This webpage is under development and is undergoing regular changes and review (most recent update: Feb. 20, 2024).

Policies and Procedures at New Mexico Tech

New Mexico Tech Policies help to ensure coordinated compliance with applicable laws and regulations, to promote operational efficiencies, to enhance the Institute mission, or to reduce institutional risk. In addition, New Mexico Tech Policies help to ensure integrity and other fundamental institutional values that define the vision of New Mexico Tech, such as academic freedom, freedom of expression, shared governance, maintaining collegiality and citizenship, and upholding accountability for professionalism and diplomacy among administration, faculty, staff, students, other constituents and maintaining accountability to our accrediting and regulating organizations.  All New Mexico Tech policies are found on this webpage, though most also found on various division and office websites (e.g., academic policies are listed on the Office of Academic Affairs site).

New Mexico Tech's Policy Development, Amendment and Rescindment Policy, which is informally known as the Policy on Policy, governs the development, amendment and rescindment of New Mexico Tech policies.  As part of the process outlined in this document some draft university policies are subject to a 15-day review and comment period.   Such draft policies are posted on this website (see below).

Policy Types 

Institute-Wide Policy

Institute-wide policies are those that affect the broader campus community. For example, those needed to operate New Mexico Tech in compliance with state and federal legislation, such as campus health and safety standards, best practices in research, records retention, financial operations, and rules governing non-academic student behavior on campus.

Academic Policy

Academic policies are those that are focused on the academic mission of the Institute. Examples include policies governing academic freedom, tenure and promotion, academic honesty, faculty governance, and faculty qualifications.

Policies Requiring Board of Regents Approval

Some policies require approval by the Board of Regents in addition to the approval of the President. The President and the Chair of the Board of Regents determine whether or not a policy requires Board of Regents' approval. The Board will typically consider policies that govern the financial health and overall quality of the Institute.

Interim Policies

Interim policies are needed when a policy must be in place and there is not time to follow the procedures outlined in this document. For example, an interim policy might be needed to keep New Mexico Tech in compliance with federal or state laws, or the expectations of an accreditation agency. An interim policy only requires approval by the President. An interim policy must note in its title that it is an interim policy. Such policies are by their nature short-term, and should be replaced by regularly developed and approved policy within one year of their adoption.


If a policy or portion of policy conflicts with other Institute policy or with state or federal legislation, the higher ranking policy takes precedence, with the order of ranking, from lowest to highest: academic policy, Institute-wide policy, any policy approved by the Board of Regents, state legislation, federal legislation. If no policy exists regarding a particular issue, the Institute must defer to state or federal law.

Policies Under Campus Community Review

The final drafts of the following policy or policies are available to the campus community for a minimum of 15 calendar day review and comment period. Any policy under review will appear in this section. 

Presently interim versions of these policies are in place.  The proposed policies were developed to mirror existing policies and procedures found in NMT's Employee Handbook.  Please submit comments on these proposed policies to by 5 pm, Tuesday, April 16, 2024. 
(posted 04/01/2024)

Policies for campus community review will be posted here after approval by the president or the appropriate sponsoring vice president or division director. Please see the New Mexico Tech policy and signature approval document listed in the next section below. After administrative approval, any policy under review will be posted here by the Office of Communication and Marketing.

"Policy for Closure and Suspension of University Operations"

The Office of Academic Affairs has issued a draft policy titled "Policy for Closure and Suspension of University Operations."  There have been times when weather has either delayed or suspended regular campus operations (e.g., cancellation of classes due to inclement weather).  However, questions have come up as to what happens to classes and other events when these situations occur.  
Along with a draft policy that we would like to put forward to address such situations, we have drafted some guidelines (primarily for faculty and students) that will hopefully assist individuals when these situations occur.  The PDF versions of these documents can be found online at this Policylink with the guidelines found at this Guidelineslink.

New Mexico Tech employees and students are welcome to review the policy and send comments or concerns to Michael Jackson, Vice President for Academic Affairs, We also welcome your feedback on the proposed guidelines.  The deadline to comment is Friday, October 6, 2023.  If you would like a word version of either document to make track changes on, please feel free to contact
Posted online September 18, 2023

Relevant Documents and Templates:

Policy Development, Amendment and Rescindment Policy

New Mexico Tech Policy and Procedures Template and Style Guide

New Mexico Tech Policy Signature and Approval Document

Complete List of Policies

Policies and procedures are arranged alphabetically by Policy title and are listed under the Office of the President and the office of the Vice President or Division Head that is responsible for (the sponsor of) the policy and procedure.

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Vice President for Administration and Finance


Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC)

EMRTC's Policies and Procedures page

Petroleum Recovery Research Center

Employee Handbook

New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources


Laboratory Analysis

Mineral Museum Policies and Procedures


Privacy Policy