UNM Housing Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Following COVID Safe Practices for the wellbeing will impact the on-campus living experience. We encourage all students to review the information on the page to gain a full understanding of the actions RLSH is taking to assure the ongoing safety of the residential community and the entire UNM community.
We want to be transparent and fully acknowledge that living on campus throughout this pandemic will have differences from what many may have hoped for when they chose to live on campus. For academic year 2021, RLSH will have students in double rooms and all students are required to be vaccinated per UNM's vaccine mandate. We encourage students to be communicative if they feeling isolated or lonely— we can help connect you to your peers and others on campus. We believe that by working together we can create and maintain a safer environment for all our Resident Lobos and still have a uniquely on-campus living experience.
* The contents of this page will be continually updated to reflect any new information that becomes available. *
If you have additional questions about the information below, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, linked on the right, before contacting the SRC Help Desk. If you still have questions after reviewing that page, please contact the SRC Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January, 12 2022 - Updated Masks & Vaccine Booster Requirement
Our requirement for all Lobos to be fully vaccinated means making sure you also receive your booster shot, when eligible. We have been amazed and inspired by the response of students, staff, and faculty to our vaccination campaign, which has seen more than 96% of our faculty and staff, and 93% of our students, get vaccinated. The next step is to receive a vaccine booster as soon as you can once you are eligible, then let us know by reporting it on the Lobo Vaccine Verification portal. If you’re not certain when you’re eligible to receive your booster, you’ll find more information in our Student Guide.
And if you’re presently eligible for your booster, The University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH) will be running a vaccination clinic in SUB Ballroom C this coming Saturday, January 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event code for the campus community is vaxthepack, and you’ll be able to use that code to schedule an appointment through the state website. The SUB clinic is also equipped to provide first or second Pfizer vaccination shots on that day as well, so there’s no better time to ensure you’re on your way to full vaccination.
While our vaccination requirement remains our most powerful tool in looking out for the safety of our community, a close second is our masking requirement. I’m pleased that our Lobos have been so conscientious about complying with the requirement for wearing masks indoors at all UNM facilities--but with new COVID-19 variants emerging, the cloth masks we’ve grown used to wearing just aren’t getting the job done in keeping out highly transmissible, smaller aerosols. As of today, UNM is requiring all students, staff, and faculty to wear three-ply (or better) medical/health procedure masks. Masks will be available for students in a variety of locations, including Johnson Recreation Center, the SUB, and high-traffic classroom buildings like Mitchell, Dane Smith, and Woodward Halls, and the Collaborative Teaching and Learning Building (CTLB).
You'll also find more information on Bring Back The Pack—Including new State requirements for quarantine or isolation in the event of an exposure to COVID-19 or a positive test. We also offer a wide variety of mental health resources and support.
December, 09 2021 - Vaccine Booster Requirement
Since implementing our vaccination requirement for the Lobo community in August 2021, we have continued to closely monitor public health conditions, trends, and related policies and health protocols. On December 2, 2021, the State of New Mexico issued an updated public health order requiring the vaccine booster for many state employees. UNM’s Health Sciences Center has already communicated its intent to require boosters for its employees, and we are now implementing a similar mandate requiring vaccine boosters for the rest of The University of New Mexico community.
The University of New Mexico will require all current employees and students to receive a booster dose of the vaccine when eligible according to the FDA. Individuals 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.
If you received your second dose of an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) after June 15, 2021, or your single dose of a viral vector vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) after October 15, 2021, you must provide documentation of receipt of a booster within four weeks of eligibility, according to criteria provided by the FDA (6 months after completing an initial two-dose mRNA vaccine series, and 2 months after receiving a viral vector vaccine).
Please visit the New Mexico Department of Health Vaccine Registration System to check your booster eligibility and find a location to receive your shot. Once you’ve received your booster, simply update your status at the UNM Vaccine Verification Program site.
International students vaccinated with a vaccine from the World Health Organization Emergency Use List (WHO EUL) will also be asked to submit documentation of that vaccination; these students are recommended to be vaccinated again upon arrival in New Mexico using an FDA-approved vaccine and subsequently submit documentation of that vaccination.
Some exemptions will be permitted, consistent with our existing vaccination mandate, so please consult our formal mandate for more information.
August, 10 2021 - Updated Vaccine and Mask Policies
A critical part of making our return as safe as possible is ensuring every Lobo is vaccinated. If you’re already vaccinated, please visit UNM’s vaccine verification site to upload your documentation. And if you’re one of the more than 11,000 Lobos who have already uploaded your documentation, thank you.
How To Get Vaccinated
If you haven't been vaccinated yet, we want to make is as easy as possible for you. We've opened an on-site COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic in the Student Union Building (SUB) Atrium, where you can receive your free vaccine, with no appointment required—just walk in.
Vaccination at the SUB clinic is available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., as well as on two Saturdays, August 14 and August 21 (also from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
Lobo Village will host additions vaccination clinics on August 20 and August 23. COVID-19 vaccination at a number of alternate locations may also be scheduled through the New Mexico Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine site.
Exemptions and Regular PCR Testing
We also understand that there will be some who are unable to be vaccinated; for that reason, we are offering limited exemptions to the mandate.
If you believe you qualify for an exemption, you may complete an exemption form, which you will then upload through the UNM vaccination verification site. The request will be reviewed by the Office of Compliance, Ethics, and Equal Opportunity (CEEO), and you’ll be notified by e-mail if you’ve been granted an exemption.
If so, you’ll need to be prepared to receive periodic e-mail requests to upload proof of a negative result for COVID-19 (PCR test) for samples collected and tested within 7 days of the upload. For more information, or if you have questions, we’re providing lots of information on the Bring Back the Pack website.
Learn More About Vaccines
Plenty of excellent science and evidence-based information is also available from our Health Sciences Center. We encourage you to explore their #10to100 website, where you can find the answers to questions you may have. How are vaccines developed, and how do they work? Are they safe to take if you’re pregnant or nursing? Our Lobo doctors and experts provide you with real answers, based on real science and real experiences.
Current Mask Policy
Please remember that The University of New Mexico presently requires masks to be worn indoors by all individuals, vaccinated and unvaccinated, at all locations on the UNM Albuquerque, Gallup, McKinley, Taos, and Valencia campuses, as well as our regional site in Sandoval County. Masks must be worn in any indoor group setting, including classrooms. All students, faculty, staff, and visitors should wear their masks at all times in UNM buildings unless they are eating, drinking, or in an office alone.
August, 5 2021 - UNM Vaccine Mandate for The Fall 2021 Semester
The UNM Board of Regents has endorsed a mandatory vaccination requirement, necessitating all Lobo students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated as quickly as possible, but no later than Thursday, September 30th. With the support of the Regents, this policy will go into effect beginning Thursday, August 5th.
This is not a decision that has been made lightly and is, for the safety and well-being of our communities, a necessary and responsible course correction. UNM has had for some time a vaccination requirement under consideration; earlier this year, we issued a draft policy for public comment, which was discussed at a number of public meetings and town halls. When we made the determination on July 8th that we would encourage, though not require, vaccination, we were optimistic that this approach, with the addition of incentive programs, would sufficiently inspire the Lobo community to get fully vaccinated.
Unfortunately, as infections have increased around the state and the nation, our vaccination rate has not kept pace in a manner sufficient to ensure we can protect our community from a similar outbreak. In short, with cases of COVID and its variants slowly increasing, if we wish to return to a fully operational campus in a manner that protects the safety of our community, encouraging vaccination and mask-wearing is not enough.
We are certain you have questions. Let us take a moment to answer a few of them—and we will, of course, continue to keep you advised through our Bringing Back the Pack website.
WHOM THIS VACCINATION REQUIREMENT AFFECTS
Our mandatory vaccination policy applies to all UNM personnel and students who access UNM facilities, housing, programs, services, and activities located on the Main Campus and Academic Health Sciences Campus in Albuquerque and the Branch Campuses at Gallup, Los Alamos, Taos, and Valencia. Campus facilities include, but are not limited to, office buildings, libraries, classrooms, dormitories, research laboratories, dining facilities, student centers, athletics facilities, entertainment venues, gymnasiums and university buses and shuttles. This policy does not apply to employees of UNM Hospitals, UNM Medical Group and the Sandoval Regional Medical Center, as these UNM entities have specific policies pertaining to their employees and facilities.
We understand that there are some who will not be able to be vaccinated, due to disability, medical condition, or sincere religious belief.
Disability/Serious Medical Condition
If a covered individual cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine due to a qualifying disability/serious medical condition or medical contraindications or precautions recognized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or CDC, a request for a reasonable accommodation must be submitted to the Compliance, Ethics, and Equal Opportunity Office for employees including faculty and student employees. A person who is granted a reasonable accommodation may be required to adhere to additional safety measures to ensure the health and safety of the individual and the University community, including but not limited to asymptomatic surveillance testing and symptomatic testing.
Students requiring medical/disability accommodations in their academic environment must submit a request to the Accessibility Resource Center.
A reasonable accommodation to the COVID-19 mandatory vaccine policy may be granted based on a person’s sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. A request for reasonable accommodation must be submitted to the Compliance, Ethics, and Equal Opportunity Office. A person who is granted a reasonable accommodation may be required to adhere to additional safety measures to ensure the health and safety of the individual and the University community, including but not limited to asymptomatic surveillance and symptomatic testing.
EXISTING POLICIES CONCERNING COVID-SAFE PRACTICES
Under this action, all staff, faculty, and students are expected to follow all existing policies and guidelines requiring COVID-safe practices, including appropriate use of either personal protective equipment and/or face coverings, social and physical distancing, frequent handwashing and cleaning, and regular surveillance testing.
HOW DO I SHOW PROOF OF VACCINATION?
All employees and students must provide documentation of full vaccination using a vaccine authorized by FDA License or under an FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). International students vaccinated with a vaccine from the World Health Organization Emergency Use List (EUL) may submit documentation of that vaccination; these students are recommended to be vaccinated again upon arrival in New Mexico using an FDA-approved vaccine and subsequently submit documentation of that vaccination. A website for the purpose of these uploads will be available. Employees and students that have already provided proof of vaccine status are not required to resubmit proof documents.
CAN I GET A TEMPORARY EXEMPTION?
While available vaccines are under EUA, UNM employees and students may request a temporary exemption to this vaccination policy. Such employees and students will be subject to regular COVID testing, requiring that upon demand they produce documentation of a negative COVID-19 test within seven days of such request, with the sample having been collected within seven days of submission of the test result. Once any vaccine for COVID-19 is available under regular FDA License, this exception by test will no longer be available. COVID-19 testing required under this exemption will be at the expense of the employee or student seeking the exemption; the State of New Mexico has contracted with a test provider that currently will provide tests free of charge and use of this service is encouraged.
WHAT RESTRICTIONS WILL BE IN PLACE FOR ME IF I AM NOT VACCINATED?
To protect the health of our community, all employees and students who are not vaccinated may be subject to restrictions on access to UNM facilities, including but not limited to Johnson Center Gym, Student Union Building (SUB), University Libraries, and various events. Other limitations on their access to university programs may be imposed for the safety of the UNM community.
Employees working entirely remotely can request an exemption on that basis. This request must attest that the employee will not access any university site or facility at any of our campus locations for any purpose and must be endorsed by the employee’s supervisor. An exemption form will be provided to make this request, which must be signed by the employee and supervisor, and then uploaded by the employee at the vaccination verification site.
WHAT IF I LIVE OUTSIDE NEW MEXICO AND ATTEND CLASSES REMOTELY?
Students who are completing a remote online program while residing outside New Mexico during the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semesters may request an exception to the vaccination requirement. An exemption form will be provided to make this request, which must be signed by the student and the dean of the student’s academic unit, and then uploaded by the student at the vaccination verification site.
While this new mandate goes into effect on August 5th, individuals who upload proof of full vaccination by August 31st will continue to be eligible for the previously announced Vax the Pack incentives. In addition, the State of New Mexico has just announced that any New Mexico resident who gets vaccinated by August 31st will receive $100.
New Mexicans aged 12 and up are eligible for a free vaccine, so if you have not yet done so, please schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine at a location near you. It’s safe and easy, but if you need more information on vaccines and how they work, the UNM #10to100 website can help answer your questions. To make things even more convenient, a vaccination clinic is now open at the Student Union Building (SUB) Atrium on the UNM Main Campus, running Monday thru Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. now through August 27. There will be additional Saturday dates on August 14th and 21st, also from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In addition to implementing a vaccination requirement, UNM has also been following recommendations from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by requiring everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask indoors at all UNM locations in Albuquerque, Taos, Valencia, and Sandoval. This masking policy went into effect Monday, August 2, 2021. We know that it has been difficult for those who have experienced the freedom of going without a mask after being fully vaccinated to have to mask up again. We thank you for doing so—we are protecting others while we push to reduce this pandemic’s impact on our lives.
We appreciate your continued diligence and commitment to your own health and that of others.
July, 29 2021 - Indoor Mask Policy For The Fall 2021 Semester
All students, faculty, staff and visitors should wear their masks at all times in UNM buildings unless they are eating, drinking, or in an office alone. Please help us continue good public health practices (handwashing; staying home when ill; physical distancing, when possible; mask wearing, etc.) so we all stay safe and healthy. This policy aligns with the current HSC policy for all individuals to wear masks in indoor settings, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, giving us a consistent policy for all our sites in Albuquerque.
Vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks outdoors, or in their assigned rooms in our residence halls.
This masking policy will be revisited as we continue to watch the relevant data on disease progression, including community transmission, test positivity rates, and rates of spread.
The best way to bring the community transmission down remains to be vaccinated. Please sign up to be fully vaccinated at https://goodtimes.vaccinenm.org/good-times/.
UNM is still providing incentives to students and some employees to be fully vaccinated. Learn more at https://bringbackthepack.unm.edu/protecting-the-pack/vax-the-pack.html.
July 15, 2021 - Vaccinations and The Fall 2021 Semester
For the Fall 2021 semester, and for the first time since March 2020, we’ll be back to full operations, which means we’ll be conducting classes in person with options for hybrid and online learning as well and returning to the kinds of group activities that are a vital part of a vibrant campus experience.
At UNM, we often say that each of us defines all of us; in this case, each of us also protects all of us. Getting vaccinated is the best thing you can do to ensure our campus and our community remain safe and remain open—and that we can all have an incredible Fall 2021 semester.
If you’re not yet vaccinated, there’s no better time than now to do so. It’s quick, it’s safe, it’s free, and it’s easy to do—so make your appointment at a vaccination site near you. Even better, starting today, we’re making it more worth your time and effort by providing some great incentives for students, faculty, and staff to get our main and branch campuses on the road to 100% vaccinated.
- For students registered for Fall 2021:upload proof of your COVID-19 vaccination—whether you get your shot now, or received it months ago—and UNM will transfer $100 onto your bursar’s account. It’s that easy.
If you have previously reported your status as vaccinated, but haven’t yet uploaded the appropriate documentation, you’ll need to log in and upload the materials.
Don’t have your documentation on hand? The State of New Mexico has you covered; log in to Vaxview NM to easily access your records. For more information on our incentive programs, please click here.
If health reasons preclude you from getting vaccinated, please continue to wear a mask. And if you are vaccinated, but want to continue wearing a mask, we encourage you to do so. We want all Lobos feeling as safe and supported as we possibly can. The continued health and safety of our community is paramount-and depends on all of us to do our part.
June 17, 2021 - Returning to campus in August
- Masks: Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask but those who are not fully vaccinated must wear a mask while on UNM property. Vaccinated individuals may still choose to wear a mask; please be respectful of others’ choices.
- Physical Distancing: Fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to physically distance themselves, except where specifically required as identified by signage.
- Daily Symptom Screening: UNM plans to discontinue this attestation process when the requirement is officially lifted by the governor, which is expected to occur around mid-July. Employees and students should continue to complete the screening as long as they are receiving the daily emails.
- COVID-19 Symptoms/Positive Case Reporting: Employees and students who experience symptoms of COVID-19 or who are diagnosed with COVID-19 must continue to follow the Self-Reporting Guidelines until further notice.
- Vaccines: The COVID-19 vaccination is not currently required for UNM employees or students. The feedback collected on the Proposed Vaccination Policy is under review and a decision is pending. Being vaccinated is the best defense against the virus, both for individuals and for our community; therefore, UNM highly encourages vaccination against COVID-19.
April 12, 2021 - Double Rooms for Fall 21
UNM Housing is very excited to announce that we will be offering DOUBLE ROOM assignments and fuller apartments for the 2021-2022 Academic Year!
We offer Traditional Halls, Suites and Apartment Style on-campus housing.
DOUBLE ROOM ASSIGNMENTS ARE BACK!
Caveat—Room Assignments policies are subject to change based upon UNM COVID-19 Safety Precautions and Limited Operations. See Bringing Back the Pack for current information.
January 5, 2021 - Coming back for Spring 21
October 13, 2020 - Information About Closures
Students who depart for the fall semester, either at Thanksgiving or in December, will be permitted to leave belongings in their rooms only if all items left in the room are packed into a “speed-pak” box which RLSH will provide to each student that needs one. Students will only get one box to pack their belongings and everything must either fit in the box or be taken with the resident at the time they leave the residence hall. Please see the section on “Moving Out & Managing Belongings” that outlines what you will be expected to do with your belongings in the instance that you are required to depart from campus.
In the event there is a partial or intermittent closure, it is possible that you may be asked to:
July 17, 2020 - Release of Fall 2020 Detailed Housing Overview and Re-Entry Plan
Today, via UNM email, all students who have been assigned a room with RLSH on main campus or at LoboRainforest have received the mid-July communication that has been referred to many times throughout the summer in our previous emails—and contains some important and new information about a) move-in procedures, b) the option to limit interactions and self-monitor for fourteen (14) days in one of our UNM communities, and c) much more about living on campus.
UNM has continued to engage in careful and comprehensive planning in recent weeks as we prepare to reopen our campus and begin the new academic year. Our planning is guided by two fundamental priorities: promoting the health and safety of our entire campus community and ensuring an excellent academic experience for you.
Please refer to your email with the subject line: "UNM Student Housing: Detailed Fall Overview", and please refer to the following links/documents which were attached and contain all the shared information:
- RLSH Student Re-Entry Plan
- Required Limited Interactions and Self-Monitoring Period for all Out-of-State Students