New Mexico Tech Privacy Reminder
For New Mexico Tech Staff and Faculty
It is NMT’s media relations protocol that any NMT employee who receives a media inquiry should immediately direct the inquiring party to contact the Office of Marketing and Communications (ext. 5539) to get the media member the best and most accurate information, set up interviews, and provide any other services requested.
For Media Outlets, Campus Visitors, and Members of the University Community
New Mexico Tech has an interest in ensuring that the privacy of all of its students, faculty and staff is respected, and that no activities interfere with education, research or residential life.
The university is a state of New Mexico Research Institution. Most common areas of the campus typically are open to visitors. Even in these locations, media representatives must not interfere with the privacy of students, faculty and staff, or with educational, research and residential activities. The university may revoke at any time permission to be present in these and any other areas of the university.
In accordance with the university’s policies, members of the media are prohibited from entering student residences or dining halls. Members of the media are prohibited in all residential areas of the university, including student residences and the surrounding faculty neighborhoods without prior permission from the university's Marketing and Communications Office. Media are prohibited inside classrooms, libraries, laboratories and other academic buildings without prior permission from the Marketing and Communications Office and instructors.
No commercial activity may occur on the campus without the university's permission. This includes the taking of photos, or similar audio or visual recordings that are sold to others, or otherwise used for commercial, promotional or marketing purposes. Those involved in unauthorized commercial activity will be asked to leave campus immediately. Requests for permission should be submitted to Marketing and Communications Director Jimmy Himes at 575-835-5091 or 575-322-0927.
Any filming or photography on campus must adhere to the university’s policies.
Recognized student groups and official units of the university will be granted such permission so long as they do not violate the privacy or property interests of others; so long as any sale of their products is predominantly on campus to students, faculty and staff; and so long as they comply with applicable university policies and procedures.
Violators of this policy may be subject to criminal and/or civil liability, as well as university disciplinary action if applicable.
Film, Photography, and Video Requests
New Mexico Tech’s permission is required for any filming or photography on New Mexico Tech-owned lands by:
- News professionals
- Professional or commercial photographers and filmmakers
- Campus visitors taking pictures or filming for commercial purposes or using a commercial or professional photographer or filmmaker
- Anyone taking wedding or portrait photography
- Personal photos may be taken by students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and other campus visitors so long as: 1) they are used exclusively for personal non-commercial purposes; 2) the taking of such photos is consistent with this policy, and 3) they do not interfere with the ongoing operations of the university.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the university reserves the right to prohibit any filming or photography on its lands for any reason, including if the filming or photography creates the potential for: 1) disruption of academic, research, business or student activities; 2) damage to or alteration of university property; 3) inappropriate use of the New Mexico Tech name, marks or image; 4) disruption of traffic, parking or pedestrian pathways; 5) other safety hazards; or 6) violations of the university’s privacy policies.
News-related filming and photography
The Marketing and Communications Office accommodates reasonable requests for journalistic, news-related, non-commercial shooting, but reserves the right to deny permission when the request runs contrary to university policies – especially those that ensure student privacy. The subject of all news-related filming or photography must be directly related to the university.
Non-news filming or photography
Commercial filming and photography related to the marketing of companies and organizations other than New Mexico Tech is prohibited on university property. Such activities are incompatible with the university’s long-standing policies prohibiting endorsement or the appearance of endorsement.
The Marketing and Communications Office will consider film and photography requests involving programs featuring New Mexico Tech students, faculty or staff, or the creation of television shows, movies, documentaries, or educational-related programs, providing the subject matter is related to New Mexico Tech.
Non-New Mexico Tech entities are prohibited from flying drones and other unmanned flying vehicles above or from within New Mexico Tech lands. Faculty, students, staff and approved vendors are required to obtain advance approval for such flights from New Mexico Tech. For more information and instructions on requesting review of a proposed flight, contact the Marketing and Communications Office at 575-835-5539.
Use of New Mexico Tech’s name, other trademarks and emblems, or images in connection with any photograph or film is prohibited without written permission by the university. For more information, contact the Marketing and Communications Office at 575-835-5539.
Non-New Mexico Tech entities are prohibited from hosting media events on university
property, or inviting media to the New Mexico Tech campus.
New Mexico Tech has an interest in ensuring that the privacy of all of its students, faculty and staff is respected and that no activities interfere with education, research or residential life. Therefore, filming in student residences, dining halls, libraries, classrooms and laboratories is prohibited without prior permission from the Marketing and Communications Office.
Members of the media are prohibited in all residential areas of the university, including student residences and the surrounding faculty neighborhoods without prior permission from the Marketing and Communications Office.
All professional filmmakers and photographers working on the New Mexico Tech's campus must have prior permission from the Marketing and Communications Office, carry credentials, and have appropriate liability insurance.
Filming of b-roll of areas of the university is prohibited for privacy reasons and to avoid disruption of university activities. Members of the media and others may request directions to download high-quality, university-produced b-roll of New Mexico Tech areas.
New Mexico Tech departments and organizations may film or photograph on the main campus providing 1) they have requested and received permission from the Office of Marketing and Communications; and 2) the work is New Mexico Tech-related and does not interfere with university operations.
Filming or photography on New Mexico Tech property for academic purposes is limited only to New Mexico Tech students, staff and faculty, as well as New Mexico Tech-sponsored programs and other programs that occur on New Mexico Tech's campus for which filming/photography is part of the program. The resulting films and photographs may not be used or distributed for commercial, marketing or promotional purposes.
For more information, contact the Marketing and Communications Office at 575-835-5539.