Summary of Policies, Guidance and Directives for Safe Practices

Mask-wearing guidance

In alignment with the updated public health order for the state of New Mexico, masks are no longer required inside New Mexico State University buildings or facilities.

Masks are still required at NMSU’s Aggie Health and Wellness Center and must be worn by food service providers on campus. Those who are isolating or quarantining should also continue to wear masks, according to CDC guidance. 

Masks remain an effective tool for reducing the risk of COVID-19, and we encourage those who wish to wear a mask to continue to do so. While they are not required, masks are available for free in our classrooms, and anyone is welcome and encouraged to wear a mask in any setting.

Self-Reporting

The university requires all current students and employees who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of testing location, must report through the online portal immediately. 

Self-reported data includes those reports submitted by students, faculty, staff and third-party contractors working on campus who have tested positive for COVID-19. Students and employees are required to self-report positive COVID-19 test results, regardless of where they choose to be tested. There are no negative consequences for reporting a positive COVID-19 test result.

The positive individual may not come to work or class and must follow current CDC guidance regarding self-quarantine or self-isolation.

Contact Tracing

When NMSU is notified of a person with a positive test for COVID-19, Aggie Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) or the affected branch campus will initiate contact tracing and coordinate the process to notify exposed individuals (those who have been within 6 feet for 15 minutes) and disinfect buildings. The identity of the COVID-19 positive person will not be disclosed. Supervisors of staff who may have been in the affected building (e.g. Facilities, ICT) will be alerted so they can alert employees as needed.

Once a report of a case is made, AHWC will identify and notify close contacts and provide additional guidance as needed. COVID-19 positive individuals do not need to notify possible contacts themselves or lock down buildings or departments. Unless otherwise directed by contact tracers at Aggie Health and Wellness Center, it is not necessary to pivot temporarily to online or hybrid instruction due to a positive case in the class. 

Approval for an exemption

Employees, including student employees, seeking a medical or religious exemption to the vaccine mandate should notify their supervisor and contact the Office of Institutional Equity at 575-646-3635 for consideration. 

Faculty, staff and students approved for a vaccination exemption must upload the exemption documentation into VaxTrax and must adhere to the weekly antigen or PCR testing, with results due each Thursday by midnight. 

90 Day Testing Exemption

Students who have tested positive and are within the 90 day “no test period” should upload their positive test and note the date the test was administered. The VaxTrax system will record a testing exemption for 90 days.