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Fall 2020 Updates from the NMSU Carlsbad Academic Affairs Office

New Mexico State University Carlsbad wants you to know we’ve been preparing seriously throughout the summer for the 2020 Fall Semester and for the challenges of Covid-19. Everyone—faculty, staff, and administration—is completely focused on public health and safety and on student success.
You’ll find that our preparations start with the college buildings themselves. If on campus you’ll discover a well-thought-out traffic pattern, with campus movement inspired by the best suggested practices of the CDC and with points of access and departure clearly marked.
Now we’re aware that a percentage of our students benefit most from face-to-face instruction and we’ve made careful preparations for that kind of instruction. In our face-to-face classrooms—significantly reduced in number this semester—students will employ social distancing, properly worn face-coverings, surface wipes, disinfectant protocols and sneeze guards to greatly reduce the risk of infections to themselves and others.
Moreover, we’ve worked hard to reduce our face-to-face course offerings to less than a quarter of scheduled classes. At present, then, the majority of our courses are hybrid, conducted with limited classroom attendance and enhanced by Zoom meetings and online instruction.
Student Services is working harder than ever to advise and enroll students. In fact, plans are in place in Student Services to help our students comply with the best health practices and to help move those with concerns to online courses if that decision becomes necessary.
Now, although at present New Mexico has done well in the face of the pandemic in comparison to surrounding states, no guarantees exist that infections and even deaths won’t rise during the fall in our community. So contingencies are being put in place for distance learning if a threshold of infection is reached in our community.
As an addendum, our website and syllabi communicate in more detail the appropriate behaviors on campus and in the classroom as well as what is to be done if one of us becomes infected or comes in contact with someone who has tested positive.
So, that said, we want you to know that everyone at the college is ready and committed to health safety and to academic excellence and progress this fall, that your college is focused and completely committed to health and success.
Dr. Mark Buckholz
Interim CAO/Provost
New Mexico State University Carlsbad