(Latest page update - March 13, 2023)

Campus updates regarding COVID-19 or coronavirus for The University of New Mexico published in the UNM Newsroom are listed below in chronological order.

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UNM lifts COVID-19 vaccinations requirement for most Lobos
March 13, 2023

After evaluating current public health guidance, and in consultation with its own medical and public health experts, The University of New Mexico will no longer require the COVID-19 primary vaccine series for students and employees, effective today. However, UNM Health and Health Sciences programs and clinical areas will continue to maintain its COVID-19 vaccine requirements.

UNM considers lifting COVID-19 vaccine mandate
February 7, 2023

The University of New Mexico is reviewing a proposal to lift its COVID-19 vaccine series administrative mandate for students and employees. The proposal review comes from a recommendation from UNM’s Health Protocols Committee.

UNM recommends masks for campus community
June 20, 2022

With Bernalillo, McKinley and Valencia counties now categorized as “high COVID-19 community levels” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The University of New Mexico is recommending that masks be worn indoors at its Albuquerque, Gallup and Valencia campuses, effective June 21. 

UNM set to lift mask mandate March 19
March 9, 2022

As COVID-19 conditions in New Mexico continue to improve, and with the latest New Mexico Public Health Order expected to expire after March 18, The University of New Mexico today announced it is lifting its indoor masking requirement effective Saturday, March 19, 2022.

UNM updates mask requirements amid omicron surge
January 13, 2022

While vaccines are our most powerful tool against COVID-19, masks remain an important form of protection from airborne diseases so wearing a good quality mask is critical. To further protect students, staff, and faculty in UNM learning and research environments, cloth masks will no longer comply with the existing masking requirements. Effective Jan. 18, UNM will require that medical or health grade masks be worn. UNM students, staff, and faculty should wear three-ply or better medical/health procedure masks (ASTM Type 1, 2 or 3 or better).

New entry requirements for events at The Pit
December 20, 2021

Due to the increased health risks posed by surging COVID-19 numbers and the emerging threat of the omicron variant, The University of New Mexico Department of Athletics is announcing a change in the entry requirements for all events in The Pit. The new directive will start with the women’s and men’s basketball games on Tuesday, Dec. 28.

UNM updates COVID Administrative Vaccine Mandate to include booster shot requirement
December 8, 2021

The University of New Mexico has updated its COVID Administrative Vaccine Mandate and will now require a booster shot requirement as part of its COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The requirement applies to all current employees and students to receive a booster dose of the vaccine when eligible according to the FDAIndividuals who received their second dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) on or before June 15, 2021, or their single dose of a viral vector vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) on or before October 15, 2021, must provide documentation of receipt of a booster dose no later than January 17, 2022.

UNM vaccination requirement set for spring semester
November 20, 2021

UNM will continue its COVID-19 vaccination requirement into the 2022 spring semester and has made it easy for students to submit their record of full COVID-19 vaccination to the UNM vaccine verification site or a request for an exemption. The UNM vaccine verification site, exemption forms, and more information can be found at Vax the Pack

UNM updates vaccine verification site
November 19, 2021

To better track vaccination status, the UNM Vaccine Verification Program site has been updated for students, learners, faculty and staff to upload documentation of receiving a COVID-19 booster shot. The University encourages all those who receive a COVID booster shot to do so as representative data helps greatly in analyzing trends and informing future decisions. Those who had received an exemption, but have since been vaccinated, are also encouraged to update their status.

UNM announces COVID-safe indoor event protocols
October 28, 2021

The University of New Mexico has announced COVID-safe protocols for indoor events. At all indoor events hosted by UNM, including athletics, attendees must wear masks throughout the event unless actively drinking or eating, in accordance with the New Mexico Public Health order. 

New hires and rehires required compliance involving COVID-19 vaccination mandate
October 11, 2021

Individual compliance with the administrative mandate on required COVID-19 vaccination remains a University priority. In order to continue efforts to maintain compliance, effective immediately, new and rehired employees in all classifications (regular, term, on-call, temporary, and non-credit earning teachers) will be required to demonstrate compliance with the vaccine mandate on or before the start date of employment.

Popejoy Hall announces vaccination policy
September 29, 2021

Popejoy Hall patrons will soon need more than a ticket when attending this season’s performances. Effective Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, a new policy will require patrons to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours to enter the theater located on The University of New Mexico's main campus at the UNM Center for the Arts.

New security options enabled for UNM Zoom accounts
September 23, 2021

Since moving to remote and hybrid learning environments at the onset of the pandemic, UNM Information Technologies (IT) has continuously worked to assure the security of digital classrooms. Beginning Nov. 1, UNM will require new security measures to protect the privacy of faculty and students.

UNM extends vax incentive deadline, giving Lobos more time to cash in
August 23, 2021

Thousands of students at The University of New Mexico have a fresh $100 in their bursar’s account, and it’s not too late for more Lobos to cash in on the COVID-19 vaccine incentive program for students and employees. The deadline to register has been extended to Sept. 30.

UNM implements vaccine mandate
August 5, 2021

The University of New Mexico will mandate COVID-19 vaccinations of its faculty staff and students to help protect the health, safety and welfare of the UNM campus community. The mandate received unanimous approval from the UNM Board of Regents in a special meeting Aug. 5.

UNM creates process for vaccine exemption requests
August 4, 2021

The University has developed a process in order to streamline and route COVID-19 vaccine exemption requests appropriately. In order to request a vaccine exemption, visit vaccine requirement exemption.

UNM revises policy on mask-wearing
July 29, 2021

Effective Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, UNM will require masks to be worn indoors by all individuals, vaccinated and unvaccinated, at all locations on the UNM Albuquerque, Taos, and Valencia campuses, as well as our regional site in Sandoval County.  Masks must be worn in any indoor group setting, including classrooms. 


Vax the Pack: UNM offers money for proof of full vaccination
July 15, 2021

Silent Lights, Freshman Convocation, Welcome Back Days, Commencement– the list of opportunities to have fun, make friends and enjoy UNM’s amazing campus is endless! After a difficult and distanced year, The University of New Mexico is eager to welcome Lobos back to a dynamic and healthy in-person campus experience this Fall. It’s up to every Lobo to make sure that happens – and the University is offering rewards to incentivize a 100 percent Vax the Pack goal.

UNM nixes COVID vaccination requirement for fall semester
July 8, 2021

The University of New Mexico announced it will not require students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before returning to campus this August. Currently, available vaccines are still under Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA, so UNM opted not to require vaccination during the Fall semester, however, UNM will continue to strongly urge its community to get vaccinated for the safety of one and all.

UNM adopts CDC guidelines on mask wearing
May 17, 2021

Effective immediately, UNM will follow the newly revised CDC guidelines on mask wearing, in alignment with the state’s latest public health order. This allows vaccinated persons to forego mask-wearing both indoors and outdoors, except in those places where explicit policy requires it.  Mask wearing will still be required by all persons on UNM shuttle busses and in the UNM Health System and other UNM Health Care settings.

UNM plans campus return
May 3, 2021

The University of New Mexico today released plans for its return to main campus this summer. UNM is tentatively targeting Monday, Aug. 2 as its return for mostly in-person operations. UNM began remote work operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 17, 2020.

Unprecedented: Lobos describe a year of virtual services at UNM
April 23, 2021

Three days before University of New Mexico President Garnett S. Stokes and leadership made the arduous decision to further protect the Pack from a virus that was quickly moving its way into the state, a bustling campus-life of 40,000 faculty, staff and students flooded the hallways and classrooms - for so many it would be at least a year before they returned in-person. Behind the scenes, the University was gearing up for what would turn out to be a year of unprecedented and trying times.

Register and be ready to get vaccinated for COVID-19
April 7, 2021

As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes increasingly available to the general public, including students, The University of New Mexico is reminding all of the need to register on the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) COVID-19 Vaccine Registration web site to be contacted for a vaccination. Additionally, as part of UNM's efforts to manage the spread of COVID-19, The University is encouraging all members of the UNM community to report their vaccination status via a new website. 

UNM plans outdoor commencement at University Stadium
March 31, 2021

The University of New Mexico has announced plans to celebrate the Spring 2021 graduating class with an in-person commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 15 at 9 a.m. in University Stadium. This event, for Spring 2021 graduates only, will be held under all health restrictions and guidelines—in order to ensure adequate, safely-spaced seating for all graduates—there will be no guests permitted at the ceremony.

UNM main campus services during 2021 spring semester
March 29, 2021

Beginning Monday, March 29, the Lobo Card Office will be open for walk-up hours from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Lobos who prefer to schedule their visit can make an appointment from noon to 4:45 p.m.

PD adapts to pandemic and less active campus

March 8, 2021

It has been nearly a year since the majority of students and employees of The University of New Mexico have transitioned to remote learning and work due to COVID-19. However, some units — like Facilities Management and Residence Life — have returned to campus to provide essential service as UNM engages in a hybrid learning model. One unit that never left the campus is the UNM Police Department (UNMPD).

A safety reminder about Spring Break
March 8, 2021

Spring Break is a great time to relax, rejuvenate, and gear up for the rest of the semester. But it’s also important to achieve this while actively working to protect the pack. As spring break approaches, The University of New Mexico would like to remind students and staff about COVID guidelines to remain safe over the break. All guidelines are outlined on the Bring Back the Pack website. Links to these resources can also be found on the Facilities Management homepage under the Bringing Back the Pack.

Lobo Athletics can host outdoor events with limited capacity 
February 24, 2021

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced that outdoor sporting events can be hosted by The University of New Mexico with limited fan capacity. The announcement will allow Lobo Baseball to host the Air Force Falcons this Saturday in a doubleheader at Santa Ana Star Field. Tickets are now on sale. Fans are highly encouraged to purchase advance tickets and use the mobile or print-at-home option when accessing your ticket. It will be the first major spectator sporting event with fans in the state of New Mexico since March 11, 2020, when The Pit hosted the Wednesday sessions of the NMAA State High School Basketball Tournament.

UNM Libraries updated hours and access for Spring 2021
February 16, 2021

UNM University Libraries (UL) are open for limited operations during the Spring 2021 semester. In order to maintain safe and health COVID-19 practices, all main campus library locations require a UNM Lobo card to enter the buildings. All locations adhere to the campus-wide guidelines requiring a mask worn at all times and maintaining at least six feet apart when with others.

Report outlines impacts of COVID-19 on UNM faculty
February 3, 2021

During the second half of the fall 2020 semester, Advance at UNM asked all full-time main campus faculty at UNM to participate in a climate survey that included questions about the impact of COVID-19. The Advance Social Science Research Team worked to quickly provide campus with an initial analysis of the COVID-19 impact questions. This first report provides an overview of faculty responses and offers some general recommendations

Stokes delivers 2021 State of the University message
January 21, 2021

University of New Mexico President Garnett S. Stokes struck an optimistic tone in her annual State of the University address this afternoon, lauding faculty, staff, and students for their leadership, sacrifice, and achievements in the face of “one of the most disruptive eras in our nation’s history.” Stokes opened by acknowledging the serious challenges of navigating the global pandemic, applauding the response of UNM’s Health Sciences Center and noting its vital role in providing “quality and compassionate” health care services around the globe. Click here to watch the State of the University address.

Recreational Services releases 2021 spring schedule and open facilities
January 15, 2021

UNM Recreational Services released its hours of operation and facility availability for the 2021 spring semester. Recreational Services does not anticipate additional hours or facilities becoming available for recreation. Reservations are required for Lobo Fitness: Strength, Cardio, Track & Pods.

The Pit to become mass vaccination site for UNM Health
January 12, 2021

Long known for housing some of the most iconic and memorable moments in New Mexico’s history, The Pit at The University of New Mexico will be home to another watershed moment. It will be transformed into a mass vaccination site for UNM Health officials to administer COVID-19 vaccines to the public. UNM Health officials have been administering vaccinations with guidance and support from the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH).

UNM main campus services during 2021 spring semester
January 11, 2021

As students, staff and faculty at The University of New Mexico gear up for the 2021 spring semester, some services and hours of operation will continue in a limited capacity due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. Lobos should check department and service websites, along with the Bring Back the Pack website for the most up-to-date information.

UNM President to hold virtual State of the University address
January 11, 2021

UNM President Garnett S. Stokes will be giving her annual State of the University address online. The virtual format allows the president to update the campus community while still adhering to COVID precautions. The president’s third State of the University address is expected to focus on several themes including UNM’s roll in the community through health and higher education, student success, and the sustainability of character during difficult times. Research priorities, economic development initiatives and University milestones are also on the agenda.

UNM Health receives first doses of Pfizer Coronavirus vaccine for frontline health care workers
December 15, 2020

COVID vaccinations began this week at University of New Mexico Hospital.  In the coming days, nearly 3,000 frontline workers who have direct contact with COVID-positive patients will be vaccinated. Today's vaccination clinic comes just one day after the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived at UNMH.

UNM celebrates Fall 2020 class virtually
December 7, 2020

Although it’s not quite the celebration, pomp and circumstance of the traditional commencement, The University of New Mexico will once again host a virtual ceremony due to COVID-19 precautions in recognizing the incredible accomplishments of the Fall 2020 class. It will be broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube on Friday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.

SHAC provides guidance for students considering holiday travel
November 19, 2020

College students around the country, including Lobos, usually travel home during Thanksgiving break; now University officials are echoing cautions students, staff and faculty should consider before leaving the state. The CDC released tips for traveling during the pandemic, citing that, "travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others."

PATS limits operations beginning Nov. 23
November 17, 2020

The University of New Mexico's Parking & Transportation Services (PATS) will temporary adjust its services to align with current public health orders. The changes will go into effect Monday, Nov. 23 and will remain in place until further notice.

UNM to align operations with new state health orders
November 14, 2020

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.

UNM Libraries closed to the public starting Nov. 16
November 13, 2020

UNM University Libraries are closing to the public to align with recent state guidelines. Beginning Monday, Nov. 16. all library buildings will be closed to the public.

SUB restricts access to the public beginning Nov. 16
November 13, 2020

Beginning Monday, Nov. 16, the University of New Mexico's Student Union Building will transition to restricted access pursuant to university and state guidelines.

UNM utilizes various methods of communication during inclement weather
October 26, 2020

During times of inclement weather, The University of New Mexico utilizes several methods of communication to alert the campus community with specific information about the Albuquerque campus regarding weather-related closures and delays including LoboAlert text and email announcements, television, radio and social media. Additionally, UNM's "Snow Hotline," 277-SNOW, can also be used by the campus community including faculty, staff and students regarding a weather-related closure and or delay.

UNM Food now offering main campus delivery service
October 20, 2020

To help students, faculty, and staff adapt to a more socially-distant world, UNM Food now offers delivery service to main campus for two of the more popular restaurants in the Student Union Building. Lunchtime delivery service via GrubHub is available for Subway and Mandalay from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Changes in parking and shuttle services
October 14, 2020

UNM's Parking & Transportation Services has made changes to the shuttle service and parking enforcement. These changes will remain in effect through the end of the Fall 2020 semester.

UNM to implement ID scanning in high traffic areas
October 14, 2020

The University of New Mexico is implementing a new initiative called Shared Location Entry Tracking, an ID scanning program to keep track of individuals, including vendors, contractors and visitors, entering some of the most popular buildings across campus. The new method will capture the LoboCard identification of all individuals and employees entering the building and eliminating, in most instances, the need for the manual collection of contact information to share with the New Mexico Department of Health contact tracing team. The rollout begins Friday, Oct. 16 with the Student Union Building (SUB), and Zimmerman and Centennial Libraries.

UNM to celebrate fall 2020 graduates virtually, plans hybrid spring semester
October 9, 2020

With the COVID-19 virus trends heading in a “concerning direction,” The University of New Mexico announced today that it will not host an in-person graduation this fall, instead opting for a virtual ceremony once again due to the ongoing pandemic. UNM also held a virtual ceremony for its spring 2020 graduates due to the pandemic.   

UNM implements event request process
October 8, 2020

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, public health orders issued by the New Mexico Department of Health have limited the ability for events to be held on the campus of The University of New Mexico. To track and review events before their occurrence on campus, UNM leadership, in partnership with UNM event professionals, UNM Safety & Risk Services, and UNM IT, is implementing a new event request process and information webpage.

Tentative reopening of Johnson Center and Seidler Natatorium scheduled for Oct. 12
October 5, 2020

Johnson Center's recreational facilities and Seidler Natatorium are tentatively scheduled to reopen Monday, Oct. 12. There will be limited hours, facilities, programs, services and reduced maximum occupancy. The reopening will take place in phases and proceed with an abundance of caution. 

UNM Bookstores update October store hours
October 4, 2020

The UNM Bookstores will be adjusting store hours at the main campus and north campus Medical/Legal Bookstore starting Monday, Oct. 5. The Bookstore has continually monitored the State’s public health guidelines and the University’s needs to determine the most appropriate hours of operation since June 1. With this revised set of store hours, the Bookstore aims to provide limited but regular service to the main and north campus community every week.

SUB will not serve as voting location in 2020 General Election
September 17, 2020

The University of New Mexico’s Student Union Building will not serve as a voting location this upcoming 2020 General Election. Lobos looking to cast their vote on election day can find 70 voting convenience centers open Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters can also request an absentee ballot; mailed absentee applications must be received by the clerk's office by Tuesday, Oct. 20.

UNM University Libraries reopening to the campus
September 2, 2020

UNM University Libraries (UL) is re-opening in a limited way in order to maintain and practice safe state-issued COVID-19 guidelines. Library buildings will reopen to the UNM Community on Tuesday, Sept. 8. A current Lobo Card will be required to enter.

UNM COVID-19 testing site allows for targeted testing
September 2, 2020

A parking lot on the University of New Mexico’s Central Campus has been partially turned into a COVID-19 testing site for students. The site includes several white tents set up in C Lot the Northeast corner of Las Lomas Rd. and Redondo Dr. and is not open to the public. It is being used to quickly test symptomatic students or students potentially exposed on campus. Students flagged through the school’s Daily Symptom Screening process will receive email communication from UNM or may be directed to obtain testing by Student Health and Counseling (SHAC).

PATS releases new guidelines for shuttle riders
August 14, 2020

Parking & Transportation Services at The University of New Mexico has implemented new guidelines and requirements for passengers riding the shuttle bus system. In order to maintain proper social distances within the shuttle buses, and depending on the size of the bus, seating capacity is limited to 10 passengers or less with no standing allowed.

FM website offers COVID-related facilities information
August 13, 2020

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 for the fall semester.

UNM main campus fall service hours of operation for certain departments
August 12, 2020

The University of New Mexico is taking every precaution to help combat the spread of COVID-19, while countless Lobos work hard to responsibly “Bring Back the Pack.” UNM is beginning the fall term with hybrid instruction - a combination of online and in-person classes.

University Libraries offers fall course resources
July 8, 2020

The University Libraries continues to plan for fall course resource needs, specifically on efforts to move to electronic course reserves for fall 2020 due to COVID-19.

The University Libraries (UL) recommends requests for electronic course reserves for fall are submitted by July 24. Requests submitted by or before July 24 should be accessible by the first day of fall classes. Requests submitted after July 24 will be added but may face delays.

Update on Fall 2020 class delivery modes
July 7, 2020

The University of New Mexico leadership is giving thoughtful guidance and planning to how the Fall 2020 semester will look.

Right now, UNM is planning comprehensive health measures to enable a "hybrid" semester in which some courses are delivered face-to-face, some will be remote, and some will be a mixture or hybrid of face-to-face and remote. All the classes and services that are part of the regular Lobo experience will be available in Fall 2020.

Virtual ‘NSO… To-Go' program reimagines New Student Orientation
July 2, 2020

For more than 50 years The University of New Mexico has welcomed new Lobos through an on campus New Student Orientation (NSO) program, and although the tradition will always remain, this summer, it is looking much different.

In response to COVID-19 and the University’s efforts to ‘flattening the curve,’ NSO Director, Jose Villar, and his team were tasked with developing a new and virtual orientation for incoming students and their families.

UNM implements Facility Reopen Request process
June 24, 2020

The University of New Mexico has established a request process to reopen individual departments as part of its Bring Back the Pack initiative.

The effort is designed to organize and prioritize the areas that can move towards an increased on-campus presence. UNM leadership, in partnership with UNM Facilities Management, UNM Safety & Risk Services and UNM IT, is implementing a new UNM Facility Reopen Request process.

UNM 'Brings Back the Pack' slowly
June 18, 2020

The University of New Mexico has slowly started to welcome Lobos back to campus with its Bring Back the Pack initiative. Since March 17, UNM has limited its operations and sent staff home to work in alignment with state and federal guidelines in an effort to protect the pack from the COVID-19 pandemic. This began when the COVID-19 pandemic started sweeping the nation earlier this year.

To organize its efforts to return Lobos back to campus, UNM developed a comprehensive plan to Bring Back the Pack in Fall 2020. The initial phase began June 1, allowing a limited group of individuals to return to campus to start up critical functions and support Fall planning.

UNM Student Housing will be open for Academic Year 2020-2021
June 15, 2020

The University of New Mexico believes in the benefits students gain by living on campus and interacting with the campus community while pursuing a degree. As The University develops COVID-19 safety and health guidelines to protect Lobos this fall, UNM Residence Life & Student Housing (RLSH) staff are designing creative solutions to preserve the best of the residential collegiate experience while protecting student health. 

Housing will be available for Fall 2020, the Freshman Residency Requirement has been waived and freshmen are welcome to choose UNM as their home, but that will not be the requirement for Fall 2020.

UNM Bookstores updates store hours under limited operations
June 11, 2020

The UNM Bookstore on main campus opened to the public on a limited basis on June 1 and has continued to monitor public health guidelines to inform future hours of operation.

During these limited operations, customers may pick up online orders or do returns (except for clothing items) from our lobby customer service windows or inside of the store. For an designated webpage with limited operations and regular updates, visit UNM Bookstore.

UNM faculty and students introduce 'Wellbeing at School and at Home in New Mexico'
June 11, 2020

It’s part of the department’s overall mission of individual, family and community education – the wellbeing of New Mexicans – and as families adjust to a new reality amid the COVID-19 outbreak, faculty and students at The University of New Mexico’s College of Education & Human Sciences have never been more committed.

Every two weeks, UNM’s Department of Individual, Family, & Community Education (IFCE) will publish a new issue of “Wellbeing at School and at Home in New Mexico.”

UNM-Los Alamos continues remote operations while planning re-opening
June 10, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) converted all spring semester classes to online formats in March. UNM-LA faculty who were teaching in-person classes quickly converted to new teaching techniques to continue to provide their students the opportunity to complete courses with high quality instruction.

Survey looks at food security and access amid COVID-19 outbreak
June 9, 2020

Researchers with The University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University launched a survey to better understand the impact of the coronavirus on food security and access among New Mexicans.

The goal is to reach as many people in the state as possible in order to understand how residents are responding to the pandemic, how the food system has been affected and additional needs in order to inform policy efforts during this time.

Visit Maxwell Museum online
June 3, 2020

Right now during a pandemic shutdown, people don’t have to actually visit the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology on The University of New Mexico campus to “visit” the museum. Like most museums, the Maxwell is closed right now because of concerns about COVID-19. But the museum staff is still working behind closed doors to keep the Maxwell a viable, valuable resource.

Undergraduate research showcase moves online
June 2, 2020

The COVID-19 quarantine is not stopping The University of New Mexico students from pursuing and presenting their research. Dozens of students submitted poster and oral presentations to the online version of the 2020 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Conference at UNM.

The annual Undergraduate Research Opportunity Conference (UROC) is held in April every year to showcase research projects by undergraduate students. The campus-wide event was canceled this year, but participating students were provided the opportunity to submit their presentations online

UNM unveils plan to ‘Bring Back the Pack’
May 26, 2020

For more than two-and-a-half months, most staff at The University of New Mexico have been working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic that started sweeping the nation earlier this year. Since March 17, UNM has limited its operations and sent staff home to work in alignment with state and federal guidance in an effort to protect the pack.

UNM is developing a comprehensive plan to Bring Back the Pack in fall 2020. Beginning June 1 until mid-summer, UNM will enter an initial phase designed to "Bring Back the Pack," outlined in a nine-page memo sent to all university faculty, staff and students recently.

University Libraries pivots to continue serving local community
May 26, 2020

Despite uncertainty, social distancing and a rapid transition to remote learning and working, the UNM University Libraries (UL) are continuing to provide services to UNM and the wider Albuquerque community. Students and faculty continue to receive assistance from the UNM libraries through various outlets that have been adjusted to address the needs of the community. From curbside check-out services, to computer rentals, to online research consultations, UL is pivoting to the needs of its users.

University Libraries updating spaces to benefit students
May 21, 2020

Long before COVID-19 was a concern, changes were in the works at The University of New Mexico's College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences. Since July 2018, University Libraries (UL) leaders have been thinking about how to use its on-campus spaces to better benefit student success. Thanks to their efforts, when campus finally opens back up, the community will have several new areas to explore.

Status check-in CR/NC grade mode changes
May 20, 2020

Due to sheer volume, it's likely some CR/NC grade mode change requests will not be processed by the end of the business day on Thursday, May 21 when grades will be rolled to academic history (and subsequently displayed on student transcripts.)  

Instructor approved Grade Mode Change requests received by email before 5 p.m. on May 21, as per the Spring 2020 COVID-19 Senate Resolution, will be honored, but it may take additional time beyond May 21 for the change to reflect in the student record.

UNM waiving Freshmen Residency Requirement for academic year 2020-2021
May 18, 2020

In a typical year, The University of New Mexico requires first-time undergraduate students (not qualified for an exception) to live on UNM main campus for their first academic year. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced The University to think differently about strategic planning for Fall 2020.  

In light of the current situation, UNM is waiving the Freshman Residency Requirement for Academic Year 2020-2021 meaning freshmen will NOT be required to live on campus for the upcoming school year beginning in August.

UNM to recognize 2020 spring graduates with ‘Virtual Celebration’
May 17, 2020

Commencement is a landmark moment for all students, and while nothing can replicate the in-person experience of commencement, graduating students can expect a celebration nonetheless. On Saturday, May 30, UNM will host a Spring 2020 Virtual Celebration for all graduates.

More than 3,000 students are projected to receive degrees from UNM’s Albuquerque and Extended University campuses and the institution is utilizing the “Virtual Celebration” as an opportunity to celebrate the landmark moment in for each of these spring graduates’ lives in a way that protects the health of the campus community and guests amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Honoring the Class of 2020
May 14, 2020

A statewide mandate to stay at home, a complete transition to online classes and a life-changing pandemic sweeping the globe – UNM students have faced incredible odds and overcome unchartered challenges to be counted among the Class of 2020.

Each year, The University of New Mexico Communication and Marketing team selects several graduates to represent the drive, determination and dedication of UNM's graduating class. The Class of 2020 will always hold a special place in the history of the institution – as a class that prevailed.

UNM Bookstore curbside / lobby service updates
May 13, 2020

The UNM Bookstore on main campus will begin offering “curbside” service, Monday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on a limited basis. Curbside service for the Bookstore will be lobby window service. Customers may pick up online orders or purchase course materials and merchandise from the Bookstore customer service lobby windows.

The Medical/Legal Bookstore on north campus will begin offering curbside/lobby service Wednesday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Customers may pick up online orders or purchase course materials and merchandise in the Domenici Center lobby.

UNM joins CABQ initiative to offer free outdoor Wi-Fi access
May 12, 2020

The University of New Mexico has joined the City of Albuquerque’s “Wi-Fi on Wheels” program, an initiative designed to offer free internet access at various parking lots across the city in an effort to help those without internet access during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UNM extends limited operations to June 1
May 12, 2020

University of New Mexico President Garnett S. Stokes, in consultation with University leadership, announced on Monday an extension of the institution’s current limited operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic from May 18 to June 1.

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.

Children’s Campus director working with state leaders amid COVID-19 pandemic
May 11, 2020

The University of New Mexico’s Children’s Campus Director, Daniela Baca, has been appointed to serve on the state’s newly-formed COVID-Safe Practices (CSP) subcommittee for Early Childhood.

Cabinet Secretary for the Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD), Elizabeth Groginsky said state leaders recognize the profound and essential work of early childhood education and care professionals. She said this subcommittee is designed to ensure the safety of early childhood education.

UNM Golf Courses to reopen May 2
May 1, 2020

The University of New Mexico will reopen both of the University’s golf courses, The UNM Championship Golf Course and the UNM North Golf Course, with limited operations on Saturday, May 2 following new guidelines issued by the New Mexico Department of health on Thursday. 

University golf courses will be following best practices for golf course operations under the current COVID-19 conditions. 

Lobos encouraged to join #GivingTuesdayNow global help effort
April 30, 2020

Now more than ever, Lobos are coming together to give back. Lobos can unite their effort globally by participating in #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5. The global day of action will rally people around the world to tap into the power of human connection and strengthen communities at the grassroots level.

The social sector is in crisis at the very moment the world needs it most, and GivingTuesday stands ready to rally the world at this critical time. UNM is joining in this effort with #LobosCareDay. The University is encouraging the Lobo community to support health care providers, patients and students to show that Lobos care every day.

UNM partners with NM Homeland Security to distribute masks
April 29, 2020

The state’s flagship university is working with the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency to get face shields and masks to frontline workers battling COVID-19.

The UNM School of Engineering jumped into action following Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s proactive measures to slow the spread of the virus. Engineering faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students began 3D printing face masks and producing face shields for medical providers and other first responders across the state.

Celebrating the Class of 2020
April 27, 2020

The University of New Mexico recognizes the Class of 2020 as a very special graduating group, perhaps one of the most unique in the nation’s history. While the majority of the world paused and locked down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Class of 2020 persisted – completing the requirements to earn their degrees through virtual classrooms.

Part of those extraordinary circumstances included innovating ways to celebrate Lobos’ transition from students to graduates. With large gatherings banned across the state and much of the nation, UNM announced it was postponing the Spring 2020 Commencement ceremony.

UNM IT provides essential foundation for remote work, learning
April 23, 2020

When The University of New Mexico entered a period of limited operations in mid-March, questions arose about how every day processes would move forward. The UNM Information Technology Department had answers – moving swiftly to stand up and expand frameworks it already had in place. By doing so, IT ensured the UNM community, and partners across the state of New Mexico, had the technology, infrastructure, resources and support needed to work and learn remotely.

Ergonomics: Tips for working from home
April 22, 2020

During the past month as many work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNM staff, faculty, and students have moved to a reality where working from home is currently the new norm. For some, proper office space and equipment could be limited in the home environment. Many times, a desk doubles as a dining space with only a laptop to work with.

Ergonomics is the idea of fitting a task to the capabilities of the human body. Remember the acronym N-E-W when setting up your workspace.

UNM Bookstore textbook rental return procedures
April 22, 2020

In light of the current health crisis, the UNM Bookstore has revised its previous textbook rental return procedures and deadlines in order to adhere to the most recent public health guidelines and the University’s continued limited operations status.

Considering these circumstances, the previous May 16 textbook return deadline has been extended through May 20. Each student who rented textbooks from the UNM Bookstore or the Medical/Legal Bookstore for use during the Spring 2020 semester will receive a personalized email from the UNM Bookstore textbook department, textbook@unm.edu, with their list of outstanding rental titles.

UNM extends limited operations through May 16
April 21, 2020

University of New Mexico President Garnett S. Stokes announced on Monday an extension of its current limited operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new extension continues through Saturday, May 16.

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.

ASUNM's Spring Storm tradition continues despite pandemic
April 20, 2020

Since 2003, the Associated Students of the University of New Mexico’s Community Experience has hosted Spring Storm—an event dedicated to helping the UNM campus and surrounding areas. However, with COVID-19, students had to rethink their annual event and created a Virtual Spring Storm.

Throughout the year, Community Experience hosts a variety of community service events, but their annual Spring Storm event is their largest by far. Because of this, when Community Experience announced that Spring Storm was cancelled due to COVID-19, many students were left heartbroken. That’s when the idea of a Virtual Spring Storm came about.

Graduate Studies spring deadline extended
April 15, 2020

As with so many Lobos right now, graduate students are hugely impacted by the campus shutdown. Some have put their projects on hold, some were able to finish thesis projects just before, and some are working their way through it using every resource available, from advisor advice to Zoom.

She added that it’s very important that students and faculty know that Graduate Studies is extending the Spring 2020 deadline for degree requirement submission to April 30, 2020, and that various forms of academic guidance can be found on Graduate Studies’ website.

Lobos stay active with virtual workout activities
April 14, 2020

The University of New Mexico’s Recreational Services is making sure faculty, students and staff don’t skip a beat when it comes to their workout routine during the University’s period of limited operations.

Classes and fitness activities typically take place at Johnson Center, but due to current UNM restrictions Recreational Services created a way to keep Lobos active and healthy during this time. 

UNM to restrict access to Albuquerque campus beginning April 9
April 8, 2020

Beginning Thursday, April 9, The University of New Mexico will restrict access to its Albuquerque campus pursuant to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Public Health Orders.

The coronavirus pandemic has presented a variety of challenges to public institutions. In response, UNM has taken many steps over the past several weeks to secure the wellbeing of its community to support state and national efforts to stem the spread of the virus. 

UNM’s Office of Equal Opportunity investigations continue despite COVID-19 pandemic
April 8, 2020

The University of New Mexico’s Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) continues its efforts involving civil rights investigations amid the coronavirus pandemic and has released a series of Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19 and those investigations.

As UNM has moved online to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) wants to ensure the campus community that it continues to maintain regular functions with regard to investigations. Even though UNM has moved to remote learning, OEO will continue to investigate cases, conduct interviews and hold meetings as scheduled through remote channels.

ASUNM and Resource Centers team up to provide financial stability
April 7, 2020

The Associated Students of the University of New Mexico and a variety of UNM Resources Centers have teamed up to offer $30,000 in emergency scholarships to undergraduate students in need.

The undergraduate student government in conjunction with African American Student Services, American Indian Student Services, El Centro de la Raza, LGBTQ Resource Center and Women’s Resource Center have organized an emergency scholarship fund totaling $30,000 for undergraduate students who are showing financial need during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

COVID-19 Student-Faculty Facilitation Network enhances faculty–student communication
April 6, 2020

The circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic have produced extraordinary and rapid changes to undergraduate life across the nation, and UNM is no exception. University faculty have worked quickly over the past weeks to move their classes online, adapting course delivery and assignments in an effort to preserve instructional continuity.

In its March 24 Resolution on “COVID-19 Emergency Measures for Student Success,” the Faculty Senate committed the faculty to offering flexibility, communication, and support for students during these challenging times, and authorized them to facilitate the CR/NC (credit/no credit) grading option for the remainder of the semester. 

Podcast and dashboard look at economic impact of COVID-19
April 4, 2020

The UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) is rolling out a new interactive dashboard and podcast, just in time to entertain and educate people stuck at home during the COVID-19 quarantine.

Enchanting Economics in New Mexico” is the podcast, hosted by RaeAnn McKernan and Sarun Luitel. The duo talk to local experts about important economic issues facing New Mexico, like the 2020 Census and COVID-19 quarantine.

UNM extends period of limited operations
April 3, 2020

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.

Students can opt into Credit/No Credit System
April 2, 2020

Students attending The University of New Mexico now have the opportunity to opt into a Credit/No Credit grade system with no fee or change for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. The grading option is in support of COVID-19 Emergency Measures for Student Academic Success approved by the UNM Faculty Senate.

UNM main campus services during period of limited operations
March 31, 2020

The University of New Mexico is taking several safety precautions to help combat the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus.

Academic courses are transitioning to remote instruction to the fullest extent possible. Look for direct communication from faculty instructors on how individual courses are being transitioned.

Limited operations will continue through Monday, June 1.

UNM's Human Resources division releases self-care tools amid pandemic
March 30, 2020

With most staff at The University of New Mexico entering their third week of a working from home order, UNM's Human Resources division is dedicated to ensuring student, staff and faculty are healthy both mentally and physically during the COVID -19 stay-at-home order.

UNM's Department of Human Resources has released a series of resources for maintaining physical and mental health all from within the home.

Center for Teaching and Learning moves quickly to help students and faculty
March 27, 2020

There’s no question The University of New Mexico has faced many challenges associated with the recent COVID-19 pandemic, however, those challenges have presented opportunities for the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

With many classes moving to an online format so students can take classes remotely, the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Center for Digital Learning, both programs under CTL, have been helping faculty transition their courses to online.

President Stokes and leaders host virtual town hall
March 27, 2020

UNM President Garnett S. Stokes and members of her leadership team answered questions from the campus community in a virtual town hall. 

More than 350 questions were submitted, more than 1,600 people joined the Zoom session via video conference, and phone-in attendees bumped that number to almost 2,400. The president was joined by Chancellor and Executive Vice President for Health Sciences Paul Roth, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs James Holloway and Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration Teresa Constantinidis.

UNM President Garnett S. Stokes, leadership team host town hall
March 25, 2020

University of New Mexico President Garnett S. Stokes and members of the University's leadership team will host a virtual town hall for the campus community Friday, March 27 from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Panelists will answer questions and provide the most recent up-to-date information regarding UNM’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Temporary restrictions on student access to research laboratories and facilities
March 24, 2020

The University of New Mexico takes the health and wellbeing of its students very seriously, and while the campus community is learning about the current COVID-19 pandemic, leadership is constantly assessing the situation. The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has determined that it is in the best interest of our students’ health to temporarily restrict their access to our research labs and facilities.

Please note this action affects undergraduate, graduate and non-degree students only. Access by postdocs, faculty, and staff remains unaffected, and may continue as appropriate during this time of limited operations.

UNM's Maxwell Museum closed
March 20, 2020

The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology has announced that, with news of the continuing concern of COVID-19, the museum will remain closed to the public until further notice to limit the spread of the virus in the community.

Changes affecting visitation will be communicated quickly via the museum website and Facebook and Instagram pages for the most current information.

UNM Bookstore offers limited operations, store visit updates
March 19, 2020

Due to the current health crisis and following the University’s guidance to implement limited operations, the UNM Bookstore on main campus will be closed March 18-20 and will reopen with reduced hours on March 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Additionally, the UNM Medical Legal Bookstore on north campus is closed until further notice.

Staff Council postpones precinct elections
March 19, 2020

In light of the continued calls for social distancing, UNM Staff Council is postponing 2020 Precinct Elections and is canceling several other events. Depending on further guidance regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, elections will be rescheduled as soon as possible the week after UNM returns to normal operations

UNM branch campuses follow main campus lead on closures, limited operations
March 18, 2020

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.

Tamarind Institute open to visitors online
March 18, 2020

Necessity is the mother of invention for the Tamarind Institute at The University of New Mexico. As most of the university, Tamarind has shut its doors due to the current public health crisis but wants to let people continue to enjoy its collection and learn about the artists who work there. Therefore, Tamarind will be operating virtually through April 6, according to institute director Diana Gaston.

UNM to extend spring break through April 5 in effort to reduce potential transmission of coronavirus
March 13, 2020

The University of New Mexico today announced that it will extend its spring break through April 5 in an effort to reduce potential transmission of the coronavirus, or COVID-19. Additional details on how this will affect faculty and staff are still being developed.  

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham recently declared a state public health emergency, including the closure of K-12 schools statewide through April 5. 

Popejoy Presents events postponed
March 12, 2020

Due to the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency and the Secretary of Health’s public health order, The University of New Mexico is taking proactive measures to keep the campus community healthy.

Therefore, all Popejoy Presents events prior to April 30 have been postponed.

Coronavirus site for the UNM campus community
March 12, 2020

The University of New Mexico strives to promote and maintain a safe, healthy learning and working environment for all of our students, faculty, staff and visitors. UNM is closely monitoring the emerging global public health concern related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) through trusted authorities including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)U.S. Department of StateWorld Health OrganizationNew Mexico Department of Health and UNM Health Sciences.

In an effort to keep the campus community informed, a webpage that provides updates and information relevant to the UNM community along with links to various resources is available to students, faculty and staff as well as parents. The content will be continually updated as new information becomes available. To access the page, visit Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) update and guidance
March 10, 2020

Leaders at The University of New Mexico are closely following the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States.

“We are so fortunate to have a wide breadth of experts at UNM Health Sciences who are working on aspects of this situation,” said UNM President Garnett S. Stokes, in a message to the campus community. “Our clinical facilities are prepared to receive a patient with COVID-19 and our Incident Command Teams on both sides of campus have been working behind the scenes for weeks discussing everything from sick leave to how we can accommodate classes remotely if needed.”

The president also urged members of the campus to think about how their choices might impact more vulnerable members of the community.

What you need to know about the Global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak
February 28, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that is spreading around the world has not yet reached New Mexico, but UNM Health Sciences experts are taking every precaution to mount an effective response in the event it does appear here.

While the disease originated in China in late December, it is not confined to a particular population or region. Cases have also been reported in Europe, the Middle East and South America – and even in a few places in the U.S. You can reference our coronavirus resource page for the latest information, as well as links to other sources.