Living on Campus

Students living on campus will begin moving in on Aug. 14. Classes begin Aug. 19. When students log in to campus technology resources in August, they will see information reminding them about Aggie COVID-19 safety expectations. This information will emphasize health and safety precautions and the importance of personal responsibility critical for the well-being of the NMSU campus community. Public Health Orders for the state will apply equally to all students, and ASNMSU will play a significant leadership role in promoting safety among our Aggie student community. 

At the NMSU system level, no changes are planned to the previously published academic calendar. Any changes on individual campuses will be decided and communicated by local campus presidents.

We strongly discourage any student travel at Thanksgiving. If students choose to travel for the holiday, they should be prepared to follow any state guidelines for quarantining upon return.

Housing & Residential Life Readiness

NMSU’s Housing & Residential Life office supports a healthy on-campus living environment, and is committed to providing students with a positive, engaging, safe, and supportive campus experience. We are looking forward to welcoming residents to campus housing in August. To prepare, we are implementing practices that adapt to a COVID-19 world. Our practices are based on advice from NMSU health experts, New Mexico Department of Health, CDC and other resources. We will provide training and education for our students and expect they will do their part to stay healthy and protect the health of the NMSU community. 

Because we believe in the importance of a structured living environment, NMSU is not waiving the first-year residency requirement. However, we have added an exemption specifically for COVID-19.

Visitors & Holiday Travel 

Students living in Rhodes Garrett Hamiel, Juniper Hall, Garcia Hall, Piñon Hall, Chamisa Village, Vista del Monte and Cervantes Village will not be permitted day or overnight visitors in those housing facilities, including their rooms. This does not apply to student family housing.

Residential living students are strongly discouraged from leaving the university area for the duration of the semester, including Thanksgiving, to limit exposure. If students do leave the residence hall and suspect they have been exposed to COVID-19, the student will be required to report this exposure to the appropriate resident director and may be required to self-quarantine in accordance with CDC and state guidance.

Move-in Schedule

Move-in for each resident will be by scheduled appointment from August 14 to 16 for first-year residents and from August 16 to 18 for upperclassmen, to allow for social distancing and to limit the number of people in a facility at any given time. Resident directors will contact residents with information on how to sign up for a move-in appointment. Each resident will be limited to two helpers during their scheduled move-in time. Face coverings will be required, along with social distancing and frequent hand-washing.

Resident students traveling to the Las Cruces campus by airline are asked to arrive for early move-in by August 1, 2020. These students will need to fill out an “Early Arrival Request – Fall 2020” on their myHousing portal, and provide documentation of air travel so we can best coordinate their living spaces with their travel plans.

Protecting Health

Housing & Residential Life supports healthy habits for resident students. Operations desks at Garcia Hall, Chamisa Village and South Campus will be open and staffed. Guidance on expected health protocols will be provided to residents and placed prominently throughout housing facilities. Residents will see signs that include directions on entrances, exits and foot traffic flow, and maximum occupancy in certain areas. Because of the importance of physical distancing while in the community, common spaces such as lobbies, game rooms and study rooms may not be available.

Isolation housing is available as needed, in housing units that are private and separated from other residential areas. Meal delivery service will be available if required. A team of staff members will support students while in isolation housing through regular phone calls, errands, and meal delivery.

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