Protecting Your Health and Safety

Face coverings
Updated: 2/24/2021

Wearing an appropriate face covering is just one aspect of our multi-pronged approach to protect the safety and health of our NMSU community. They are also required by the NMDOH for anyone in a public space, with exceptions for eating or drinking, or if otherwise advised by a health care provider. If wearing a face covering will adversely affect an employee’s safety or health, employees should contact EHS&RM or the Aggie Health and Wellness Center for additional guidance. Vending machines across NMSU Las Cruces campus are stocked with face coverings, other protective equipment, and supplies.

If more than one person is in a university vehicle, all people in the vehicle must wear a courtesy face covering. This includes open-air utility vehicles.

NMSU is providing unbranded reusable face coverings that meet CDC standards for all faculty and staff. To obtain face coverings, please send quantity needed along with MSC to asc@nmsu.edu. Face coverings with NMSU logos are available from approved suppliers for promotional and marketing activities. Procurement cards may be used for orders. 

 


Cleaning for prevention

NMSU is taking measures to reduce community spread of COVID-19 through daily enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures created by Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management (EHS&RM) based on guidance from the CDC and the NMDOH for cleaning and disinfection.

We can all contribute to a healthier campus by following these general guidelines:

  • 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 hygiene after cleaning:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Facilities and Services will provide building monitors with disinfecting wipes for classrooms for distribution to instructors. Instructors or building monitors can call the Facilities and Services Work Order Desk, 575-646-7114, if supplies need to be replenished.

Detailed guidelines for cleaning are available on the EHS&RM website. That site includes cleaning procedures, information on the process to clean after a positive case is reported, and recommended disinfectants.

Our Facilities and 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 schedules are finalized.

Custodial teams clean and sanitize shared spaces on a daily basis in academic buildings, including classrooms, computer labs, and restrooms, plus building entryways, break rooms, elevators, conference rooms, and common areas. Some tasks will be reduced to allow custodians time to focus on sanitizing high-use areas, including restroom fixtures, door handles, common area countertops, elevator buttons, and handrails.

Custodial teams use two methods of enhanced cleaning: manual sanitation and disinfection of surfaces multiple times during the day, and daily electrostatic disinfection. Teams perform enhanced daily cleaning between 4 and 8 a.m. in classroom buildings. A dedicated team of custodians also perform additional cleaning of high touch points between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. This ensures the areas receive two additional cleanings during the day.

Daily electrostatic disinfection is performed in classrooms that are scheduled for face-to-face instruction. A report of a positive COVID-19 test will also initiate the electrostatic disinfection process. A team will be assigned to perform the disinfection in accordance with the process to clean after a positive case is reported.

Facilities and Services will perform enhanced cleaning upon request, even without a positive test result for COVID-19. The request needs to be routed through the building monitor, who will call Facilities and Services to request the service and follow up with a work order. The enhanced cleaning team supervisor will coordinate enhanced cleaning to take place prior to the start of the next scheduled business day or no later than Friday of the current work week.

Custodial teams perform 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

In non-academic buildings, the custodial team adapt their cleaning schedule and frequency to adjust for reduced building occupancy. Schedule changes are communicated to the building monitors. 

Custodial teams perform the following tasks on in the non-academic buildings:

  • Clean and sanitize occupied departmental offices, training and computer rooms, and 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 and Services will update the cleaning protocol regularly and communicate updates with building monitors and campus community.

 


COVID-19 supplies
Updated: 2/24/2021

NMSU provides 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 supplies. Employees and students will be provided masks if needed, or they may use their own. Other efforts to support personal sanitation include:

Las Cruces campus 

  • Sanitization Stations: Approximately 1,300 hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed in classrooms and common areas on the Las Cruces campus. Custodial teams service the dispensers as part of the university’s daily cleaning program. 
  • Supply Vending Machines: Eight machines are installed across campus and contain hand sanitizer, disposable gloves, reusable and disposable masks, safety glasses, disinfectant wipes and other items. These supplies are paid for by CARES Act funding and are available to NMSU employees, including teaching assistants and graduate assistants, by swiping their Aggie ID card or entering their Aggie ID number. For issues or questions relating to vending machines, contact the Aggie Service Center asc@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-2000. 
  • Snack Vending Machines: In select locations, machines have been stocked with reusable cloth masks and personal hand sanitizer. Vending machines are located at Corbett Center, Garcia Hall, Juniper Hall and Rhodes-Garrett Hamiel. 
  • For COVID-19 supply purchases outside of the vending machines, contact the Aggie Service Center asc@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-2000. 

Community colleges and statewide locations 

For assistance with COVID-19 protective supplies purchases, contact the Aggie Service Center at asc@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-2000. 

Facility modifications, barriers and shields 

Space modifications are managed through Facilities and Services. For assistance with barrier purchases that do not require Facilities installation, contact the Aggie Service Center at asc@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-2000. For more information, visit the Aggie Service Center COVID-19 Protective Supplies webpage. 

 


Signs and informational posters

In addition to signage installed by Facilities and Services, printable informational posters, checklists, and fliers are available for download at now.nmsu.edu, along with guidelines about where and how they should be posted by building monitors. These include reminders about the NMSU system’s COVID-19 Safety Commitment, rules and expectations regarding personal responsibility, checklists for self-monitoring of health and wellness, information about reporting a positive COVID-19 test, and other topics.