NMSU COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

Updated: 9/14/21

Because COVID-19 is a communicable disease that spreads primarily from person to person, all employees, students and visitors must take personal responsibility for their own health, protect the health of others, and keep the Aggie community safe from the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses.  

Every member of the NMSU community – should exercise common courtesy and patience when interacting with others.  Vaccination status and use of face coverings should never be used to discriminate or stigmatize.

To minimize the public health risk of COVID-19 at NMSU, students, staff, and faculty are strongly encouraged to become vaccinated as soon as possible, and all NMSU officials, affiliates, visitors and employees are asked to comply with the following Covid19 Health and Safety Protocols, in accordance with ARP 16.32:

  • I will become vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible, but no later than Sept. 30, 2021.
  • If I am unable or unwilling to become vaccinated, I will provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test on a weekly basis as directed.
  • I will follow state and federal guidance  and any additional or different guidance required by NMSU relating to mask-wearing and other health safety measures based on my vaccine status. 
  • I will stay home if I have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 or any illness.
  • If I have a positive test for COVID-19, I will:

Employees failing to meet any of the above conditions of employment will be subject to corrective action, commensurate with the seriousness of the health and safety risks posed, which may involve warnings or more serious consequences, such as suspension without pay, demotion, or termination of employment. For the protection of the public’s health, safety and welfare, violations by other members of the NMSU community will similarly be addressed with appropriate administrative or criminal sanctions. Recommendations relating to COVID-safe practices will be updated in alignment with guidance from the New Mexico Department of Health. Changes will be communicated to the university community through our NMSU Now newsletter, campus-wide memos, and other communications as appropriate.

NMSU continually reassesses and adjusts its operational plans based on guidance from both the New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Higher Education Department. Our campuses will follow this guidance, and may implement more-restrictive measures if data received or collected by NMSU indicates it is in the best interest of our students and employees.