Personal responsibility

Updated: 1/21/2021

As members of the NMSU community, we are each responsible for our own health and safety. COVID-19 is still new and there is still much we are learning about it, but we do know that through responsible behavior, we can reduce transmission of the virus and we can contribute to the health and safety of our colleagues across the NMSU system as well as the communities and individuals we serve. Every member of the Aggie community needs to do their part as we battle COVID-19 together.

Prior to returning to campus, every student and employee should refresh their knowledge about safety practices and precautions that can reduce transmission. Employees can access training through the annual SET certification at Training Central. For students, a video outlining expectations and personal responsibility is viewable on Canvas at the beginning of the semester. Included is the following commitment to the safety of the NMSU community.

New Mexico State University COVID-19 Safety Commitment

To minimize the risk to public health presented by the spread of COVID-19 while working and learning at NMSU, students, staff, and faculty are expected to adhere to the following:

  • I will limit my exposure to COVID-19 by maintaining social distancing guidelines professionally and personally.
  • I will wear the appropriate cloth face covering or personal protective equipment and practice proper hand-washing techniques frequently.
  • I agree to closely monitor my health and will not enter an NMSU building or participate in face-to-face activities if I feel sick or if I develop or display symptoms of COVID-19.
  • I agree to decontaminate work surfaces at the beginning and end of my work.
  • If I have a positive test for COVID-19, I agree to immediately notify my supervisor and Aggie Health and Wellness (575-646-7375 or
  • I agree to follow all NMSU guidelines to protect the public health.
  • I understand that failure to follow these expected behaviors would be detrimental to public health efforts and could impact my ability to perform work at NMSU. 

Anyone failing to meet any of these expectations may be subject to corrective action under university policies.

Recommendations relating to face coverings, monitoring, self-quarantine, and isolation will be updated in alignment with guidance from the New Mexico Department of Health. Changes will be communicated to the university community through our weekly newsletter, campus-wide memos, and other communications as appropriate.


Do Your Part: Personal accountability and COVID-19

Because COVID-19 is a 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 infections. A collection of videos provides additional information about expectations, accountability and steps being taken by the university to reduce the spread of the virus.

In many situations, a person not maintaining proper distance or wearing a face covering can be asked to support the shared goal of staying healthy or reminded of NMSU standards. Ways to address such situations include:

  • Handing a face covering to a person and saying, “Face coverings are required at NMSU. Here is one to use when you are on campus.”
  • Another option: “Face coverings are required on campus, and there is a vending machine nearby where you can get one.”
  • Social distancing reminders can be trickier: “Let’s all stay safe and keep our distance.” Or “This barrier (or the tape on the floor) is a reminder to maintain a safe distance.”

Each above approach requires that individuals – whether student or employee – exercise common courtesy and patience. If you suspect resistance to your outreach, politely exit the conversation immediately, and notify a supervisor or contact NMSU Police at 575-646-3311. If a person does not follow an NMSU directive that protects public health and safety, NMSU can ask that person to leave campus, unless the person has an exception to that directive.

Approval for an exception

Some members of our community will not be able to wear a face covering in situations when one is expected by NMSU guidelines. Employees seeking to be excluded from the face covering requirement should notify their supervisor and contact the Office of Institutional Equity at 575-646-3635 for consideration for an exception. Part of the exception approval process will include protocols for the employee to follow (telework, change of office space or alternate controls) to help protect the health of other members of the NMSU community. Students seeking an exception should contact the Dean of Students Office at 575-646-1722.