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Classroom Resources

What if I have a COVID case in my department?

Learn when the University will notify individuals about positive COVID cases and what you can do if one of your colleagues may have COVID.


Responding to a Positive Case

What are my options for proctoring online exams?

Learn more about test proctoring options for online and hybrid courses.


Proctored Exams

Where can I find resources for online teaching?

Whether you’re new to Canvas or have some experience using learning technologies, we have resources to help you to quickly get up to speed.


Maintaining Instructional Continuity

Classroom management guidance from the Provost

If you find that some students aren’t complying with the requirements to stay home when ill and wear a mask at all times indoors, regardless of vaccination status, start by being proactive in your class sections, and clearly state the university’s expectations for compliance with the Crimson Commitment. Even if you have already talked with your class about COVID-19 protocols, regular reminders throughout the semester are a good way to reinforce those practices. Provide clear instructions about absences and how to keep up with class assignments if they must stay home due to illness, so they’re not tempted to attend when they don’t feel well.


When it comes to mask compliance and other expectations, we’ve created a convenient guide, available online for download. In short, you should start by discreetly reminding any student without a mask of the policies, and request that they wear a mask. If they refuse, ask them to leave. If the non-compliant student refuses to leave, you may choose to dismiss class or call the NMSU Police department for assistance in de-escalating the situation, and follow up with a referral to the Dean of Students. 


If someone looks, sounds, or expresses that they are ill, tell them to go home until they feel better, and refer them to the Aggie Health & Wellness Center for medical evaluation. If they refuse to leave, as a last resort, call the NMSU Police Department at 575-646-3311 for assistance and follow up by making a referral to the Dean of Students.

Close contacts

Several people have asked if a class needs to be dismissed and undergo quarantine if a student in that class tests positive or arrives showing symptoms of illness. The short answer is no – you do not need to stop the class or shut down the building. The CDC recommends quarantine only for people who have been in close contact with somebody who has COVID-19. As long as masks are being worn properly in the classroom, most people in the room would not be close contacts of an infected person. Close contacts in the classroom are those who are within three feet of another person for a total of more than 15 minutes. Most fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be restricted from work following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, if they follow the testing and masking recommendations.

Cleaning and sanitizing

Classrooms are stocked with a supply of disinfecting wipes, and you can request a quick delivery of more by contacting the building monitor or emailing, if supplies run low. It’s also a good idea to carry your own “Ready kit,” with wipes, an extra mask, and any other items you might need. Wiping down touch surfaces at the beginning of class is a habit you and all of your students should establish. 

Our Facilities & Services custodial team carefully cleans and disinfects your classroom every single day. Since you may not see them unless you’re on campus very early in the morning, they’ll be putting up signs with dates and signatures, so you can be confident that the enhanced cleaning has taken place.

Students testing positive

If you learn that a student in your class has a positive COVID-19 test, the first course of action is to encourage the student to report their positive case through the online portal right away to initiate the contact tracing process. Reassure them that you and NMSU are here for them, and that reporting is the best way to help protect the rest of the community and get the support they need while they self-isolate and recover. You can also contact Aggie Health and Wellness at or 575-646-1512 to alert them to the disclosure, so they can be on the lookout for that self-report to come in. (It’s not a HIPAA violation to report a case that is disclosed to you.)