Catalog - General Information


Smoking on University Property

Adopted by the President 3/27/1997 - Effective Date: June 1, 1997

1. General - Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) has been shown through research and field studies to be the most widespread harmful indoor air pollutant. ETS contains over 4,000 chemicals, 43 of which are known animal or human carcinogens. Many chemicals in ETS are tumor promoters or cancer precursors. Exposure to ETS has been shown to cause pulmonary, cardiovascular, and reproductive disease in nonsmoking adults and children. Described herein are policies and procedures designed to reduce the hazards of ETS to nonsmokers and to comply with the New Mexico Clean Indoor Air Act, House Bill 48, 1985 as amended.

Smoking tobacco products is prohibited in all University buildings, facilities, vehicles, and during organized indoor and outdoor events on University property. This policy also applies to other legal smoking preparations such as clove cigarettes.

2. Smoke Free Building

Smoking is prohibited in or at:

  • all enclosed buildings and facilities, including classrooms, offices, food service venues, lavatories, and most residence halls (in accordance with Residence Life policies); 
  • corridors, elevators, and enclosed walkways;
  • University-owned vehicles; and indoor and outdoor athletic or other University-sponsored or designated events.

"No Smoking" signs will be posted at every major entrance to all University buildings and facilities. The University Safety, Health and Environmental Affairs Department will provide signs for facilities as required. Ashtrays will not be provided in any enclosed University building or facility. 

Smoking is not permitted outdoors on University property.


Policy on Illegal Drugs and Alcohol

This Policy on Illegal Drugs and Alcohol is adopted pursuant to federal laws and because of the commitment of The University of New Mexico to an environment for the pursuit of its educational mission free of illegal drugs and the illegal use of alcohol. Drug and alcohol abuse on campus poses a serious threat to the health and welfare of faculty, staff, and students; impairs work and academic performance; jeopardizes the safety and well-being of other employees, student and members of the general public; and conflicts with the responsibility of The University of New Mexico to foster a healthy atmosphere for the pursuit of education, research, and service. This policy covers all property owned, used, leased or controlled by The University of New Mexico, or any other site where official University business is being conducted. "Controlled substances: means those substances in 812, and implementing regulations, 21 CFR 1308.11-1301.15." Controlled substances include, but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine (including "crack"), amphetamines, heroin, PCP, hallucinogens, and certain prescription drugs. Illegal uses of alcohol include, but are not limited to, serving, buying or drinking alcohol by a minor; assisting a minor or an intoxicated person to get alcohol; selling alcohol without a license and driving while under the influence. The policy is not intended to supersede or negate any existing policies on substance abuse, student or employee discipline, or any additional requirements imposed on The University of New Mexico or its students, faculty, or staff by federal or state law.


Policy Statement

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of controlled substances or alcohol on UNM property or as part of any of its faculty, staff, or student—is strictly prohibited. As a condition of employment, all employees, faculty and staff of The University of New Mexico shall abide by the terms of this policy. Violation of this policy shall result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. As a condition of continued registration and enrollment, any student of The University of New Mexico shall abide by this policy. Violation of this policy shall result in disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion.

UNM's response to any violation of this policy may include, as a total or partial alternative to disciplinary action, a requirement that the employee or student participate successfully in an approved substance abuse treatment or rehabilitation programs a condition of continued employment or registration/enrollment. Any employee engaged in the performance of work under federal contract or granting is required, as a condition of employment, to notify his/her supervisor if he or she is convicted of a criminal drug statue violation occurring in the workplace within five days of such conviction. The supervisor shall notify the University Counsel's Office. Failure of the employee to notify the supervisor shall be grounds for disciplinary action.

In recognition of the dangers of substance abuse in the workplace The University of New Mexico shall maintain alcohol and drug-free awareness programs to inform members of the University community about the issues and risks of substance abuse, and about counseling and treatment resources. The University shall assign responsibility for such awareness programs to specific administrative entities, which shall be provided sufficient resources to develop and maintain the programs. As a matter of policy, any referral, treatment, awareness, or primary prevention programs established by the University of New Mexico shall play no role in enforcing or instituting possible disciplinary action.


Computer Use Policy

UNM Taos has adopted a Code of Ethics regarding the use of computer facilities. Computer users agree to abide by the policy in the Code of Ethics. Violations of any of the conditions are considered unethical and possibly unlawful. Disciplinary procedures are outlined in the Code of Ethics and will be imposed on computer users who violate the policy. Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. It is the user’s responsibility to protect his/her own password to his/her account. Any user caught sharing accounts will have his/her access privileges suspended and will be reported to the Administration for appropriate action. Use of all lab computer equipment is limited to current UNM Taos students, faculty, and staff. Use by other persons is strictly prohibited.

  • Computer lab equipment is provided for school related projects, and the privilege is not to be abused.
  • Users must accept the risk as to the availability of lab equipment and services.
  • User’s files should be saved to diskette or zip disk. Any files saved to the hard drives may be deleted.
  • Print only UNM class work related documents. The printing of multiple copies is not allowed.
  • No eating or drinking in the lab.
  • Do not disturb other users with excessive noise.
  • Report any computer lab problems to the computer coordinator.
  • Report LRC problems to the Library Staff.

[For the complete UNM computer use policy, go to]

The UNM Taos computer center services a large number of faculty, staff, and students. All computer users have the responsibility to use the Computer Center systems in an effective, efficient, ethical, and lawful manner. The ethical and legal standards that are maintained are derived directly from standards of common sense and common decency that apply to the use of any public resource.

[The following conditions apply to all users of the UNM Taos computer systems. Violations of any of the conditions are considered unethical and possibly unlawful.]

  • The use of computer facilities is a privilege, not a right, and UNM Taos seeks to protect legitimate computer users by imposing sanctions on those who abuse the privilege. Eliminating computer abuse provides more computing resources for users with legitimate computing needs.
  • The computer center usage policy is based on the laws of the State of New Mexico and United States copyright law. In addition, certain restrictions apply that are not specifically covered by either law.
  • Besides setting guidelines for appropriate use of computers, the usage policy outlines the disciplinary procedures that will be imposed on computer users who violate the policy. In accordance with established University practices, violations may result in disciplinary review, which could result in expulsion from the University or dismissal from a position, and/or legal action.

[Computer users agree to abide by the following conditions, which apply to all computers and network interconnections owned or administrated by the Computer Center including University-wide microcomputer facilities.]

  • A variety of software is available for use in the lab. These programs have been specifically configured for our computers and peripherals. Do not change any computer configuration or preference unless specifically guided by your instructor. No application program software of any kind may be installed on or copied to or from any computer.
  • Violation or abuse of any policy, equipment, or lab staff member will be reported to the Campus Director and may result in suspension or revocation of lab privileges.

 For the complete UNM computer use policy, go to