Symptom monitor for 14 days*
        • Wear a mask at all times and avoid eating or drinking with anyone on campus (asymptomatic, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine)
        • Consider getting a COVID-19 test 5 days after exposure
        • Seek medical care if they develop any symptoms** and isolate
      • Asymptomatic Unvaccinated/Partially Vaccinated
        • Stay home and quarantine (length is 10 days since their last contact)
        • Get tested at least 5 days after exposure (a negative result does not end the 10-day quarantine)
        • Symptom monitor for 14 days* from last contact and continue Covid-19 safe practices
        • Seek medical care if they develop any symptoms** and isolate

          *symptom monitoring includes watching for the following symptoms: Fever and/or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea

          **Students can call UNM Student Health & Counseling (SHAC) at 505-277-3136, or their Primary Care Provider, or the Department of Health Hotline at 1-855-600-3453; life threatening symptoms, call 9-1-1*symptom monitoring includes watching for the following symptoms: Fever and/or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea

      • Advice for Symptomatic, Vaccinated or Unvaccinated/Partially Vaccinated

        • Isolate
        • Test
        • Seek medical care**
        • If the student is a UNM employee, which includes teaching assistants (TA), graduate assistants (GA) and post-docs, they must notify the UNM COVID Call Center at 505-515-8212
        • Students should be directed to the New Mexico Department of Health COVID Hotline 1-855-600-3453 for more information
        • For life-threatening symptoms, always dial 9-1-1

          **Students can call UNM Student Health & Counseling (SHAC) at 505-277-3136, or their Primary Care Provider, or the Department of Health Hotline at 1-855-600-3453; life threatening symptoms, call 9-1-1

    TESTING GUIDANCE FOR Asymptomatic Students

    • As a reminder, the on-campus asymptomatic test site that operated last year is closed. Asymptomatic students concerned for exposure should be referred to the New Mexico Department of Health website for more information on testing options.
    • Students can test at a New Mexico Department of Health Location found at https://findatestnm.org/ or https://learn.vaulthealth.com/nm/
    • UNM Student Health & Counseling (SHAC) is only testing symptomatic students at this time. Please do not refer asymptomatic students to test at SHAC

 

Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) requests that instructors not require doctor's notes as this causes a significant burden on their already overloaded services.

UNM's COVID-19 Rapid Response Team (RRT), comprised of medical and emergency response professionals, will operate in Fall 2021 and in coordination with the New Mexico Department of Health and its contact tracing team.  RRT evaluates a range of COVID-19 transmission and positive data, addresses exposure events from positive students and manages follow-up around communication, medical care, testing, and isolation. 

All positive cases in the state are reported to the New Mexico Department of Health, which provides follow-up contact tracing. Faculty are not responsible for identifying potential contacts of students who report having tested positive for COVID-19.

See the landing page for Students and Instructors for information about how to support students who are concerned about exposure and/or are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Please review the Student Guide, and FAQ pages for more information.