UNM Housing 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.
* 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.
March, 14 2023 - Updated University Vaccine Booster Requirement
After evaluating current public health guidance, and in consultation with our 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 March 13, 2023. UNM Health and Health Sciences programs and clinical areas will continue to maintain their COVID-19 vaccine requirements. We continue to strongly recommend that the entire Lobo community should keep up to date with vaccinations, stay at home if sick, and follow CDC guidelines for all COVID-19 matters.
What this means in practice is:
- individuals with a hire date of March 13, 2023, or later are no longer required to provide proof of vaccination or apply for an exemption;
- students enrolling in classes after March 13, 2023, are no longer required to provide proof of vaccination or apply for an exemption; and
- UNM will no longer require students, faculty, and staff to report COVID-19-positive tests through the online portal or upload COVID-19 vaccination records.
We have also retired the Bring Back the Pack website and instead are linking to COVID-19 Updates and Answers from the home page banner. Here you will find Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and be able to submit your own questions.
UNM Housing will continue to offer Isolation Housing as-needed through spring 2023 for Resident Lobos (students who have active Housing License Agreements with UNM Residence Life & Student Housing) only.
Here are some of the FAQ's that most pertinent to Resident Lobos:
- IS THE VACCINE STILL BENEFICIAL?
- We strongly believe that there are benefits to the vaccine and to keeping up with the most current boosters available. We also know there may be side effects, especially in younger cohorts, though these instances are extremely rare. We continue to encourage individuals to speak with their healthcare providers about their options, including which vaccine and series of boosters may be best, given an individual’s particular healthcare situation.
- WHAT IF I AM EXPERIENCING COVID-LIKE SYMPTOMS?
- For anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status, please remain at home and quarantine until your symptoms clear for at least 24 hours. Unless you work in an Health and Health Sciences clinical setting, you do not need clearance to return to work
- I'M A STUDENT AND I'M SICK. WHAT DO I DO?
- No matter what it is you’re sick with, stay home, don't work, and concentrate on getting well. If you need to, reach out to Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) for information or if you want to go in for an appropriate evaluation and treatment. However, to keep caseloads at SHAC manageable, you are not required to obtain a written medical excuse from SHAC for missing your class. However, do let the faculty in your class know that you’re sick so that appropriate accommodations can be made.
- IF I GET COVID, AM I STILL REQUIRED TO SELF-REPORT THIS INFORMATION TO UNM'S COVID PORTAL?
- No. The state of New Mexico no longer requires the reporting of COVID positives, so this requirement has been phased out.
- I STILL DON'T FEEL SAFE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
- Please consult with your health care provider about your concerns. To minimize the effects of an infection, UNM continues to encourage individuals to get vaccinated and to keep up with their appropriate boosters. You may also choose to wear a mask, but please ensure it is a KN-95 or N-95 mask that fits you correctly. Stay home if you’re not feeling well and wash your hands regularly.
For more information visit: COVID-19 Updates & Information