The University of New Mexico announced late-Friday that it will pivot operations to align with new state health orders issued earlier in the day by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The new orders, which include a statewide lockdown beginning Monday, Nov. 16, and continuing through Monday, Nov. 30, are in response to the state’s soaring coronavirus infection rate.
The state’s coronavirus case count established a record-breaking week with the state hitting new highs in infections, hospitalizations and deaths. The governor’s stay at home order is in effect for the rest of the month, except for essential outings. Additionally, unless they live together, gatherings of more than five people remain prohibited, while masks are required in all public settings.
In response to the governor's order, UNM will pivot its operations to ensure alignment with the state in an effort to help keep the community safe. The week of Nov. 16 will now serve as a transition week, where instructors will be encouraged to offer classes remotely where possible and to complete all face-to-face classes by Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. Starting Nov. 22, all classes will be conducted remotely. UNM was already set to begin remote classes following the Thanksgiving break. Updated plans for the end of Fall 2020 and the beginning of Spring 2021 semesters have been posted and concurrent plans that apply to UNM Health Sciences are also in place.
“Our state has seen a very concerning rise in COVID-19 cases and I can’t state strongly enough how important it is that we all continue to exercise every means possible to help slow the spread of the virus in our community,” said UNM President Garnett S. Stokes in a campuswide email Friday night. “Our University remains committed to our original principles to protect the health of our faculty, staff, students, and all New Mexicans; continue our critical core missions of education, discovery, creation, and service; and protect our university for the long-term.”
UNM's Human Resources Department also sent out updated information as UNM enters into another period of Limited Operations again this fall. During the week of Nov. 16, departments will begin to evaluate their operations and restrict work on campus to those whose duties are critical and must be performed on-site. Duties needed on-site may fluctuate over time and employees and their supervisors should discuss these changes in schedules. For example, some staff may be required on-site to aid faculty and students during their transition to remote learning and possibly through the end of the semester. UNM Health Sciences Center (HSC) will continue to operate under the current guidelines posted at HSC COVID-19 Information.
For more information, refer to the latest Limited Operations Guidelines and Measures document for assistance in how to determine work Tier level, and pay for Main and Branch Campuses. At this time, these guidelines are in effect through Jan. 15, 2021.
Below is a list of updated operations as of Saturday, Nov. 14. Additional updates will be added as they become available.
All Johnson Center pools and recreational facilities will reserve restricted access until further notice as of Nov. 16, in accordance with the Governor’s latest public health order. Only authorized individuals performing assigned duties will be allowed access. All Recreational Services and NESS staff are working remotely.
The UNM LoboCard Office will provide in-person services by appointment only beginning Monday, Nov. 16. To schedule an appointment or to ask a question, email the LoboCard Office at firstname.lastname@example.org Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Facilities Management Lock Shop will move to appointment-only service effective Monday, Nov. 30.
Parking & Transportation Services
PATS is making temporary changes to business operations and parking enforcement effective Monday, Nov. 23. The new changes will remain in place until further notice. For continued updates, visit PATS website.
For a full list of canceled and postponed shows, visit the Popejoy wesbite.
All departments within the Division of Student Affairs will be working remotely through the end of the semester with the exception of the UNM Children's Campus and Student Health and Counseling. Please check the UNM Children's Campus and Student Health and Counseling websites for specific details on hours and services.
For more information and a complete list of current hours for OSA departments, visit Fall 2020 Department Hours of Operation."
Student Union Building
Beginning Monday, Nov. 16, the UNM's Student Union Building will transition to restricted access pursuant to university and state guidelines. All departments within the SUB will continue to provide remote services. Please check department websites for updated information and access to services. For continued updates, visit the SUB website.
University Libraries is closed to the public beginning Monday, Nov. 16. This includes all library buildings. Zimmerman Library will be open on Sunday, Nov. 15 as planned. University Libraries will offer limited carry out service and all virtual services are outlined on its website. Updated details will be posted on the library website as soon as they become available.
Limited Operations Updates can be found on the UNM Bookstore website.
Continuous updates are posted to the food.unm.edu homepage.
UNM Golf Courses
UNM Golf Courses are temporarily closed, effective Monday, Nov. 16.
UNM Residence Life & Student Housing
Continuous updates are posted to the housing.unm.edu homepage.
For additional information, visit operational updates.