On-Campus Worksite Protocols

Managers, supervisors, and academic leaders should be able to meet the guidelines below as they continue preparations to transition services back to fuller operations on campus. Please note that these guidelines evolve as the situation regarding the pandemic evolves but the UNM community must do their best to comply at all times.

As we move towards fuller operations, everyone should:

  • Follow the COVID-Safe Practices above.
  • Continue to conduct remote work to the greatest extent possible. Telecommuting should remain the default for the majority of UNM faculty, staff and students.
  • Take responsibility for disinfecting personal work spaces and collaborate with supervisor plans to create a safe shared workspace.

Supervisors should:

  • Arrange workplaces to provide for a minimum of six feet of distance between individuals.
  • Design office schedules to accommodate remote work and to support social distancing in the office space.
  • Close common areas where personnel are likely to congregate or modify them to minimize contact.
  • Provide for meetings to take place remotely whenever possible, even for participants who may be in the same building.
  • Coordinate routine and regular disinfection of common contact sites (keyboards, monitors and touch screens, door handles, multi-user equipment, etc.)
  • Share training to encourage the use of tools that will reduce viral spread, including software tools for telecommuting and virtual meetings, new office housekeeping processes, and new ways of conducting business that minimize contact.
  • Develop a gradual approach to bringing people back to campus while remaining flexible to all the various situations they are currently encountering (i.e., health issues, childcare, etc.).
  • Communicate plans and protocols regularly and clearly.

To keep everyone safe, UNM has developed the following guides. These guides explain how UNM plans to protect you and what your role is in protecting the pack.

Human Resources has developed a COVID-19 return to work training, which reviews the protocols and requirements UNM has adopted to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus. The training will automatically appear as an assignment in each employee’s Learning Central Learning Plan, similar to other annual mandatory trainings. Employees are required to complete the training before physically returning to campus, and no later than one week after their physical return to campus.

Daily Symptom Screening

Consistent with the State of New Mexico’s COVID-Safe Practices for all employers, UNM faculty, staff, and students are required to complete a daily symptom screening prior to coming to campus.  To comply with this directive, all UNM employees will receive a daily email asking if they plan on coming to campus that day, and if so, if they are experiencing symptoms that can be associated with COVID-19.  Main/branch campus employees will receive an email from covidscreen@unm.edu, and HSC employees will receive an email from symptomattestation@salud.unm.edu.

Employees who are experiencing symptoms are directed not to come to work, and are instructed on next steps based on their respective self-reporting policy:

To ensure the safety of our campus community as well as compliance with State requirements, all employees are expected to respond to this request each day.  Further, we recognize that some members of our community may not have the technology resources available to complete the email screening. In these cases, an alternative screening process (proceso de selección alternativo) should be used. Please consult with your supervisor about your request to utilize the alternative screening process and any internal department procedures.

Departments are encouraged to post signage related to symptom screening and self-reporting requirements at their worksites, targeting areas such as time clocks and entry doors. Supervisors should communicate the screening and self-reporting process to their employees and ensure that all employees working on-site understand these requirements. 

As part of the daily screening process, some departments may take temperatures to ensure that their employees (including faculty, staff, and student workers) do not have a fever. Although the CDC does not require that temperatures be taken, some physical health and care service areas have chosen to do so. Among those are:

  • Athletics- Prior to facility entry, the Athletics Training staff check the temperatures of all employees and student athletes as part of their own Daily Wellness Questionnaire process. The wellness check is in addition to the Daily Symptom Screening submission. No visitors other than contactors performing work are allowed access.
  • UNM Children’s Campus- checks the temperature of all employees and children prior to entering facility. The employees are also asked to verify they completed the Daily Symptom Screening submission and asked several questions about travel. As part of the child check-in, questions are asked about the child’s general health and travel. Visitors are currently restricted per NM Child Care Licensing. Only individuals with an essential business purpose are permitted access with a successful temperature check and no symptoms.

If employees or supervisors have questions regarding these requirements, they should contact Human Resources at clientsv@unm.edu

Building/Area Closures for COVID-Related Cleaning

In support of The University of New Mexico’s Bring Back the Pack Initiative, Facilities Management (FM) has provided multiple resources for campus departments, students, and staff to help navigate the availability and safety of buildings. 

Once approved for reopen, buildings are listed on the Facilities Approved for Re-Open page, sorted by both re-open date and building name. These lists should assist service providers plan for upcoming reopens and help campus users determine which facilities are open for business before they leave their home or office. With facilities reopening during the pandemic, there will naturally be questions about the safety of facilities and what to do if there is suspected exposure to the virus. 

FM has provided a COVID-Related Guidance page dedicated to offering a roadmap for department leadership, relating to their facilities, if staff or students report positive or possible exposure to COVID-19. The page also includes a developing FAQ section for key topics such as HVAC units and FM Custodial cleaning protocols. 

In the event a facility has a COVID-19 related exposure, a regularly updated Building/Area Closures for COVID-Related Cleaning list is provided showing buildings, or spaces within buildings, that have been temporarily closed for cleaning and when they’ve received an “All Clear” for resumption of operations. 

Links to these resources can also be found on the FM homepage under the Bringing Back the Pack heading.