Expectations for the Pack

In order to operate on campus more fully, we will have to create a culture of mutual protection – protection of our students, of our staff, of our faculty, and of our New Mexico community. In our classrooms, in our studios, in our labs, in our dormitories, in our retail spaces. The core elements of this culture will be:

  • Hygiene – frequent, regular hand-washing; frequent cleaning of spaces
  • Distancing – minimizing, but not eliminating, physical proximity; limiting group sizes; creating physical barriers
  • Screening – staying home while sick; actively screening every day if it’s ok to come to work or class
  • Masks – wearing masks all the time in public, at meetings, at in-person classes, including instructors.
  • Culture – making these behaviors and actions normal social expectations so that I keep you safe, and you keep me safe.

The goal of our actions —individual and collective— is to reduce and minimize transmission so that isolated cases do not become wide-spread infections. These behaviors are critically supported by the state’s testing capacity, and by aggressive contact tracing, either by the state or by capacity created within UNM.

COVID-Safe Practices (CSPs)

  • Stay home when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath) or if you have been exposed to the virus. Follow UNM’s self-reporting requirements.
  • Promote and maintain a safe social distance in all work/common areas.
  • Wear a cloth face covering or mask when in common and shared areas.
  • Wash hands regularly and cover coughs or sneezes with tissue or your arm. Use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not possible, but hand washing with soap and water is most effective.
  • Take ownership of your work spaces and clean personal and shared surfaces regularly with effective cleaning supplies.
  • Reduce the proximity or density of employees who are required to come to campus, especially in open/crowded work areas; all employees who can do their job effectively through telecommuting should continue to do so.
  • Work with your supervisor to telecommute if possible, or review available leave if you are unable to telecommute.

We will be returning to a new environment, and much of these protocols will be novel to all campus community members. In recognition of how difficult this may be, training in these practices is being developed and will be available to all. Recognizing that building a culture of mutual protection represents a challenge in this stressful environment, UNM has centralized access to mental health resources at mentalhealth.unm.edu. A true culture of health supports students, staff, and faculty in seeking care and well-being. Remember that UNM has wellness resources available to support our community during these difficult times.


Business operations and office spaces are to limit occupancy to 25% of normal limits. Formal class experiences that include an essential face-to-face element must operate with masks and social distancing of at least 6 feet. Seats have been removed from classrooms, or, in the case of fixed seating, marked, to ensure this requirement. Depending on room geometry, this generally reduces rooms to one-third of normal seating capacity. Classrooms a posting of COVID-19 Safe maximum capacity, marked entries and exits, and mask wearing is mandatory.