Student FAQ

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, Friday, March 20, 2020.  As a result, the library and open computer labs will also be closed during this time.

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/

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.

What events have been cancelled?

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.

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.

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.

Are courses extended by a week in May?

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

What dates will class resume?

Classes resume on March 30, 2020.

Should I cancel meetings and/or events?

Until further notice, student gatherings on campus will be limited to less than 10 participants.

  • Non-NMSU students (community members) will NOT be allowed to join in-person meetings on campus, nor should any participants who have traveled from other states or countries (via commercial carriers).
  • Future campus, community meetings, activities, or events involving 10 individuals or more will be reviewed on a case by case basis and will be restricted to DACC students, faculty or staff.
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/

 

Are my classes now online? And if so will my classes be online through the end of the semester or will we come back to the classroom?
  • Yes, Classes will be online through the end of the semester.
  • Students will be accessing courses through Canvas – online. 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 this Spring 2020 semester.
  • Students need to be prepared to access all classes online.
  • Classes where online instruction is not feasible, such as labs and Career–Technical Courses (CTE), your instructors will be contacting you with more information.
  • DACC is making every effort to complete courses by the end of the semester. This means that instructors are adjusting syllabi and courses to complete the full course in the remaining 8 weeks.  Yes, you are working to complete 9 weeks of work into 8 weeks.
  • You should expect at least 4 basic functions from your online course:
    • Maintaining communication with your instructor
    • Receiving or being able to access content
    • Providing a method for students to submit work – and
    • to receive information regarding your course progress.
  • For more information check the link below. https://dacc.nmsu.edu/covid19/nmsu-announces-two-week-spring-break-for-students-beginning-monday-march-16/
Will the semester be extended to make up for the extra week off?

DACC is making every effort to complete the course by the end of the semester.  This means that instructors are adjusting syllabi and courses to complete the full course in the remaining 8 weeks.  Yes, you are working to complete 9 weeks of work into 8 weeks

My professor says my assignment is still due today, even though we are now on Spring break. What should I do?

Please contact the Vice President for Academic Affairs at 527-7521 cnyarko@dacc.nmsu.edu.

How will my Financial Aid be affected?

The change in dates will not affect financial aid disbursements. Financial Aid will continue to disburse funds although students are not in classes.

Will there be paid leave available for employees that do not accrue paid leave (students, temps, etc.)?

We are waiting to get further clarification on recent federal bill H.R. 6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

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
Is there help or resources for me when I return from Spring Break on March 30? How do I get help with my online courses when I return from Spring Break?

There are several sources to help with your Canvas and online courses. Make sure to contact your instructor. The instructors will be adjusting their syllabi and should have instruction on how to proceed with your course online.

If you need assistance with here are some sources:

As a result of NMSU going online or working remotely to stem the Coronavirus spread, access to Adobe Creative Cloud in labs and classrooms is limited. Adobe has provided temporary at-home access for impacted students, faculty, and staff, so that they can continue to do their work remotely. The temporary access begins today and will last until May 31st.  Please follow the instructions below to enable access to Creative Cloud Desktop Apps on your personal device.

  1. Visit https://creativecloud.adobe.com and use your NMSU username and password  to sign in.

 

 

  1. If prompted, select Company or School Account and then enter your password an provide your credentials in the NMSU login screen.

 

  1. From the Creative Cloud website, browse for and download your desired app. Click Apps on the top of the page to view all apps.

 

For more information on how to download or install apps, see Download and Install Creative Cloud apps.

 

  • educators and school leaders seeking to engage students during campus closures, Adobe has curated resources to help them discover inspiring projects, best practices, and new ideas so they can continue to drive valuable learning in virtual environments. For more information on Adobe’s distance learning resources please click here.

 

  • If you have an questions or issues please contact the helpdesk at help@nmsu.edu.  Please continue to visit the NMSU Coronavirus page for new information https://nmsu.edu/coronavirus/ .  We will soon have student technology resource page available.