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March 20, 2020 Message UNM Children's Campus
The UNM Children's Campus has closely been monitoring the developments of the COVID-19 situation in the State of New Mexico. In discussion with UNM Leadership, it has been determined that the UNM Children's Campus will be closing temporarily to families beginning today, March 20, 2020 and extending through April 5, 2020. The UNMCC Leadership Team will continue to work and be available during this time.
As always, keeping our community healthy and safe is a top priority. We will continue to closely monitor the reports and recommendations from University Leadership, the CDC, National Association fo the Education of Young Children, and the State of New Mexico Child Care Licensing to ensure that we do everything we can during this rapidly chaning situation. Staff will reach out to families individually to keep them apprised of updates as they are received. Please continue to check our Facebook page and this dedicated site for the most up to date information and resources during this time.
Resources to Families and First Responders:
-For information on Early Childhood Services, please visit https://www.newmexico.gov/early-childhood/children-and-families/
-Please call 1-833-551-0518 to connect with the state’s child care Resource and Referral line or go to www.cyfd.org to download a child care assistance application.
-For meal access and questions, please visit: https://www.newmexico.gov/early-childhood/children-and-families/
March 19, 2020 - Message from President Stokes
First, I hope you and your families are safe during this unsettling time in our state, nation and world. As Lobos we like to say ‘each of us defines all of us’ – and that has never been more true than it is right now. Although we are all striving to maintain social distance, we also still have a social responsibility to remain calm during chaos, adaptable during change, and united during times of uncertainty.
Yesterday, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a series of Executive Orders that have gone into effect today, Thursday, March 19, 2020. The governor’s directives require the closure of all malls, movie theaters and gyms, and limit all restaurants to take-out or delivery only. Governor Lujan Grisham has also directed anyone traveling into New Mexico to self-isolate for 14 days. Similarly, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller has declared a local public health emergency – allowing the city more access to funding for COVID-19 response and resources.
These state and local measures are being taken to further encourage the social distancing necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our health care system from becoming overwhelmed.
In these extraordinary times, extraordinary measures must be taken to safeguard our university community and maintain our educational mission.
While UNM remains open for business, most services, including classes, will now only be offered remotely using online technology. Given the scope of this disease and its progression, it is not realistic to hope that we will be able to come together in large groups, including traditional in-person classes, after our current period of limited operations. Therefore, courses will move online on a rolling basis to the fullest extent possible beginning Monday, March 23. In-person group educational experiences will have to be replaced with other forms or eliminated. We are committed to ensuring that every student approaching graduation will graduate, and we are committed to ensuring that any course that must be truncated will receive academic credit.
I am also further restricting access to a number of our buildings on our Albuquerque and branch campuses, including the Health Sciences Center (HSC). Until further notice, Johnson Gym and the Student Union Building will have access restricted to those employees who need to work within them to continue operations online. Zimmerman Library and other main campus and HSC library spaces are similarly restricted; a very full set of library services remain available online. The Dane Smith Hall facility will be available for students needing computer access. UNM will also be restricting access to classrooms. We will be working to reduce the number of students in on-campus housing, and campus food options will be limited to La Posada and the SRC Market for takeout only. Due to limited operations and the reduced number of personnel on site, most HSC buildings will be badge or key entry access only. If you should accidentally be locked out of your building and do not have someone to call to let you in, please contact UNM Police at (505) 277-2241.
Again, I should emphasize that UNM is not closing. We will continue striving to create a safe and healthy place for our students to learn, innovate and achieve, while shifting our focus to further developing and refining virtual learning environments and services.
There is no doubt these actions will prompt many questions, especially for our students. Please be assured that my leadership team and I are working hard to get you the answers and guidance you need as quickly and as accurately as possible. Further information regarding housing and classes will be sent to students shortly. Please also continue checking the University’s designated COVID-19 website for those updates and more information as it becomes available.
I can’t overemphasize my gratitude to all of you for your patience and community spirit, and for adapting so quickly during this unprecedented and ever-changing situation. A special thanks to our health care workers, custodians, police and front-line staff who continue to maintain a strong physical presence at the University for protecting the health and safety of our community and supporting the mission of the University.
Garnett S. Stokes
COVID-19 Vice President for Student Affairs Office Limited Operations
Effective Tuesday, March 17 through April 5th, UNM is implementing limited operations for our university, which will entail reducing the services offered and the number of employees physically present on UNM main campus. Therefore, the Office of Student Affairs will have limited staff in the office and will primarily be working remotely. If you need information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-9 at UNM, please go to: http://www.unm.edu/coronavirus/.
If you need assistance from Student Affairs, you can leave a voice message now but there may be a delay to return your phone call. Sending an email to the specific Student Affairs staff that you need to contact will be the best method for communication. We will be checking emails throughout this timeline. If you are not sure which staff person to contact, please visit the Student Affairs website at: http://studentaffairs.unm.edu/about-us/directors.html for a list of all our directors. Or you can contact the VP for Student Affairs staff at: http://studentaffairs.unm.edu/about-us/osa-staff.html.
In case of an emergency, contact Eliseo “Cheo” Torres at (505) 269-2542 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you.
Please also check these department websites for specific updates for their areas:
- Accessibility Resource Center
- African American Student Services
- Career Services
- College Enrichment and Outreach Programs
- Community Engagement Center
- Dean of Students Office
- El Centro de la Raza
- Mentoring Institute
- Recreational Services
- Residence Life and Student Housing
- Student Activities
- Student Health and Counseling
- Student Union Building
- UNM Children's Campus