March 19, 2020
Dear UNM-Taos community:
Our UNM-Taos Administrative team met this morning after we received the email from President Stokes. Based on what we have seen this week, we have made the following decisions:
- In an effort to eliminate the number of employees physically present on our campuses, effective 5 p.m. today (Thursday, March 19), and until further notice, UNM-Taos will move all operations, including classes, to online and remote communications via email, phone, and Zoom.
- All campus facilities will be locked and secured. No buildings will be open to the public. Authorized employees will be allowed limited access on an as-needed basis in the coming weeks. More information on access will be forthcoming.
- We will continue striving to create a safe and healthy place for our students to learn, innovate, and achieve.
- I want to emphasize that we are not closing operations–only facilities–and are shifting our focus on developing and refining virtual learning environments and services.
Courses will move online on a rolling basis to the fullest extent possible beginning Monday, March 23. In-person group educational experiences will have to be replaced with other forms or eliminated. We are committed to ensuring that every student approaching graduation will graduate, and we are committed to ensuring that any course that must be truncated will receive academic credit.
For faculty and staff:
Please check your UNM email regularly for updates and guidance from the dean of academic affairs, your chair, or your direct supervisor.
Please continue to check your UNM email regularly for additional information on UNM HR policies and guidance for staff regarding the COVID-19 crisis.
It’s vital that every member of our community remain informed as this situation develops. For more information and updates, visit taos.unm.edu or call our Snow/Emergency hotline at 575-737-6222, or visit unm.edu/coronavirus, cdc.gov, and nmhealth.org. If you have specific questions or suggestions about the COVID-19 response, contact the NMDOH Epidemiology Hotline at 505-827-0006.
Remember that we are family and are here for each other during this unsettling time. Let’s continue to pull together and pull through. Your patience, understanding, and adaptation are greatly appreciated.
Stay safe and please follow all public health protocols.
Patrick L. Valdez, Ph.D.