A Safe & Phased Reopening

In the early part of 2020, UNM campuses began operating in a limited operations environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of our continued efforts to keep our campus safe and well, spring semester courses are being delivered in a mostly remote environment with a select number of classes permitted to meet on campus for instruction—students are encouraged to stay in close contact with their instructors for any schedule or format changes. As we move toward the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the coming months, UNM-Gallup will continue to evaluate guidance from our main campus and state guidelines to undergo the next phases of reopening our campus into this year.

While UNMG’s phased reopening will closely follow our UNM main campus and the state’s phased reopening, we are viewing the spring semester as our next phase of reopening with the intent to limit the number of individuals on campus while implementing a prioritized approach to determine which campus functions can return to support student success throughout 2021.

Spring classes will be offered in a hybrid or online format. The hybrid format is reserved for courses with critical lab components. Again, UNM and New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) guidelines will be followed to minimize risk in lab settings and on campus. Over the course of the next several months, we will monitor the overall situation and make adjustments and revisions to our plans as necessary.

Events, large gatherings, and other campus activities will be postponed through much of the spring semester, though we are assessing plans to safely reopen our physical education complex in the coming months. It remains closed at this time—and the fitness trail is closed. Face masks or coverings are required at all times on campus, including while using the fitness trail when it is reopened.

When possible, staff will continue working remotely but within our three-tiered system to allow for focused cleaning and safety plans to be executed in areas where faculty and staff will be utilizing campus facilities for scheduled courses and limited student services. As state guidelines are released, we may revise our work structure to potentially allow for more personnel on campus.

The Zollinger Library is offering curbside pickup of print materials and Wi-Fi hotspots between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Pick-up request forms and Faculty Scanning Request forms can be found here. Our campus bookstore is offering curbside pickup. Campus Wi-Fi has been boosted in the Gurley Hall parking lot with access available with your UNM NetID. UNM-Gallup students can also access Wi-Fi at Gallup McKinley School District facilities located throughout the county.

Our leadership team is working smartly and diligently to reopen campus in a quick, safe, and health-conscious manner for all concerned, while always keeping in mind the idea of providing the highest quality higher education for our students.


The New Mexico Department of Health is leading the State of New Mexico’s COVID-19 vaccination preparedness planning in close collaboration with other state agencies and partners throughout the state. Registering for the COVID-19 vaccine is easy! Follow the process and NMDOH will notify you when the vaccine is available in your community. Register at vaccinenm.org today!