Vaccination, Testing & Masking Requirements
To protect and preserve the health, safety and welfare of the UNM community, the University of New Mexico will require that all faculty, staff and students accessing University facilities and programs be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible.
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.
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:
- Complete the appropriate exemption form.
- Upload the completed exemption form on the UNM vaccination verification site. The request will then be reviewed by the appropriate office.
- Expect an e-mail response [note that high volume may lengthen response time].
- 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
Faculty, Staff, and Students at the Health Sciences Center who have a pending or approved Religious or Disability/Medical Condition/Pregnancy/Lactation Status exemption or accommodation from receiving the vaccine are required to submit to weekly COVID testing.
Note that effective Monday, May 16th, weekly COVID testing is no longer required for Main or Branch Campus faculty, staff, and students with religious or medical exemptions.
Who does this apply to?
UNM employees and students at the Health Sciences Center who have a pending or approved Religious or Disability/Medical Condition/Pregnancy/Lactation Status exemption or accommodation from the vaccine requirement are subject to regular COVID testing and must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test every seven (7) calendar days.
What tests are accepted?
Results will be accepted from PCR, NAAT, or rapid antigen tests. Mail-order PCR saliva tests are acceptable, such as the test available from the Vault Health. In-home, rapid antigen tests are also acceptable, but test results must be dated and a different image of a new test result with a date must be supplied each week
Where do I get tested?
The COVID-19 test will be at the expense of the employee/student. The State of New Mexico has contracted with a test provider that currently provides tests free of charge.
Other testing locations may be found online through the NM DOH. Please note that testing for this purpose is not available at Student Health and Counseling (SHAC).
Where do I report my results?
Employees and students are required to upload a copy of their test results at the UNM COVID-19 Test Results Upload Site as soon as they are received, but no later than Friday each week. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test is due every seven (7) calendar days.
What if my test results are Positive?
If you test positive, you should quarantine yourself, report your positive diagnosis online at https://hr.unm.edu/self-report. UNM follows CDC guidance as it relates to testing following a positive diagnosis, which indicates that individuals may continue to test positive for up to 90 days following their diagnosis. Individuals who test positive are excused from the weekly testing requirement for 90 days following the date of their positive test. So long as individuals report their positive test as required via https://hr.unm.edu/self-report, they will not receive weekly testing requests during this 90-day period.
Do I have to test if I’m not working or on Leave?
Employees are required to submit test results in any week that they work one or more days. If an employee is on leave (annual, sick, PPL, etc) for one or more full weeks, they are not required to submit test results during weeks when they are not working.
Similarly, on-call employees are only required to submit test results during weeks when they are actively working. On-call employees who do not work any shifts during a given week are not required to submit test results for that week.
What about University holidays or breaks?
Similar to when on leave, employees are not required to test while the university is closed for winter break, unless they are physically working on campus during that period of time. Employees are required to submit test results for the partial work weeks before and after winter break, unless they are on leave for the entirety of each week, respectively.
Students are not required to submit test results during Winter Break (weeks of December 20th, 27th, and January 3rd). Students are required to submit their initial test result for the Spring the week before the semester starts, with results due on Friday, January 14th.
Do I have to test if I am on sabbatical or academic leave?
Main/Branch Campus faculty on sabbatical or academic leave who are not accessing campus facilities are not required to submit weekly test results. Main/Branch Campus faculty on sabbatical or academic leave accessing campus facilities are still required to submit weekly test results and should keep their chair informed as to the status of their need to be present on campus.
For academic year (9-month) faculty, do I have to test when outside the periods of campus duty?
Unless they are engaged in a compensated activity, academic year (9-month) faculty are not required to report weekly test results for the full weeks that they are not expected to report for campus duty as defined by Faculty Handbook Policy C90: Dates of Campus Duty. This means that during the full weeks that comprise Fall intersession and Summer session, academic year faculty are not required to submit weekly test results unless they are engaged in compensated work (summer or intersession instruction, summer research, summer administration).
This page was last updated on (May 16th, 2022 at 9:45 am).