UNM branches, like the main campus in Albuquerque, are on an extended break off campus as a safety precaution against the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus. UNM has branches in Gallup, Los Alamos, Taos, Valencia County in Los Lunas, and on the Albuquerque westside.
In a brief sent out from James Malm, chancellor of the Gallup branch, he said that while break is extended, the Gallup campus remains open for faculty, staff, and students who might need access to resources on campus. All campus events that expect 50 or more attendees are canceled through April 30.
An update on the Los Alamos branch website said campus will be staffed by limited personnel, while some employees work from home. Campus will be closed for the day Friday, March 20. Limited operations are currently scheduled through April 5.
Classes that were already operating as online courses will resume on March 23. Most classes that were previously operating as face-to-face classes are transitioning to the online format and will be rolling out as soon as they are available. Students are encouraged to check UNM emails accounts and contact instructors with questions.
To continue to support students while also recognizing community health concerns, Student Services staff will have limited availability in person. Although their offices will be open, they will primarily provide services online and by phone. Students may call 505-662-5919 to make appointments.
Secret City Kitchen, the café at UNM-LA, has expanded service to provide online ordering with curbside delivery. Please monitor the website for updated information.
Chancellor Patrick Valdez said in an update this week that the UNM-Taos campus has enacted changes to support students, staff, and faculty, while at the same time allowing it to “exercise an abundance of caution and contribute to social distancing (when possible).”
To support social distancing and to minimize the spread of the virus, UNM-Taos will be open with reduced hours and limited operations. Campus will be open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campus will not physically be open on Fridays, but operations will continue remotely.
Student spring break extends until Sunday, April 5. UNM will have no in-person/face-to-face classes until Monday, April 6, however, online classes for the remainder of the spring semester and second 8-week courses will begin on Monday, March 23, as originally scheduled.
For the time being, in alignment with UNM guidelines, the NM Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, and World Health Organization, campus events are cancelled through the end of April.
“We believe that the limited campus hours will contribute to the social distancing objective, provide balance between effective operations, keep our campus open, and help ‘flatten the curve,’” Valdez said.
The UNM-Valencia campus is following along with the main campus instructions and keeping the campus — for the most part — closed to the community. Most buildings can only be accessed by staff and faculty. The Student Services building is being monitored and there is minimal access for students. For example, the library is completely closed. Campus staff and faculty are operating on the tiered system for employees.
Jon Lechel, public relations specialist, said the campus is updating the public (students) via listserv, Facebook, campus marquee, and referring them to the UNM Coronavirus website.
Spring break has been extended to Sunday, April 5, with classes expected to resume Monday, April 6.
The UNM-West campus is following the standardized university guidance. Spring break has been extended to Sunday, April 5, with classes expected to resume Monday, April 6.