Vaccination, Testing & Masking Requirements

Vaccination Requirements

To protect and preserve the health, safety and welfare of the UNM community, The University of New Mexico requires that all students accessing campus facilities, housing, programs, services, and activities in person must be up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccination, subject to limited exemptions, before Friday, September 30.

This mandate requires all UNM faculty, staff and students who access campus facilities, housing, programs, services and activities in person to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, subject to limited exemptions.

Please visit UNM’s vaccine verification site to upload documentation confirming your vaccination status.

This mandate was endorsed by the UNM Board of Regents on August 5, 2021, and went into effect on that date.
Click here to read the full text of the mandate.

Masking Requirements

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.

Exemptions to the Vaccination Mandate

The University of New Mexico permits accommodations to this mandate, based on qualifying disabilities or serious medical conditions, or for the religious observances, beliefs, and practices of its students and employees.

If you believe you qualify for an exemption, please complete the following steps:

  1. Complete the appropriate exemption form.
  2. Upload the completed exemption form on the UNM vaccination verification site. The request will then be reviewed by the appropriate office.
  3. Expect an e-mail response [note that high volume may lengthen response time].
  4. Individuals with approved exemptions may be required to comply with additional Covid Safe Practices.

Students who have been granted a limited remote online exemption from the UNM Administrative Mandate on Required Vaccination should be aware that not all degree programs at UNM can be completed entirely online. Click here for a list of degrees that can be completed entirely online A limited remote online exemption exempts a student from providing proof of vaccination based on the student's commitment not to visit UNM's physical campuses during the semester of exemption. The limited remote online exemption only pertains to the UNM Administrative Mandate on Required Vaccination. It does not apply to or guarantee enrollment in online classes, availability of classes online, or availability of degree programs online. Students who have been granted a limited remote online exemption should work closely with their advisors to develop a feasible plan for degree completion.

Required COVID-19 Testing

Effective Tuesday, August 16th, UNM no longer requires regular COVID-19 testing for individuals with exemptions for the vaccine mandate.


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This page was last updated on (August 16th, 2022 at 11:30 am).