A Safe & Phased Reopening

On June 1, 2020, UNM campuses began operating in the initial phase of reopening. As part of that reopening, summer courses are being delivered in a completely online format. As we move toward mid-summer and into the first week of August, UNM-Gallup (UNMG) will continue to evaluate guidance from our main campus and state guidelines to undergo what can be considered the next phase of reopening our campus.

While UNMG’s phased reopening will closely follow our UNM main campus and the state’s phased reopening, we are viewing the fall 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 the fall.

Fall 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 the lab setting 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 fall semester, though we are assessing plans to safely reopen our physical education complex in the coming months. It remains closed at this time—but the fitness trail is open. Equipment on the trail is not in use, and we ask you to follow COVID-safe health practices when using the trail. Face masks or coverings are required at all times on campus, including while using the fitness trail.

When possible, staff will continue working remotely but within our three-tiered system to allow for focused clean-ing 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 later in the fall semester, we may revise our work structure to potentially allow for more personnel on campus.

The Zollinger Library is currently offering limited appointments to access services inside the library as well as curbside pickup. Capacity inside the library is currently capped at 25 percent, and an appointment is required along with your response to the daily COVID-19 email screen. 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 man-ner for all concerned, while always keeping in mind the idea of providing the highest quality higher education for our students.