Faculty FAQs

FAQs regarding COVID-19, as it relates to CNM faculty.

CNM is under modified operations through May 3 and access to CNM physical locations is restricted:

  • All work will be done remotely or online, with a very limited number of identified staff members being on campus for critical functions. Do not come to any campus unless you have an urgent need and it’s been approved by a vice president or a dean. Entrance into any building will have to be coordinated and approved through CNM Security (224-3002). Access the request form here.
  • Instructions on filling out your timesheet during modified operations is available.
  • If you're experiencing financial hardships please read this guide from the State of New Mexico.

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What should I do about my class if I get quarantined or ill?

To keep students moving forward, we encourage you to work with your colleagues and departmental supervisors for short-notice substitute coverage. You should also consider how making videos, podcasts, online curriculum or other electronic content can benefit students in your absence. CNM Learn is a valuable resource for electronic content and may also help students stay on track in your absence. 

If you or your family are impacted personally by COVID-19 and you will not be able to continue teaching this semester, please contact your supervisor. You may also contact your dean if you have questions and concerns.

What resources are available to help me shift my course into an online format? 

Visit the Distance Learning site for information and resources.

Faculty are able to meet with DL staff virtually for assistance with online courses. Staff is available to help Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. through April 3.

We also encourage you to work with your dean, associate dean and colleagues as you think about adjusting your policies or preparing for the remainder of the term. 

Remote options and help:

  • Emergency Remote Instruction Check List from Quality Matters.
  • Oxford University Press (OUP): Free Resources for Instructors and Students Affected by COVID-19.
  • If you are unfamiliar with emailing your entire class as a group, go to and click 'Courses', then the name of each of your courses to open it. Scroll down to 'Grade Center' and click 'Full Grade Center'; click the left uppermost checkbox to select all students; click the drop-down box and select 'Email'; choose 'Email Selected Users' and SEND your email to the entire class.
  • If you teach a face-to-face course in which you or a colleague has an existing online course shell and would like to use a copy of this to modify for the remote transition, please email with the course copy request.
  • You may use the assigned CNM Learn course shell (already available for all face-to-face courses) to post materials for students to study, videos for them to watch, etc. If you need support in doing so, please view a basic intro (the site also has a link to more in-depth information) or send an email to Distance Learning will also be offering face-to-face and virtual drop-in labs through Blackboard Collaborate as a resource for help with the transition. To protect staff and faculty, we will be practicing social distancing and enhanced safety precautions during drop-in labs.
  • You may assign and deliver course materials to students via email. 
  • You may hold remote class meetings during your scheduled face-to-face class time using tools such as CNM Learn’s Collaborate, Zoom, Webex or Skype. Please keep in mind issues of access, netiquette, and privacy if you decide to try any of these tools. For support using these tools, please contact ITS at (505) 224-4357. 
  • If you teach a course that requires special equipment and/or facilities and you and your dean have determined that it cannot be taught remotely, please contact your students to let them know that their course can only be taught face-to-face and you will be in touch with them regarding what adjustments will be made (to curriculum, grading, etc.) when face-to-face classes resume.
  • If you do not have access to internet or the necessary technology, contact your supervisor or associate dean to request technology support. We are working on technology solutions.
What will happen if my class cannot be taught online?

We encourage you to work with your colleagues, departmental leadership and the CNM Distance Learning team to explore all possible options for teaching online. You may wish to explore reorganizing your course schedule, alternative curriculum or modifications to assignments that support remote learning. If it is determined that your class cannot be taught in an alternative format, your department will assist you in making other arrangements.

Will there be “make up” days if school closes for one or more days? 

CNM may extend the semester by the period the college is closed, if needed. We will continue to review our options and update this response with new information.  

What will happen to faculty pay?

Modified operations has been extended to May 3; it was previously set to last through April 5.

All employees, including those whose job duties cannot be completed from a remote location, will be paid through April 5.

We are reviewing ways to make our leave policies as generous and compassionate as possible during this extended period. An updated leave policy will be announced by April 3.

How should I complete my timesheet during modified operations? What if I'm unable to work?

Through April 5, if you're able to work your schedule, record your time as you normally would. Likewise, record any sick/annual leave/personal hours as your normally would.

If you're unable to work due to impacts from COVID-19, use the LGL leave code. Use of this code applies to both exempt and non-exempt employees. This code will allow you to continue to be paid fully during modified operations (March 16 - April 5). Also, this code may help CNM receive federal, state or other reimbursement for leave related to COVID-19.

All hours worked, whether they include the LGL code or not, should equal your regularly scheduled hours for the pay period. Electronic timesheet submission and approval by employees and supervisors will continue as normal. 

An updated timesheet process, to account for the extension of modified operations, will be announced by April 3.

What do I tell a student who indicates they need accessibility accommodations for online content?

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) can assist students with accommodations for online classes.

Please tell students to contact the DRC for updates to their Student Accommodation Statement. Even if the student has a Student Accommodation Statement in place, they may contact the DRC for assistance. The DRC can be reached at or (505) 224-3259.   

What Benefits resources are available to me during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Benefits has created a SharePoint page discussing resources available to staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This includes information about the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), providing staff with access to ComPsych guidance resources.