Section VI, Student Concerns

6.01 Programs / Attendance Policies

Official publications shall be issued annually listing all programs offered by CNM and all policies and procedures governing attendance at the College. The publications shall include, but not be limited to, full- and part-time instructional programs, admission policies, registration procedures, tuition and fees, standards of progress, academic probation and suspension, grade appeal, attendance policies, graduation policies, financial aid, student services, rules governing campus conduct, and appeal procedures for suspension/dismissal.

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6.02 Tuition and Fees

Because persons who are unemployed, unemployable, or underemployed are among the persons in the community least able to make additional payments for educational programs, it is the policy of the Governing Board to make its educational offerings available at the lowest possible cost to the student.

A. The Governing Board annually shall set tuition rates based on residency status as follows:

1. New Mexico Resident Residing Inside the CNM District
2. New Mexico Resident Residing Outside the CNM District
3. Non-New Mexico Resident

B. Determination of Resident/Nonresident Status.

1. The College shall follow the regulations of the New Mexico Higher Education Department in determining if a person is a resident or nonresident of New Mexico for tuition purposes.
2. In accordance with New Mexico Higher Education Department regulations, during the summer term the College will charge all nonresident students the same tuition rates charged to New Mexico residents residing outside the CNM district.
3. In accordance with New Mexico Higher Education Department regulations, during the fall and spring terms the College will charge all nonresident students enrolled in six (6) credit hours or fewer the same tuition rates charged to New Mexico residents residing outside the CNM district.

C. Fees.

1. Fees collected from the student and applied to the operating costs of the College shall be set annually by the Governing Board.
2. Distance learning fees shall be set annually by the Governing Board.

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6.03 Scholastic Probation and Suspension

The President and administrative staff shall develop appropriate procedures to be followed in placing students on scholastic probation and suspension. The procedures shall be published in an official CNM publication.

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6.04 Suspension / Dismissal for Substance Abuse or Disruptive Behavior

The President and administrative staff shall develop appropriate procedures, including an appeal process, to be followed in suspending or dismissing students for substance abuse or disruptive behavior. The procedures shall be included in an official CNM publication.

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6.05 Student Policy on Military Duty

The Governing Board shall adopt a policy and the President and administrative staff shall develop procedures to cover student(s) called to active military duty with the New Mexico National Guard and/or Reserves.

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6.06 Examination of Student Records

School records pertaining to an individual student may be used only for the promotion or welfare of the student. The examination of documents contained in a student record or release of information contained in a student record shall be in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and as it may be amended. The administration shall maintain a current enumeration of official procedures for these purposes, incorporating all provisions of the Act and regulations pertaining thereto.

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6.07 Student Activities

A balanced program of student activities appropriate to the various needs of students served will be provided to supplement the formal courses of study.

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6.08 Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAPP)

Effective Date: 5/10/16

CNM is committed to having a drug-free and alcohol-free campus that prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol by faculty, staff, and students. This policy covers all property and facilities owned, used, leased or controlled by CNM and any other site where CNM business is being conducted, including motor vehicles. Controlled substances are defined in Schedules I through V of the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. 812 and implementing regulations, 21 CFR 1308.11-08.15. This policy is not intended to supersede or negate any existing policies on substance abuse, student or employee discipline or any additional requirements imposed on CNM or its students, instructors or staff by federal or state law.

Standards of Conduct

Use of illegal drugs and the unlawful use of alcohol does not align with CNM’s institutional values and adversely affects the CNM community. CNM policy forbids the illegal use of drugs or alcohol by students and employees while on or off campus.

The legal age for alcohol consumption is 21 years of age. Any underage student consuming alcohol is violating standards for student conduct. Alcohol use and abuse can lead to unlawful conduct such as driving under the influence or public intoxication.

Disciplinary Sanctions

The penalties for misconduct range from a written warning to expulsion from CNM. Violators of this policy or the Student Code of Conduct will be referred to the Office of the Dean of Students for assessment. Sanctions may include:

  • Written warning
  • Probation
  • Fines
  • Required participation in an approved substance abuse treatment program
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion

Employees who are not in compliance with this policy are subject to discipline up to, and including, termination. In addition to disciplinary action by CNM, students and employees may face local law, state, or federal sanctions.

Penalties for even the most minor violations of the New Mexico Liquor Control Act can include fines of up to $300, confiscation of property and imprisonment for up to 7 (seven) months. More serious violations carry greater penalties, with larger fines and longer imprisonment. Penalties for illegal drug use can include significant fines and imprisonment. Penalties for illegal sale of drugs are greater and may include property confiscation. Alternative penalties for illegal drug and alcohol use may also include mandatory community service. Violation of laws by a foreign national may result in deportation.

Driving or using machinery after drinking or using drugs creates the risk of injury or even death for the user and others. Penalties include criminal charges, up to and including homicide, as well as loss of the driver’s license and impoundment of the vehicle. In drug-related cases a court may permanently suspend eligibility for federal benefits, including student financial aid. Moreover, a criminal record can seriously hurt education and career opportunities. Alcohol and drugs are also factors in homicide, assaults, rapes, suicides and family and date violence. Alcohol is significantly involved in all types of accidents: motor vehicle, home, industrial and recreational.

Health Risks

Drug and alcohol use carries serious health risks. The risks include:

  • Adverse effects from withdrawal
  • Unwanted pregnancy
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV)
  • Poor academic performance
  • Lung, liver and kidney problems
  • Memory loss
  • Mood swings
  • Muscle weakness
  • Headaches
  • Violent behavior

Specific Risks:

  • Alcohol and Other Depressants (barbiturates, sedatives, tranquilizers) – Addiction, accidents as a result of impaired ability and judgment, alcohol poisoning, overdose when used with other depressants, damage to a developing fetus, heart and liver damage.
  • Marijuana – Impair short‐term memory, thinking, and physical coordination.  Can cause panic reaction and increase risk of lung cancer and emphysema.  Can interfere with judgment, attention span, concentration, and overall intellectual performance.  Impairs driving ability.  May cause psychological dependence and compromised the immune system.
  • Cocaine – Addition, cardiovascular system damage including heart attack, brain damage, seizures, lung damage, severe depression, paranoia, psychosis.  Similar risks are associated with other stimulants, such as speed and uppers.
  • Nicotine – Tobacco smoke contains thousands of chemical compounds, many of which are known to cause cancer.  Nicotine, which is a central nervous system stimulant, produces an increase in heart and respiration rates, bold pressure, adrenaline production and metabolism.  People can rapidly become physically and psychologically dependent on tobacco.  Compromises the immune system.   
  • Inhalants – Inhalants are a diverse group of chemicals that easily evaporate and can cause intoxication when their vapors are inhaled.  Most inhalants are central nervous system depressants.  Use of these drugs slows down many body functions.  High doses can cause severe breathing failure and sudden death.  Chronic abuse of some of these chemicals can lead to irreversible liver damage and other health problems.   
  • Prescription Drug Abuse – Adverse reactions, dependency, withdrawal, and overdose.


Many resources are available for alcohol and other drug prevention education and counseling. Community resources include:

  • AGORA Crisis Center (505) 277-3013
  • Al-Anon Information Service (505) 262-2177)
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (505) 266-1900
  • All Indian Pueblo Council; Alcoholism Program (505) 884-3820 ext. 25
  • Narcotics Anonymous (505) 260-9889)
  • National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (505) 256-8300)
  • Rape Crisis Center (505) 266-7711
  • UNM Center for Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions (CASAA) (505) 768-0150
  • UNM Mental Health Center; Psychiatric Crisis Unit (505) 272-2920 or (505) 272-2800
  • Suicide Crisis-Emergency Telephone (505) 247-1121
  • Vet Center Readjustment Counseling (505) 766-5900
  • For employees: Deer Oaks (Employee Assistance Program) (866) 327-2400. 

Students may contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (800) 453-1304, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for more information. Employees may contact Human Resources at (505) 224-4600, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for more information. In the event of an emergency, please dial 911.

Policy Management

Each new student and new employee will receive this policy during orientation. This policy will also be available to all students and employees, at any time, on the CNM website via the following link:  CNM’s Security Department shall ensure that this policy is distributed in writing to all employees every September. The Office of the Dean of students shall ensure that this policy is distributed in writing to all students every September. Both the Security Department and the Office of the Dean of Students shall review this policy’s effectiveness biennially.  A report shall be created as part of the review process and all necessary changes shall be implemented.

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