Coming back to campus in August 2021

Protecting the health and wellness of the Aggie community is important. As an educational institution, we also must support our students as they work to achieve their educational goals. For that reason, every office that directly works with students will continue to be operational during regular business hours. Fall return to campus plans for individual departments and units should be completed and submitted to the senior leader for the unit by June 15, 2021, and fully implemented by Aug. 2, 2021.

Move-in Schedule for Campus Residents

Move-in for NMSU Las Cruces campus resident students will begin Aug. 13, 2021. More information for residents and their families is available at

Faculty and Staff

Although offices that serve students will be open, we will continue our reduced levels of staffing on campus overall to reduce opportunities for viral spread.

Offices and departments that can operate effectively through telework may continue to do so. Unit return to campus plans should detail employees’ arrangements for telework, hoteling of office spaces, and in-person work spaces. NMSU recognizes the importance of employee privacy regarding medical information. A decision tree for supervisors can assist in planning for staffing needs.

We’ve also developed an Alternative Work Arrangement (AWA) policy that promotes flexible employee density on the campus and allows for work to get done productively in remote locations. The options available in AWA include telework, flex time, short-term work modifications, and a compressed work week. Training modules have also been developed to assist managers and employees. Additional resources for telework are available at

Resources on self-care and emotional wellness support are always available to faculty and staff from NMSU. 

Well-Being Solutions, the new employee assistance program from the State of New Mexico, also provides services to eligible employees and their family members. You can schedule up to five free counseling sessions by calling 833-515-0771 or visiting and using SONMEAP as the web ID.


Research and Creativity

NMSU Research continues to follow a phased approach adopted from Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Council on Research. Progress along phases is based on COVID-19 data from the CDC and New Mexico Department of Health, plus guidance from state, local, and university administrative policies. Research activities conducted under Phases 1 through 4 require review and prior approval from research unit directors, department heads, deans and the vice president for research (VPR). The detailed plan and timeline are available at