Covid Policies as of June 2022
UNM requires COVID-19 vaccination and a booster for all students, faculty, and staff, or an approved exemption. Thank you for keeping us all safe. You helped us get to a 92% vaccination rate (with additional qualified exemptions).
Please upload proof of vaccination and of booster at the vaccination verification site.
Please remember that students who have not uploaded proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 or who have not been granted a medical, religious, or online remote exemption will be disenrolled before the beginning of the semester and will receive a "cv" registration hold.
If you test positive for COVID-19 and can't get your booster immediately:
- Self-report your positive test - You will receive a 90-day extension on the date for uploading proof of a booster.
For more information, please refer to medical, religious, or online remote exemption.
Students must request a new online remote exemption for Fall 2022.
Medical and Religious exemptions granted in Fall 2021 are valid for Fall 2022, unless the exemption was granted with a time limit (expiration date).
While The University of New Mexico modified its required mask mandate on March 19, 2022, we noted at that time that masking policies would be reviewed regularly, and that mask protocols could be further modified in New Mexico counties that have been determined by the CDC to be at a high COVID-19 community level. Please refer to the main page for the latest guidance on mask requirements at your campus.
In alignment with existing public health orders, we are continuing to require masks at facilities associated with the health system and HSC academic and research spaces, where close contact with the clinical environment requires continued masking. This includes facilities in the north campus HSC academic and research facilities, as well as at the HSC Rio Rancho campus. UNM will also strongly continue to encourage the use of masks on public transportation, including UNM shuttles and buses, consistent with CDC guidance.
Please be aware that several large campus venues may also have also revised their COVID-19 protocols, with some variation among facilities. Before you attend an event at Popejoy Hall or University Arena, for instance, please check with the venue to find out what’s required for admittance.
Student Support Resources
UNM main campus students may use this student guide link to access a landing page assembling links to UNM main campus resources, including food pantry, mental health, tutoring, and more. Students can also add the guide to their my.unm page. UNM branch campus students may access support resources via their branch campus student services page.
COVID-19 Symptoms and Exposure, Academic Flexibility, and Student Support
Please do not come to a UNM campus if you are feeling sick, are experiencing symptoms of illness, or have a positive COVID-19 test. Students should contact their instructors and let them know that they are experiencing symptoms or have a positive COVID-19 test and should not come to class. Students on Albuquerque's Main campus who need support addressing a health or personal event or crisis can find it at the Lobo Respect Advocacy Center. UNM branch campus students may access support resources via their branch campus student services page.
Information for Students Concerned about COVID-19 and Exposure
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.
What To Do If You Have a Positive COVID-19 Test
First, inform UNM, so that we can prevent transmission, by self-reporting your positive diagnosis (see below for information about how UNM uses the self-report to prevent transmission to others). Call SHAC at 505-277-3136 (or your own medical provider) if you are having symptoms or other concerns.
- Begin self-isolating following guidelines below and the NM Department of Health Self-Isolating Guidelines.
- If you have mild symptoms or no symptoms, you do not necessarily need to seek medical care.
- Notify your faculty regarding the length of time that you will be unable to attend face to face activities. Your UNM faculty will not require a medical release for this.
- Cooperate with contact tracers from the NM Department of Health if they reach out to you. Contact tracers work to prevent others from getting COVID-19.
What to Do If You Think You Might Have COVID-19
If you have or develop symptoms, please get tested immediately and isolate until you receive your test results. If you test positive, follow the guidance in the information above (self-report, self-isolate, check your symptoms, contact your instructors).
If you do not have symptoms and are concerned about a potential close contact exposure to COVID—
Take a minute to understand what constitutes a Close Contact to someone with COVID-19: Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period who has COVID-19. Read the CDC Quarantine Guidelines.
Your next step will depend upon your vaccination status.
- If you are VACCINATED and NOT having any symptoms OR you had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test) then –
- Get tested at least 5 days after the close contact exposure. Results will be accepted from PCR, NAAT, or rapid antigen testing. This includes the use of an in-home, rapid antigen test, but test results must be dated and a different image of a new test result with a date must be supplied each week.
- Wear a medical/health grade mask (not cloth) around others, particularly in all public indoor settings, for 10 days from the date of close contact.
- Monitor yourself for any COVID-19 symptoms for 10 days. If during this time you test positive or develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate from other people and immediately seek medical advice.
- If you are UNVACCINATED or have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible and are NOT having any symptoms, then –
- Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days (day 0 through day 5) after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. The date of your close contact exposure is considered day 0. Wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home, if possible.
- For 10 days after your last close contact with someone with COVID-19, watch for fever (100.4 F or greater), cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms.
- If you do not develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after the exposure. Results will be accepted from PCR, NAAT, or rapid antigen testing. This includes the use of an in-home, rapid antigen test, but test results must be dated and a different image of a new test result with a date must be supplied each week.
- If you develop symptoms, get tested immediately and isolate until you receive your test results. If you test positive, follow isolation
- If you are unable to get a test five days after last close contact with someone with COVID-19, you can leave your home after day 5 if you have been without COVID-19 symptoms throughout the 5-day period.
- Wear a well-fitting mask medical/health grade mask (not cloth) for 10 days after your date of last close contact when around others at home and in public.
- Avoid people who are immunocompromised/at high risk for severe disease, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.
UNM-Specific Self-Isolation Requirements
UNM has put in place additional health and safety requirements to help reduce the likelihood of transmitting the virus to others (For additional information, see the CDC guidance on “What to do for quarantine”.):
- If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
- Wear a mask at all times when you are outside of your room or home (which includes walking to a shared bathroom).
- Attend classes remotely, not in person, while in quarantine.
- Utilize carryout or mobile ordering pickup for food service.
- Do not have visitors in your room or home or socialize in person.
- Clean any shared spaces before and after use.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Wipe bathroom surfaces with sanitizer/disinfectant before and after use.
- Monitor yourself for flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, body aches).
Have questions related to COVID-19? Call the New Mexico Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline at: 1-855-600-3453.
How does UNM address student self-reporting of positive COVID-19 diagnosis and concerns about student exposure and transmission?
UNM's COVID-19 Rapid Response Team (RRT), comprised of medical and emergency response professionals, will operate in Summer 2022 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, working with UNM's Covid Coordinator.
Students who are identified as having possibly been exposed either on campus or in a residence hall due to proximity to an individual confirmed to be COVID positive may be advised to obtain testing via email notification. Please watch for any emails from the UNM Rapid Response Team (RRT) for detailed information.
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.
*For additional information please see the FAQ page.