UNM-LA Closes Campus Buildings, Now Operating Remotely

UNM-LA campus buildings closed Thursday until further notice. Photo Courtesy UNM-LA


In response to guidance from UNM President Stokes, information from government officials, and the current situation, the UNM-LA campus will close campus buildings, but remain “open” with employees working from home.

All operations will be handled remotely using phone, email, and online technology. UNM-LA classes, and student services, will continue but with a different delivery system. This complete shift to remote operations becomes effective at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19 and will continue until further notice.

Campus buildings and facilities will be locked and secured until further notice. No public access will be available, but authorized employees will be allowed limited access on an as-needed basis in the coming weeks.

Our continued goal is to create a safe and healthy place for our community and an environment for our students to learn, innovate, and achieve.

Chancellor Cindy Rooney noted, “I want to emphasize that we are not closing operations–only facilities–as we shift our focus to developing and refining virtual learning environments and services.”

Rooney commented on the process of UNM decision making, “We are all striving to maintain social distance and ‘flatten the curve,’ as we also attempt to remain calm during chaos, adaptable during change, and united during times of uncertainty.”

Students and employees are reminded to check your UNM email regularly for updates and guidance. The community is encouraged to visit the following websites: losalamos.unm.edu/; www.unm.edu/coronavirus/cv.nmhealth.org/; and www.cdc.gov/

As UNM President Stokes noted in her email today, “In these extraordinary times, extraordinary measures must be taken to safeguard our university community and maintain our educational mission.”

UNM-Los Alamos is an innovative, rigorous, and affordable comprehensive branch community college that provides foundations for transfer, leading-edge career programs, and lifelong learning opportunities. More information about UNM-LA is available at losalamos.unm.edu.