Faculty FAQ

Do I need to be worried about coronavirus? What if I get sick, will people think I am infected?

For more information click on the following link https://wellness.nmsu.edu/faq-covid-19/

Is campus open?

In light of the skeletal staffing and the proposed restrictions to public access of our facilities, DACC will be locking all exterior doors to all buildings, on all campuses, beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 20, 2020.  As a result, the library and open computer labs will also be closed during this time.

  • Signs will be placed on exterior doors advising visitors that we are closed.   Only faculty, staff, and student employees with ID will be granted access.  As not all of the employees working on the skeletal crews will have keys to the building, they will need to call Security at (575) 527-7777 and select option 1, to get security personnel and gain access to the building.
  • Security is also being tasked with logging all access to our facilities so we are asking that if you have a key to access the building, or if you are let in by someone else, that you either call or check in with Security to let them know when you arrive and when you leave the building.
  • All deliveries for all six DACC campuses (to include mail, UPS, Fed-Ex, shipping) will be directed to the Espina Campus to Internal Services for spring break.  We will be storing all deliveries.  Due to the limited nature of personnel on campus, we will not be delivering mail next week.  All mail/shipments will be held and normal delivery will resume when we return.  If needed, employees can contact Internal Services to coordinate/schedule pick up of critical mail and/or shipments.
  • This process will continue through the spring break period ending March 27, 2020.
How does DACC clean the campus?

DACC Facilities is working to help ensure the safety of the campus environment: everything from expanded distribution and placement of hand sanitizers to enhanced disinfection and cleaning procedures of common areas.

  • Communications have gone out to faculty, staff and students emphasizing the importance of handwashing and staying home when ill.
  • Facilities and Services have instituted enhanced cleaning practices to minimize the spread of flu and COVID-19 viruses throughout campus buildings, specifically addressing commonly used areas and fixtures (e.g., door knobs, stairway bannisters, elevators).
  • However, if faculty or staff wish to supplement these efforts within their offices or shared spaces, EPA-registered products should be selected preferentially to ensure effective disinfection.
  • The CDC has published interim guidelines for environmental cleaning and disinfection. Note label instructions on disinfection products to ensure concentration, contact time, and application methods are appropriate for the product being used.
Has the semester drop date for classes been extended?

Last day to drop courses with a “W” has been extended to April 2.

Will parking restrictions be enforced during this time?

Parking regulations related to permit requirements have been suspended for the duration of the public health emergency. Any permit is valid in any parking area except special permit and disabled parking, and no permit is required for parking in student, faculty and staff, or open lots. There is ample regular parking available throughout campus, so we ask that you avoid parking in the disabled parking spaces unless you are displaying the appropriate permit/license plate. Enforcement of disabled parking, emergency/fire lanes, blocking streets, restricted access areas and similar violations will continue to be enforced in accordance with state law. If you have any questions on where you can park, call Parking and Transportation Services at 575-646-1839.

What is self-isolation mean?

Self-isolation is staying in your room, apartment, or house. Do not go to work, classes, athletic events, or other social or religious gatherings until 14 days.

What can I do?

  • Limit contact with other people as much as possible. This also means limiting close contact with others including persons living in your residence.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand rubs after coughing or sneezing or throwing a used tissue in the garbage.
  • Avoid sharing household items. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding, or any other items.
  • Keep your surroundings clean.
  • Clean surfaces that you share with others, such as door knobs, telephones, and bathroom surfaces (or any other object that you sneeze or cough on), with a standard household disinfectant wipe.
  • Wash your hands after cleaning the area.
What is social distancing?

Social distancing helps reduce the transmission of respiratory viruses. It means increasing the physical space between people to at least 6 feet.

I’m an instructor, will I need to teach my classes online?

Instructors need to be working to move course material online.  This will vary for each class based on the mode of delivery your course has been throughout the semester.

  • Once courses resume on March 30th – they will be ONLINE, so you must begin making changes now to meet this goal.
  • Courses will NOT meet in person again during the Spring 2020 semester.
  • Classes where online instruction is not feasible, such as labs and Career–Technical Courses (CTE), your dean will be contacting you with more information.
  • Based on the fact that we lost a week of instruction by having a 2 week Spring Break, instructors will need to adjust syllabi and courses to complete the full course in the remaining 8 weeks.
  • Yes, you are working to put 9 weeks of work into 8 weeks.
  • We are not expecting instructors to adapt their face to face classes to full online delivery in this short period of time.
  • Ideally, we are focusing on each course ensuring 3 main functions:
  1. Maintaining communication with students
  2. Providing content to students
  3. Providing a method for students to submit work – and grade.

Online Resources:

VLIT website: Main page https://dacc.nmsu.edu/vlit/

VLIT is taking appointment and can help online or over the phone
email vlit@nmsu.edu to requests an appointment or phone call

Canvas Student Training Registration: https://dacc.nmsu.edu/vlit/student-resources/

DACC Faculty Canvas Online Training: https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=dowbt000000000003363 (Click Launch)

NMSU workshops ONLINE: https://learning.nmsu.edu/upcoming-workshops/

Zoom: New account: https://learning.nmsu.edu/zoom-at-nmsu/

Already have an account: https://nmsu.zoom.us/

FREE Microsoft office: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/products/office/default.aspx

Should I cancel my on-campus event or meeting?

All events have been canceled through April 30, at which time this decision will be reassessed. Contact the event sponsor or venue for more information.  For gatherings of any size, take steps to lower risk such as use of teleconferencing options (ZOOM) and practicing social distancing. Ensure easy access to hand washing facilities and have alcohol-based sanitizers readily available.

 

If DACC closes, can employees choose to come to work?

No, if DACC is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, non-essential employees cannot come on campus during the closure

What should I do if I feel ill?

I have a cough, shortness of breath or other respiratory issues and have traveled to an infected region in the last 14 days or have had contact with anyone who has traveled outside of New Mexico.

  • If you are feeling ill, with a cough, shortness of breath or other respiratory issues make an appointment with your healthcare provider.
  • Students can make an appointment at the Ben Archer Clinic at DACC at 575-527-7480, or the Aggie Health & Wellness Center by calling 575-646-1512.

Here are some guidelines:

  • Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other healthcare facility without calling first. Your provider may need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic. Telemedicine may also be available, enabling you to consult a provider from home.
  • If you have symptoms such as a cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, and have traveled to an infected region in the last 14 days or have had contact with anyone who has traveled outside of New Mexico call the NM Department of Health 855-600-3453 or your primary care doctor first.
  • Do not go to an emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
  • Practice social distancing. Stay indoors and avoid contact with others, just as you would with the flu.
  • Those with contagious diseases should stay home from work or school until they are well.
  • People with fever, cough and respiratory issues should seek immediate medical attention.
How do I know if I am immunocompromised? Who do I talk to?

You should also discuss with your primary care physician or healthcare provider.

  • Students can make an appointment at the Ben Archer Clinic at DACC at 575-527-7480, or the Aggie Health & Wellness Center by calling 575-646-1512.

From the CDC website: examples of persons with weakened immune systems include those with HIV/AIDS; cancer and transplant patients who are taking certain immunosuppressive drugs; and those with inherited diseases that affect the immune system (e.g., congenital agammaglobulinemia, congenital IgA deficiency). The risk of developing severe disease may differ depending on each person’s degree of immune suppression. Following all the recommendations in this fact sheet can be a great personal burden, so consult with your healthcare provider to determine whether your medical condition makes it advisable to follow all of these recommendations.

Where can I find resources for teaching on line

Online Resources:

VLIT website: Main page https://dacc.nmsu.edu/vlit/

VLIT is taking appointment and can help online or over the phone
email vlit@nmsu.edu to requests an appointment or phone call

Canvas Student Training Registration: https://dacc.nmsu.edu/vlit/student-resources/

DACC Faculty Canvas Online Training: https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestOfferingDetails?offeringId=dowbt000000000003363 (Click Launch)

NMSU workshops ONLINE: https://learning.nmsu.edu/upcoming-workshops/

Zoom: New account: https://learning.nmsu.edu/zoom-at-nmsu/

Already have an account: https://nmsu.zoom.us/

FREE Microsoft office: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/products/office/default.aspx

Are courses extended by a week in May?

No. Finals week is still the week of May 11.

Will the Library and Computer Classrooms be open to me?

In light of the skeletal staffing and the proposed restrictions to public access of our facilities, DACC will be locking all exterior doors to all buildings, on all campuses, Friday, March 20, 2020.  As a result, the library and open computer labs will also be closed during this time.

  • Library hours when class resumes on March 30 office hours will be 8:00am -700 pm Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Friday, and 10:00 – 2 Saturday.
  • Computer lab office hours please check the link below for each DACC Campus. https://dacc.nmsu.edu/computer-labs/

 

Is it ok to travel to domestic cities where coronavirus has been identified? If I do, will I need to self-isolate when I return to campus?

New Mexico State University has created a mandatory travel reporting portal for all students, faculty, and staff who have traveled out of state (domestic) and out of country (international) in the last 14 days.

  • Those questionnaires are reviewed and guidance is provided from NMSU.
  • If travel occurred/occurs internationally (this included Mexico) individual must self-isolate for 14 days and
  • if symptoms develop, call your primary care provider (PCP) or the NM Department of Health at 855-600-3453
  • If you do not have a PCP, call The Aggie Health & Wellness Center at 575-646-1512
Who are essential personnel?

Your unit supervisor is responsible for making the determination based on the approved Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) filed with DACC. If you have questions about your status please contact your direct supervisor for clarification.