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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

How do I get my face-to-face classes online?

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, wear a mask at all times, and maintain appropriate distance: Start by being proactive in your class sections, and clearly state the university’s expectations for compliance with the Crimson Safety 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 social distancing, 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. The CDC defines a “close contact” with an individual as spending at least 15 minutes within 6 feet of that person, regardless of whether either of them are wearing a mask. Even when a student is exhibiting symptoms, classrooms have been configured to minimize the risk to you and other students by removing the opportunity for close contact.

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 inform your department head and building monitor, who should contact Aggie Health & Wellness Center. This will activate the university’s enhanced cleaning protocol and begin the contact tracing process. This protocol usually does not require closing down a building, and the decision to close a building, area, or classroom will be made by our experts at Aggie Health & Wellness and Facilities & Services, not by individual faculty members, department heads or building monitors. Our sanitizing mister system and other enhanced disinfection techniques can quickly make a classroom or building ready for use, creating a clean space you can feel comfortable re-entering.

Frequently asked questions for Academics

Fall 2020 classes will be taught using one of four instructional methods. These are listed and described below.

  1. 100% online asynchronous delivery: Students complete work independently, on their own schedule, no matter what time of day. Students are given deadlines by which they need to login and complete assignments.
  2. 100% online synchronous delivery: Classes occur on set schedules through remote delivery. Students and instructors are online at the same time, and lectures, discussions, and presentations take place at specific hours. All students must be online at that time in order to participate in the class.
  3. Hybrid (online with required in-person attendance): Content delivery incorporates more than one modality, e.g., face-to-face and remote synchronous or asynchronous delivery. Face-to-face attendance is limited and may include alternating in-person and online synchronous or asynchronous attendance; may also provide recordings of lectures or experiential components for later reference to supplement concurrent transmission of lectures or experiential components. All students participate in all delivery modalities.
  4. Flex (NMSU-Grants Campus): Students can choose whether to attend face-to-face or remotely via synchronous video conferencing tools. Face-to-face attendance is limited and may include alternating attendance options; may also provide recordings of lectures or experiential components for later reference to supplement concurrent transmission of lectures or experiential components. Students may not participate in all delivery modalities.
In alignment with public health recommendations, NMSU is taking measures to prevent community spread of COVID-19, which includes enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures created by Environmental Health Safety & Risk Management (EHS&RM) based on guidance from the CDC and the NMDOH for cleaning and disinfection. Detailed guidelines for cleaning are available on the ESH&RM website. That site includes cleaning procedures, information on the process to clean after a positive case is reported, and recommended disinfectants. We can all contribute to a healthier campus by following some general guidelines:
  • Wear a face covering when you are in public.
  • Maintain six feet of distance between yourself and others at all times.
  • Increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting, focusing on high-touch surfaces such as residence hall communal rooms, public restrooms, computer labs, exercise rooms, library tables, buttons, handrails, tables, faucets, doorknobs, and shared keyboards. Cleaning and disinfecting daily and between users for shared workstations with attention to these areas helps remove bacteria and viruses, including the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Practice good hand hygiene after cleaning:
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
(Updated: 07/22/20 in NMSU Ready)

Detailed guidelines for cleaning are available on the ESH&RM website. That site includes cleaning procedures, information on the process to clean after a positive case is reported, and recommended disinfectants. Our Facilities & Services custodial team has revised their schedules to increase custodial coverage and to have staff on campus during classes. Custodial team schedules will be adjusted, if needed, after classroom use schedules are finalized. Custodial teams will emphasize sanitizing shared spaces on a daily basis in the academic buildings:
  • Clean and sanitize classrooms
  • Clean and sanitize computer labs
  • Clean and sanitize restrooms
  • Clean building entryways, break rooms, elevators, conference rooms, and common areas.
Some tasks will be reduced to allow custodial resources to focus on sanitizing high-use areas. Custodial team performs the following tasks on a weekly basis in the academic buildings:
  • Remove trash and recyclable materials from departmental offices
  • Vacuum and dust surfaces without moving items in departmental offices
  • Clean hard surface floors weekly
  • Vacuum and carpet spot removal weekly
As we move forward with resuming some in-person instruction, the custodial team may modify weekly tasks to accommodate increased daily task cleaning. In non-academic buildings, the custodial team will adapt their cleaning schedule and frequency to adjust for reduced building occupancy. Schedule changes will be communicated to the building monitors. Custodial teams will perform the following tasks on in the non-academic buildings after the occupancy load is verified:
  • Clean and sanitize occupied departmental offices
  • Clean and sanitize training or computer rooms
  • Clean and sanitize restrooms
  • Clean building entryways, break rooms, elevators, conference rooms, and common areas
  • Empty trash receptacles in common areas and break rooms
  • Remove trash and recyclable materials from departmental offices
  • Vacuum and dust surfaces without moving items in occupied departmental offices
  • Clean hard surface floors weekly
  • Vacuum and spot removal weekly
Facilities & Services will update the cleaning protocol document regularly as additional departments reopen and communicate updates with building monitors and campus community.
(Updated: 06/30/20 in NMSU Ready)

NMSU is working to procure the supplies needed to maintain a healthy environment. All faculty, staff, and students should ensure that their personal workspaces are sanitized, and NMSU will ensure availability of standard supplies upon return to campus operations. Employees and students will be provided masks, or they may use their own, and all will support the COVID-19 Safety Commitment. Other efforts to support personal sanitation include:
  • Sanitization Stations: Approximately 1,300 hand sanitizer dispensers will be installed in classrooms and common areas on the Las Cruces campus. Custodial teams will service the dispensers as part of the university’s daily cleaning program.
  • Supply Vending Machines: These will be located across campus and will contain hand sanitizer, latex gloves, reusable and disposable masks, safety glasses, disinfectant wipes and other items. These supplies are offered without charge to NMSU employees through a departmental PIN code. In addition to reusable masks purchased for and distributed to students at no cost by ASNMSU, Housing & Residential Life, Aggie Stampede, and other organizations and departments, reusable masks will also be available for purchase by students at select vending machines in Corbett Center Student Union, Aggie Express and the Activity Center.
Departmental Supplies and Facility Modifications Departmental supply orders from various vendors are available through AggieMart and Banner, with assistance from the Aggie Service Center. Business managers who do not have access to AggieMart may submit a COVID-19 Supplies Order Form to Space modifications are managed through Facilities & Services. Departments may also purchase the following types of items:
  • Freestanding barrier shields
  • Freestanding panel base workstation screen
  • Freestanding counter shield at a reception desks and check-in points
  • Freestanding desk screen
  • Moveable barrier

Students should be in touch with their academic advisor for all schedule changes. Academic Advising has moved to telephone and zoom advising. Registration will continue as normal. Visit to connect with your academic advisor and for more information. Graduate students should work with thier individual advisors. 
Yes. As we plan for the spring 2021 semester, it’s clear that we must continue to be flexible and to make operational adjustments in response to the ongoing pandemic. The winter break has been extended by a few days and the Spring 20201 academic calendar will not include a traditional spring break. Please view the 2021 spring academic calendar for detailed changes.

Related communications: Spring Academic Calendar (Carol Parker, Provost) - Nov 2, 2020

Read the complete list of FAQ's about COVID-19 and NMSU Operations