University of New Mexico President Garnett S. Stokes announced on Thursday an extension of its current limited operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The extension continues through Thursday, April 30.
UNM moved to limited operations on March 17 utilizing a tiered system to classify employees into three tiers. Only Tier 1 personnel should continue reporting to work on campus, while all others will continue working remotely as they have been doing.
“We have had to make a number of difficult, yet responsible, decisions over the past weeks that quickly pivoted us from what we know and expect of the University experience,” said President Stokes. “It is now more vital than ever for us to thoughtfully consider what our immediate and long-term circumstances may look like as we enter the FY21 budget year.
“Factors such as enrollment, state appropriations and our current fiscal and operational models will need to be carefully assessed to align with and effectively support our mission – all the while taking into account the impact on our students, employees and broader University community.”
President Stokes also highlighted student measures for academic success including a recent UNM Faculty Senate’s resolution COVID-19 Measures for Student Academic Success. UNM’s Office of Advising Strategies has developed a COVID-19 Advisor Resources web page and recently added a Q&A for students regarding options to elect credit or no credit for their grades.
Summer/Fall Registration Remains on Schedule
UNM is also moving ahead with plans for both Summer and Fall 2020 course registration. UNM will only offer online and remote courses will be offered during the regular and first half summer session that begins June 1; for the second session, students should periodically check online or with advisors for the latest information regarding the possibility of in-person courses being available.
Registration begins on April 13 for the approximately 4,337 course sections available this summer – including thesis and dissertation credits – across all campuses. As of now, the Fall 2020 semester will proceed as originally planned.
“We will continue to monitor conditions and modify the Fall schedule as necessary,” said Stokes. “We will keep you informed as these important decisions are made.”
For a list of limited operations for many of UNM’s departments, visit UNM main campus services during period of limited operations.