Aggie Student Life

Public health restrictions on gathering sizes guide our plans regarding everything from club meetings to attendance at sporting events. Our Student Life office continues to create safe ways for all students to engage in the activities that make college life vibrant.

Clubs, lectures, fraternities, sororities, study sessions, intramurals, and other activities that occur in person will be limited in size. Organizers must use precautions such as physical distancing and face coverings based on guidance from state and local public health authorities, and university guidance.

NMSU will provide in-person activities to the extent that it is safe and practical to do so. Field trips and other experiential learning activities will occur where possible. We expect all of these activities to adhere to the precautions recommended by state and local health authorities.

 


Athletics
Updated: 1/21/2021

The NMSU system supports the university’s continuation of athletics in the 2020–2021 academic year. Timing and format depend on conditions and direction from the state of New Mexico, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Strength and conditioning training can continue as allowed by national and regional athletics governing bodies, with protective equipment in use when social distancing is not possible. All student-athletes, coaches, trainers, and other staff will undergo PCR testing three times per week, as outlined in NMDOH COVID-Safe Practices for Intercollegiate Sports.

Decisions about sporting events, including the presence of spectators at events, will be made in accordance to guidance from the NCAA, WAC, university leadership and state and local officials.

 


Aggie Health and Wellness

The Aggie Health and Wellness Center offers daily health and wellness services to the NMSU community. This includes counseling for students provided by seeking help with a crisis, mental health, and personal growth and well-being. Services are free and confidential to NMSU Las Cruces campus students.

In an effort to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, the Aggie Health and Wellness Center offers both in-person and telehealth services for access to medical and counseling providers, laboratory, and pharmacy services. Appointments for telehealth screening are available at 575-646-7375 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments can also be made for in-person laboratory services and pharmacy refills.

Aggie Health and Wellness Center also offers COVID-19 testing (symptomatic or asymptomatic) several days a week. Appointments are available by calling 575-646-1512.

 


Housing and Residential Life

NMSU’s Housing and Residential Life office supports a healthy on-campus living environment, and is committed to providing students with a positive, engaging, safe, and supportive campus experience. Our COVID-safe practices are based on advice from NMSU health experts, New Mexico Department of Health, CDC and other resources. We will continue to provide information and education for students and expect they will do their part to stay healthy and protect the health of the NMSU community. 

 


Protecting health

Housing and Residential Life supports healthy habits for resident students. Operations desks at Garcia Hall, Chamisa Village and South Campus are open and staffed. Guidance on expected health protocols is provided to residents and reinforced through signage placed prominently throughout housing facilities. Signs direct residents to entrances and exits, and provide instructions for foot traffic flow and maximum occupancy in certain areas. Because of the importance of physical distancing, common spaces such as lobbies, game rooms and study rooms may not be available. 

Students who need to isolate or quarantine will be supported by a team of staff members through regular contact and meal delivery. Isolation housing is located in units that are private and separated from other residential areas. 

Residents are responsible for keeping their living spaces (rooms, restrooms, and shared areas) clean. Shared or frequently touched surfaces should be disinfected after each use. Residents must supply their own cleaning supplies and materials. We recommend cleaners that disinfect or a bleach and water solution. Only one resident at a time should use any of the restroom facilities, even if areas are separated by more than six feet.

In addition to regular cleaning of rooms, restrooms, and shared areas, residents should wipe down or spray shower, toilet, sink and counter surfaces with disinfecting cleaner frequently and leave restroom doors open for ventilation to dry the restroom. 

Residents are responsible for removing trash and placing it in parking lot dumpsters. Shared spaces, including lobbies, community bathrooms, patios, etc. will undergo enhanced cleaning and disinfection by the custodial team on a regular schedule. More specific information for residential students can be found at housing.nmsu.edu.

 


Visitors and holiday travel

Students living in Rhodes Garrett Hamiel, Juniper Hall, Garcia Hall, Piñon Hall, Chamisa Village, Vista del Monte and Cervantes Village are not permitted day or overnight visitors in those housing facilities, including their rooms. This does not apply to student family housing. 

Residential living students are strongly discouraged from leaving the university during the semester to limit exposure. If students do leave the residence hall and suspect they have been exposed to COVID-19, the student must report this exposure to Aggie Health and Wellness Center and the appropriate resident director in order to determine if self-quarantine is necessary in accordance with CDC and state guidance. For the protection of all of our resident students, quarantine requirements outlined by the New Mexico Department of Health will apply to all residents who travel out of state and return to campus.

 


Dining facilities
Updated: 2/11/2021

In November 2020, NMSU became the first university in Sodexo’s portfolio to achieve the Rise Safe certification, after passing a 37-point safety and sanitation audit and an independent verification of compliance by Bureau Veritas. It was created to standardize processes and procedures for education, training, safety, sanitation and communications in response to the pandemic and in adherence with CDC guidelines and additional rules set by state and local health officials.

Food service around campus serves the NMSU community with multiple options in ordering and delivery, consistent with the current quality, standards, and regulations. More information about dining options and hours is available at dining.nmsu.edu.

Dine-in service is offered under conditions allowed by current New Mexico public health orders. Additional food service provides carryout and mobile ordering options. 

A Dining Sanitation Team of frontline staff designated by yellow vests sanitize all customer-side touch surfaces every 20 minutes and as needed. The team serves as information experts to answer questions on COVID-19 procedures, navigation, and daily menus, and help to politely remind patrons about COVID-19 safety procedures such as social distancing and mask usage.

Technological and physical accommodations to reduce the exposure to COVID-19 include:

  • Mobile app ordering
  • New offerings for delivery through Bite Universities app
  • Barriers and social distancing signage to control lines
  • Touchless cashiering and acrylic barriers at cashier stations
  • Elimination of self-service and buffet options
  • Menu adaptations to accommodate to-go and delivery items
  • Signage, maps and menus at the entrance to facilities
  • Flexible and layered protective equipment for all employees
  • Additional shaded and outdoor seating for dining near Corbett Center Student Union
  • Tabletop acrylic barriers and social spacing of tables where appropriate

 

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