Mandatory NMT Spring 2021 Student Check-in
For the safety and well-being of the entire New Mexico Tech community, all NMT students enrolled or planning to enroll in the Spring 2021 Semester on-campus classes/labs (face-to-face [F2F] or hybrid) must successfully complete the NMT Spring 2021 Student Check-in. The required check-in must be completed prior to participating in any on-campus activities (e.g. visiting campus offices, moving into campus housing, attending classes, on-campus employment/research, etc.).
The components of the required check-in are as follows:
1. Online Health Screening Questionnaire (HSQ)
- The HSQ is the first step in the mandated Check-in process.
- Complete and submit the online HSQ.
- The HSQ will be available starting January 6th. Click here.
- There will be an opportunity to sign-up for an on-campus drive-thru & walk-up check-in and COVID-19 Rapid Testing time at the end of the online HSQ.
2. On-campus Drive-thru & Walk-up Check-in Events
- Students can sign-up for an On-campus Drive-thru & Walk-up Check-in time (Jan. 13-19, 9a-noon or noon-5p) at the end of the HSQ.
- COVID-19 Rapid Testing will be part of the check-in process.
- Both the check-in and rapid testing events will take place in the Macey Center parking lot.
- Masks and social distancing are required.
- Commuter students living in Socorro and the local area are encouraged to check-in Jan. 13-15 to help spread out all the students needing to go through the process.
- Students living in campus housing should make sure their scheduled check-in time frame (Jan. 16-18) coincides with the time they scheduled to move into their campus housing assignment.
3. COVID-19 Rapid Test
- All on-campus students are required to submit to a rapid test that is part of the on-campus drive-thru & walk-up check-in.
- Test results will be available in 8-12 minutes. There is no out of pocket cost to students; however, they will be asked to provide insurance information. Most insurance companies will cover the expense, but NMT will cover the cost of the test if the student does not have insurance.
- Any student who receives a positive test result from the rapid testing process must go into self-isolation in accordance with the NMDOH requirement. Resident students living in campus housing will be contacted by the Residential Life office (575-835-5700) or firstname.lastname@example.org) and accommodated accordingly (e.g. room assignment, meal delivery, activities, etc.).
- Commuter students who need to self-isolate will be instructed to go directly to their off-campus accommodation. NMT plans to contact students in self-isolation at least every other day.
- Students who receive a possible false-positive or false-negative test (e.g. tested negative but has COVID-19 related symptoms/ recently in contact with a positive/confirmed case, etc.) must be retested via the PCR test method and must self-isolate at least until receiving those test results (approximately 48 hrs.). The confirmation test will be provided on the spot. NMT plans to contact students in self-isolation at least every other day.
- Tech will also continue to work with the Socorro Public Health Office to have weekly local and on-campus surveillance testing.
4. NMT Spring 2021 Health Compliance Certificate (HCC)
- Students will receive an HCC upon receiving a negative test result and being symptom-free.
- On-campus students must successfully check-in and receive a (HCC) prior to engaging in campus activities.
- Students must maintain a hard copy of their personalized HCC and have it on them when on-campus. The HCC should be placed into the provided lanyard and then worn or easily displayed while on campus. The HCC must be presented upon request or displayed in the provided lanyard to receive any on-campus student support services between January 13 and January 29, 2021. Students will also need to have their HCC to attend on-campus classes or work on-campus during the first two weeks of school.
5. NMT Spring 2021 Student On-campus Lanyard
- Along with the HCC, students who successfully complete all required steps of the mandatory check-in will also receive a designated lanyard with an attached clear card holder.
- The Lanyard and HCC should be prominently displayed anytime students are on campus for at least the first two weeks of school (through Friday, Jan. 29)
- Students should insert their HCC into the transparent card holder that is provided with the lanyard. Students can also insert their Student ID into the Lanyard if desired, but it should not cover-up the HCC.
- Having the lanyard prominently displayed should allow others to see that you have officially checked-in for the semester.
- Please do not lose your lanyard, it may be needed in other related protocol or future contests.
- Starting Wednesday, January 13, 2021, no students will be allowed on campus unless they successfully complete the mandatory check-in process and have obtained an HCC and the designated lanyard.
- Student employees or student researchers needing to be on-campus prior to January 13, 2021, must contact their supervisors to make arrangements for the rapid testing. Once the rapid testing is completed for these students and they have negative results, they can contact the Dean of Students (email@example.com, 575-835-5953, 575-845-5880) to obtain an HCC and lanyard for continual access to campus.
- Out-of-state students or those returning to Tech from out of state must comply with the Governor’s orders and self-isolate for 14 days upon entering New Mexico. Even if individuals entering the state get tested and have negative results, they must self-isolate. This is subject to change as the status of the pandemic changes.
- Any online-only students needing to come to campus after the extended Winter Break must follow the same process above. This requirement will remain in effect until otherwise notified.
- Students who arrive on campus after January 19, 2021(e.g. due to self-isolation) will still be required to check-in and follow the steps above before they are permitted on campus. Undergraduate students should contact the Dean of Students (firstname.lastname@example.org or 575-5953 or 575-835-5880) and graduate students should contact the Graduate Dean of Students (email@example.com or 575-835-6432 or 575-835-5513) to make arrangements to get a local rapid test and be cleared to return to campus.
- Students not willing to properly check-in, take the COVID-19 Rapid Test, or submit the required online HSQ will not be permitted to be an on-campus student. Students not willing to take these required safety measures cannot take face-to-face classes/labs or come onto the NMT campus for support or services. These students will need to enroll as an online-only student for the semester and must receive their support services virtually, at a distance.
We hope all students will understand and support NMT’s safety and health procedures; however, any student failing to comply with these check-in requirements or not following NMT’s COVID-19 safety protocol/policies (e.g. facial covering/masks, social distancing, following self-isolation orders, etc.) may be subject to disciplinary action.
Please email the Dean of Students, Dr. Peter Phaiah, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 575-835-5953 or 575-835-5880 for related information or accommodations. Graduate students may also contact Dr. Aly El Osery (email@example.com or 575-835-6432 or 575-835-5513) for any academic or work-related questions.