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Frequently Asked Questions

NMT COVID-19 FAQs

General | Health | Facilities | Student | Faculty/Staff

General Information

1. Is NMT campus open?

Yes, buildings were unlocked on August 3. 

2. Are visitors allowed on NMT campus?

Yes, but limited. Only visitors conducting essential business will be allowed on campus. Visitors to campus must fill out and submit the NMT Campus Visitor Form prior to arriving on campus. Please see specific requirements in the NMT Resilient Reopening Plan (PDF).

3. Are Vendors/Contractors allowed on campus?

Yes, but they need to complete a NMT Purchasing Vendor/Work Request Form. The form must be completed by the NMT Dept. Head and Vendor/Contractor.

4. If I have a question about NMT's response or policies/procedures due to the COVID-19 pandemic where should I go?

Please visit the NMT Covid-19 webpage, review the NMT COVID-19 FAQ or you can submit your question to the NMT COVID-19 Communications Center here.

Health Questions

1. What does self isolation/quarantine mean?

It means staying physically in your room, apartment, or house. Do not go to work, classes, athletic events, gym or other gatherings for 14 days. Limit contact with other people as much as possible.

This includes limiting close contact with people living in your residence. Wash your hands with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand rubs after coughing or sneezing or throwing a used tissue in the garbage. Avoid sharing household items. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding, or any other items until you are no longer asked to self-isolate. Keep your surroundings clean. While the virus is not spread very well from contact with soiled household surfaces, try to clean surfaces that you share with others, such as door knobs, telephones, and bathroom surfaces (or any other object that you sneeze or cough on), with a standard household disinfectant wipe. Wash your hands after cleaning the area. 

2. Where do I self isolate?

Stay in your residence hall room, apartment, or residence.

3. Who do I notify if I test positive for COVID19?

Students must contact the NMT Nurse Practitioner (575-835-5094 or https://www.nmt.edu/studenthealth) and Dean of Students (deanofstudents@nmt.edu) and seek medical advice. Employees must notify their immediate supervisor, and seek medical advice. 

4. What should I do if I feel ill?

All NMT employees (faculty, staff, and student employees) must complete a self-assessment prior to reporting to work to determine if they are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms. These include fever, dry cough, chill, repeated shaking with chills, and shortness of breath, muscle pain, loss of taste or smell, or sore throat. If an employee exhibits any symptoms, they are to contact their supervisor and not come to work. Likewise, if employees develop such symptoms during the course of the day, they should report it immediately to their supervisor, return home, and seek medical attention. Students should complete a self-assessment daily (i.e., check temperature). If students develop symptoms during the course of the day, they should report it immediately to the NMT Student Health Office at (575) 835-5094, go to their on/off campus residence, and seek medical attention.

5. Do I need to wear a mask?

Yes. Everyone on campus must wear a mask at all times. People exercising outdoors are not exempt from wearing masks. People can take off masks when they are in an office by themselves, but must wear a mask when a second person enters. Students can take off their masks when they are in their dorm rooms, but must wear a mask in common areas. NMT is following the Governor's Executive Orders and will continue to abide by these rules as they change over time.

6. What should I do if I see someone not abiding by the mask rules?

Employees and students have the authority to ask people to put a mask on. If they refuse, just walk away and don't react confrontationally or aggressively. 

7. Do I need to get a COVID-19 test?

All instructors were required to be tested in early August. All student employees who interact with other students are required to be tested. All staff members who interact with students on a regular basis are required to be tested. All other employees and students are encouraged to be tested, but not required to do so. 

8. Does the NMT Health Center conduct COVID-19 testing?

No. Please contact NMDOH at 855-600-3453. Register for NMDOH COVID-19 Testing at https://cvtestreg.nmhealth.org/.

9. I am an NMT employee do I have to be tested for COVID-19 before I return to work?

Testing is highly encouraged for employees, but is mandatory for those employees who have direct contact with students and student spaces (dorms, labs, classrooms, and any other area frequented by students.)

10. What is NMT doing to maintain cleanliness on campus?

All classrooms will be disinfected at least twice daily. High traffic touch-points are being disinfected three times a day. Restrooms will be disinfected three times a day. Facilities Management is hiring a second custodial shift to assist with disinfecting campus buildings.

Wipes will be available in most classrooms for students/teachers to use. NMT will maintain hand sanitizer stations in all buildings and encourage their usage, and will be installing hands-free sanitizer dispensers in the coming weeks. NMT has also reviewed, and adjusted where appropriate, its room air circulation. NMT is installing in each classroom HEPA air filtration systems that use UVC Lights, produces ozone, and produces hydrogen peroxide to clean the air and kill the COVID virus.

In the coming weeks, NMT will be installing automated soap dispensers. NMT has also installed in the restrooms automatic paper towel dispensers, toilet lids, and no-touch foot pedal door openers. NMT has two specially trained and equipped COVID teams that will disinfect areas of campus where a COVID case is suspected.

11. How is NMT creating an environment in which social distancing is feasible?

All classrooms will be arranged so that students are seated at least six feet apart for in-person instruction in buildings where it is possible. Instructors will be 12 feet from students and will be required to wear a face shield or a face mask. Signs will instruct students to leave the building using the closest exit. There will be a twenty-minute break between classes to minimize contact. Students (and employees) are expected to abide by the six-foot social distancing rule at all times, within reason.

12. What should I do if a student attends class and displays COVID-19 symptoms?

First, dismiss the student from the class. Then, report this action to the Dean of Students and Academic Affairs (VPAA@nmt.edu).

13. What should I do if a student refuses to wear a mask or abide by social distancing?

First ask the student one last time to comply with the policy and let them know that they will face disciplinary action if they do not. If they still refuse to comply, dismiss the class and contact Campus Police, the Dean of Students, and Academic Affairs (VPAA@nmt.edu)

Student Questions

1. I am traveling from out of state to move to Socorro on/off campus housing. Will I need to self quarantine for 14 days when I arrive to Socorro?

Yes. At this time, Executive Orders require all persons who travel from out of the State of NM to self quarantine for 14 days. (This includes by any mode of transportation)

2. Do I need to go to class in person?

If the class is face-to-face (F2F) only, then you need to go to class as there will not be online content to replicate the F2F content. If you are in a F2F hybrid class (i.e., one that is taught simultaneously to students F2F and online) it is permissible for you to attend individual lectures online. However, if you signed for a F2F section with limited seats, you should plan to attend F2F, or sign up for an online section instead

3. What is the best way to contact advisors, professors, and other instructors?

To facilitate social distancing and because many faculty are working from home, students should use email to initiate contact with advisors and instructors. Follow up with phone calls when appropriate.

4. Is the NMT campus cafeteria open?

No. There is no indoor dining at this time. All food service is grab and go. 

5. Can I have a visitor in my on campus housing?

No. Guests and visitors (even family members) are not allowed at this time. 

6. What is the best way to contact staff offices, such as Registrar, Financial Aid, Residential Life, Cashier, Student Services, Counseling Center, Disabilities Services, Health Center, and others?

Students should check the website for online services for all staff offices first. If you do not find a resolution online, call the office to find a resolution to your issue or to make an appointment. Drop-ins are discouraged in order to maintain social distancing and minimize exposure of both students and staff members. For items that must be done in person, such as getting a new ID card, call to make an appointment.

7. What software and hardware do I need to participate in online classes?

Students need a fairly new computer to access our Canvas Learning Management System and to use Zoom. NMT will provide Zoom. Students need a webcam and microphone. NMT has combo sets available if a student does not have one. Students will need access to a fairly fast Internet to participate in live Zoom sessions. Students with inadequate internet service may need to download the recordings and watch them later -- called asynchronous learning. NMT might be able to set students up with an Internet hotspot using a mobile phone, providing their area has adequate cell reception. If you do not have access to a webcam on your desktop computer, laptop or tablet, talk to your advisor about options.

Faculty and Staff Questions

1. I am an NMT employee do I have to be tested for COVID-19 before I return to work?

Testing is highly encouraged for employees, but is mandatory for those employees who have direct contact with students and student spaces (dorms, labs, classrooms, and any other area frequented by students.)

2. Are NMT employees allowed to travel outside of NM?

Official NMT travel is restricted to New Mexico. However, employees should discuss exceptions with their supervisor. Employees who take personal time off to go out of state may have to use personal leave if they cannot work from home. Employees should discuss their situation with their supervisor and HR.

3. Do instructors need to wear a mask in class?

Instructors should wear a mask at all times, except when lecturing, during which it is permissible to use a face shield. Shields accommodate students who are hearing impaired permit, and allow students to see facial expressions, which is often an important part of instructional communication.

4. Do staff members need to wear a mask?

Yes. Everyone on campus must wear a mask at all times. People exercising outdoors are not exempt from wearing masks. People can take off masks when they are in an office by themselves, but must wear a mask when a second person enters. Students can take off their masks when they are in their dorm rooms, but must wear a mask in common areas. NMT is following the Governor's Executive Orders and will continue to abide by these rules as they change over time.

5. What should I do if I see someone not abiding by the mask rules?

Employees and students have the authority to ask people to put a mask on. If they refuse, just walk away and dont react confrontationally or aggressively. 

6. Do I need to get a COVID-19 test?

All instructors were required to be tested in early August. All student employees who interact with other students are required to be tested. All staff members who interact with students on a regular basis are required to be tested. All other employees and students are encouraged to be tested, but not required to do so. 

7. Does the NMT Health Center conduct COVID-19 testing?

No. Please contact NMDOH at 855-600-3453. Register for NMDOH COVID-19 Testing at https://cvtestreg.nmhealth.org/.

8. I am an NMT employee do I have to be tested for COVID-19 before I return to work?

Testing is highly encouraged for employees, but is mandatory for those employees who have direct contact with students and student spaces (dorms, labs, classrooms, and any other area frequented by students.)

Facilities Questions

1. Is the NMT golf course open?

No, call 575-835-5335 or visit https://www.nmt.edu/golf/ for more information.

2. Is the NMT swimming pool open?

No, call 575-835-5221 or visit https://www.nmt.edu/physrec/pool.php for more information. 

3. Is the NMT gym open?

No, call 575-835-5120 or visit https://www.nmt.edu/physrec/ for more information. 

4. Is the NMT campus cafeteria open?

No. There is no indoor dining at this time. All food service is grab and go. 

5. What is NMT doing to maintain cleanliness on campus?

All classrooms will be disinfected at least twice daily. High traffic touch-points are being disinfected three times a day. Restrooms will be disinfected three times a day. Facilities Management is hiring a second custodial shift to assist with disinfecting campus buildings.

Wipes will be available in most classrooms for students/teachers to use. NMT will maintain hand sanitizer stations in all buildings and encourage their usage, and will be installing hands-free sanitizer dispensers in the coming weeks. NMT has also reviewed and adjusted where appropriate its room air circulation. NMT is installing in each classroom HEPA air filtration systems that use UVC Lights, produces ozone, and produces hydrogen peroxide to clean the air and kill the COVID virus.

In the coming weeks, NMT will be installing automated soap dispensers. NMT has also installed in the restrooms automatic paper towel dispensers, toilet lids, and no-touch foot pedal door openers. NMT has two specially trained and equipped COVID teams that will disinfect areas of campus where a COVID case is suspected.

6. How is NMT creating an environment in which social distancing is feasible?

All classrooms will be arranged so that students are seated at least six feet apart for in-person instruction in buildings where it is possible. Instructors will be 12 feet from students and will be required to wear a face shield or a face mask. Signs will instruct students to leave the building using the closest exit. There will be a twenty-minute break between classes to minimize contact. Students (and employees) are expected to abide by the six-foot social distancing rule at all times, within reason.

General | Health | Facilities | Student | Faculty/Staff