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Cooperative Extension Service

NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service (CES) continues to serve New Mexico during the pandemic, and is increasing its operations as public health restrictions are eased, including volunteer-led youth or adult programming, meetings, and gatherings. Guidelines for individual counties or for specific programs will be followed if they are more restrictive than that of NMSU CES.

Specialists and agents provide adult consultation services on an individual basis, and these meetings are documented in contact logs for traceability. All interactions follow guidelines for social distancing, and the use of facemasks and gloves is required. Employees travel in separate vehicles to meet clients if needed, although distance modalities are encouraged.

As restrictions are eased by state and university leaders, Extension group programming will transition from virtual only to allow for limited group face-to-face programming. Extension offices will be physically open to the public, by appointment at first, and then later transitioning to fuller operation as CDC and state guidelines allow.



Guidelines for Campus Visitors
(Added: 08/19/20)

Much like NMSU students and employees, visitors to each of New Mexico State University’s campuses are responsible for following all current public health orders and for taking all steps needed to minimize the possible transmission of COVID-19.

Any university vendors, contractors, outside community members or other campus visitors who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 should not come to any NMSU campuses. These individuals should stay home and contact their healthcare provider.

Vendors and contractors visiting campus must complete a visitor commitment form for vendors, which will be provided and collected by individual campus offices for each individual visiting campus. This form will be submitted to Procurement Services and filed with each vendor’s profile.

Resources for Campus Visitors

In alignment with current public health orders from the State of New Mexico, all visitor to campuses within the NMSU system must wear a mask or face covering at all times while indoors or outdoors, unless eating, drinking or swimming.

Only NMSU students, NMSU employees and those conducting official business with the university are permitted inside NMSU buildings. Zuhl and Branson libraries are closed to the general public at this time.

Anyone visiting an NMSU campus must follow all #NMSUReady signage and instructions, posted indoors and outdoors regarding face coverings, social distancing, the use of access doors, and traffic flow directions.



Guidelines for Events and Gatherings
(Updated: 09/02/20)

New Mexico State University has a strong relationship with the communities we serve. Under normal circumstances, NMSU invites alumni, donors, community members and other guests to each of our campuses across the university system on a regular basis to take part in various events and gatherings. These activities are part of NMSU’s broader community relations efforts, as outlined in our strategic plan, NMSU LEADS 2025, Goal 3: Amplify Extension and Outreach.

The following guidelines are provided to balance the need for some events to take place at the university during COVID-19 and the obligation to mitigate the risks of these events. For purposes of this guidance, events include a coordinated gathering of 10 or more individuals at some location within the NMSU system for a purpose outside of a normal workplace or instructional meeting.

Decisions regarding gatherings must be made in the interest of the health and safety of our university community and in accordance with current public health guidance. NMSU will continue to reassess this guidance and update these temporary restrictions as appropriate.

The university encourages virtual, online activities whenever possible. Requests for gatherings larger than 10 individuals must have a compelling reason to do so, which cannot be accommodated in a virtual environment.

These gatherings and similar activities may be permitted at the discretion of the applicable community college president, dean, vice president, or equivalent authority as long as they adhere to current public health order specifications. Additional considerations for approval of events would include an indoor vs. outdoor space, minimized length of time together and the serving of food. Many university facilities are still being modified for additional safety. Those areas may not be immediately available.


 


Student Events and Gatherings
(Updated: 08/26/20)

  • The normal Activity Request process will still be in place for student events.
  • Requests, requiring a reservation of academic space, can be submitted to University Student Records via the Event Scheduling website upon approval by Campus Activities.
  • All student organizations should review the revised and updated Student Organization COVID-19 Policies.


Employee/Department Events and Gatherings
(Added: 07/22/20)

  • Employee gatherings, outside of normal daily business and similar interactions, must follow all applicable rules and public health guidance, as outlined by the New Mexico Department of Health.
  • Begin the event request process by completing and submitting the Event Request Form.
  • Event requests will be reviewed by a designated group representing Auxiliary Services, EHS&RM, Fire, Police and F&S members. Organizers of these events must submit a safety plan through their Department Head or Division Director for approval by the broader group representing Campus Activities, EHS&RM, Fire, Police and F&S members. The plan must be submitted at least two weeks in advance, which should include the date, time/duration, and location of the event; the names of attendees; and steps outlined to ensure social distancing, the wearing of face coverings and other measures designed to ensure the healthiest possible situation.
  • Requests requiring a reservation of academic space, can be submitted to University Student Records via the Event Scheduling website upon approval.



NMSU-Sponsored Events
(Added: 07/22/20)

  • Events sponsored by a university department must follow all applicable rules and public health guidance, as outlined by the New Mexico Department of Health.
  • Begin the event request process by completing and submitting the Event Request Form.
  • Event requests will be reviewed by a designated group representing Auxiliary Services, EHS&RM, Fire, Police and F&S members. Organizers of these events must submit a safety plan through their Department Head or Division Director for approval by the broader group representing Campus Activities, EHS&RM, Fire, Police and F&S members. The plan must be submitted at least two weeks in advance, which should include the date, time/duration, and location of the event; the names of attendees; and steps outlined to ensure social distancing, the wearing of face coverings and other measures designed to ensure the healthiest possible situation.


NMSU Special Events
(Added: 07/22/20)

  • Guidelines for spectators attending NCAA competitions are still being drafted by the relevant bodies. The university will follow all rules as outlined by the CDC, NCAA, Western Athletic Conference and NM Department of Health when it comes to these kinds of gatherings.
  • All concerts and similar performing arts presentations scheduled to take place at NMSU have been postponed until 2021. The university will follow all rules, as outlined by the CDC and NM Department of Health once these events are approved at the State level to take place.


Community Events and Gatherings
(Added: 07/22/20)

  • Community members seeking to rent space at NMSU for an event must ensure the event follows all applicable rules and public health guidance, as outlined by the NM Department of Health. Current public health orders would not permit these types of gatherings.
  • The outdoor spaces of each of the NMSU campuses are considered to be available to the general public. As such, no restrictions will be enforced for various outdoor activities or outdoor community gatherings which follow current public health order specifications and would have taken place under normal circumstances. These kinds of gatherings include, but are not limited to, various exercising activities, picnics, fishing, and other instances where people would gather for a coordinated activity. Indoor spaces are not included as part of this guidance.


Resources for Events and Gatherings