Fall 2021: Welcome Back to Campus

CNM welcomes you to the Fall 2021 term and our culture of care and protection.

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A Culture of Care and Protection for All Suncats

As we begin returning to campus in larger numbers, we all must be united in creating a culture of care and protection for one another. This culture of care extends to every part of campus, including our classrooms, labs, and common areas, and, of course, to our fellow students, faculty and staff. By caring for each other, we’ll protect each other and our families and community.

The main aspects of this culture include:

Vaccine Policy/Requirement
Please read CNM's vaccine policy/requirement, effective Aug. 4, 2021.

COVID-19 Symptom Checking
Submit a Health Self-Assessment Checklist online every day before coming to campus.

Face Coverings
If you're unvaccinated you must wear a mask covering your nose and mouth in all CNM locations, both inside and outside, and observe six feet of distancing from others. The only time an unvaccinated person can remove their mask is when eating or drinking, while maintaining at least six feet of distancing. If you're vaccinated you must wear a mask covering your nose and mouth when inside a CNM building. Vaccinated people may remove their mask indoors if alone in a classroom, office, or cubicle and there is a minimum of six feet of distance from the nearest person.

Social Distancing
Please do your best to maintain at least six feet of distance from others at all times. Disregarding social distancing guidelines may result in dismissal from learning activities. Bathrooms are also subject to social distancing.

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Be mindful of arrows on floors and doors. There may be specific doors dedicated to entering and others for exiting. Read any posted signs on doors or in walkways for information about pathways and traffic flow. Do not gather in hallways or sit on floors and other surfaces.

Be sure you have everything needed for class before you leave for campus. Please do not share books, computers, pens, paper, food, beverages, or any other physical items.

Avoid Gathering After Class
Avoid mingling with fellow students, faculty, or staff and leave the campus promptly in order to further reduce the risk of spread.

Please check the New Mexico Department of Health Coronavirus website for the latest updates on possible restrictions if you’re considering traveling out of state.

The goal of these protocols is to reduce and minimize the transmission of the COVID-19 virus so we can keep everybody safe.

COVID-19 Safe Practices (CSPs) for All

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don't have a tissue, use your arm.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Try your best to maintain a 6-foot distance from others.
  • Avoid large gatherings.
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    Watch for symptoms of COVID-19. If you experience symptoms, get tested.

CNM has centralized our information, resources, and Frequently Asked Questions related to COVID-19 at This site is updated frequently with new information, so we encourage you to check back often.

With pandemic conditions continuing to improve, CNM will be offering 40% of Fall Term classes in-person. Classrooms and lab furnishings have been carefully arranged consistent with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for classroom and building capacity limits to provide for social distancing. Please do not rearrange any furniture.