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Vaccine Mandate & Limited Remote Work Exemptions

Announcement Date: 
Monday, August 16, 2021 - 11:00

From SVP Rodriguez to Deans & Dept. Chairs on 8/16/2021:

The University of New Mexico will return to in-person operations and instruction for the Fall 2021 semester because the connectivity and common experiences afforded by campus presence are essential for building, strengthening, and maintaining a robust and inclusive university. In-person engagement is part of a vibrant campus experience that fosters discovery and education. Therefore, faculty remote working exemption requests should be extremely rare.

The following guidance is issued to clarify the previously announced vaccine mandate limited remote working exemption. Faculty members seeking approval for the remote working vaccine mandate exemption must meet the following criteria:

  • Previously approved remote work agreement between a faculty member and their department chair,
  • Live outside of New Mexico, and
  • Formerly scheduled for Fall 2021semester to teach only approved UNM-online (asynchronous remote) classes appearing in the schedule as “on-line max”.


Department chairs and deans, by approving a request, certify that the faculty member is working entirely off-campus and will not come on to campus for any reason.