The Pack is Back: A Safe Return to Campus

Welcome to the Fall 2021 Semester. Here's what you need to know.

The University of New Mexico, including our Health Sciences Center (HSC), is working hard to responsibly “Bring Back the Pack” by enacting a comprehensive plan to move our campus back to a fully operational status. This week, here’s what you need to know:

Processes for Non-Compliance with
Administrative Mandate On Required COVID-19 Vaccination

Latest Guidance:

Continuing Guidance:

Phasing Our Return to Full Operations

UNM has developed a comprehensive design for Bringing Back the Pack in Spring 2021.  Limited group of individuals are permitted to return to campus to maintain critical functions and to support Spring semester planning. Services will continue to be available remotely, buildings will largely remain locked, and campus access will remain limited. Yet, our campuses will be forging the tools for protecting Lobos and helping them thrive under new and challenging conditions.

UNM will resume some of the essential operations that have been put on hold since March 13, 2020, including research and creative work that require in-person access to specialized facilities and provision of services to our students and the citizens of New Mexico and deliver the critical elements of an in-person education in a controlled way that minimizes transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

As directed by state health officials, we are continuing to phase in our return to operations in a limited manner with an emphasis on the safety of our internal and external communities. We are ensuring that all members of our community who are able to do so continue to work and learn remotely during this phase.  Some faculty, staff, and students, however, will need to return to campus when it is appropriate in order to complete their work in our mission areas. 

Within each major area of university operations: Academic Affairs, Finance and Administration, the President’s Office, within the specialized areas of the Health Sciences Center, and on each of our branch campuses, leadership will communicate directly with their units to organize and prioritize the areas that can start to move to an increased on-campus presence. 

Once a department’s Return to Operations plan has been approved by the appropriate Dean/Director, the next step towards increasing your department’s on-campus presence will be to formally submit a Facility Reopen Request on the Facility Reopen Request website.  

Managers and Supervisors should not begin asking employees to return to campus until they receive final approval/confirmation through the UNM Facility Reopen Approval Process.

In the remainder of this document, we outline specific steps and actions that units must take, when authorized by their respective leadership, to allow the return of additional faculty, staff, and students to campus.