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President Minner’s Priorities and Announcements

President Minner’s Weekly Messages: Fall 2021

President’s Coffee and Conversation (Zoom recordings)

President Minner’s Priorities

  • The safety of our students, faculty, staff and campus visitors;
  • The continuation of our core mission: teaching our students;
  • Strive towards the least impact for our students and employees, including regular, on-time payroll.

NEW August 13, 2021

Student Information for Fall 2021 COVID Protocols

Answers to your questions and links to other NMHU resources are all here.


08/20/21

Message from President Minner

After consulting Highlands’ Emergency Operations Center, the three Highlands’ senates and campus leadership, I have made the determination that the semester’s face-to-face classes will resume on their normal schedule Monday, Aug. 23. Of the 783 scheduled classes this semester, 140 are face-to-face.

I understand this decision might be popular with some, unpopular with others.

In making my decision, I considered my three goals I stated at the beginning of the pandemic: ensuring the safety of the Highlands family, the continuation of our core mission of teaching and scholarship, and protecting, as best as we can, our faculty and staff from financial harm.

There are many students who need a face-to-face campus environment to succeed, which speaks directly to my second goal. The coronavirus will likely be with us for the foreseeable future, and as an institution, we must chart a path forward to build on Highlands’ strengths and provide our students the opportunity of a life-changing education.

Adhering to the continuation of our core mission does not negate my first goal: the safety of Highlands’ faculty, students, staff and community. We have implemented many safety measures, exceeding state guidelines, such as mandatory vaccinations or testing for anyone studying or working on Highlands or our centers, mandatory use of face masks inside offices and classrooms, rescheduling face-to-face classes to ensure proper social distancing, and enhanced cleaning efforts. It is the responsibility of each and every member of the campus community to adhere to these administrative mandates along with other measures like frequent hand washing, not coming to work if you feel sick or are showing COVID-like symptoms, and social distancing outside of classrooms and offices.

The Emergency Operations Center continues to monitor cases on campus and in the community. We will continue to communicate any updates with the Highlands community.

The changing nature of the COVID virus and its variants has made the past year and a half challenging. The three goals I established at the beginning of the pandemic are just as relevant today as they were last spring. The Highlands family has made a commendable effort to see us through quickly changing times and, working together, I know we will see us through the current situation.

Sam Minner
President, New Mexico Highlands University


NEW August 12, 2021

Administrative Mandate on Campus COVID Protocols for Fall 2021

Effective: August 13, 2021

Vaccination Requirement
All NMHU faculty, staff, administrators, and students who will be on Highlands’ campus or property, including the NMHU centers, must provide proof of full vaccination no later than August 20, 2021.

Exemptions for vaccination may be permitted for those who cannot receive the vaccination for qualifying disability/medical conditions or religious convictions. The process for requesting an exemption will be provided soon.

The process NMHU will use to verify vaccinations will be provided to all faculty, staff, administrators, and students on or before August 18. After August 20, unvaccinated faculty, staff, administrators, and students must submit an updated COVID test every two weeks to the university with the test having been conducted in the past seven days. Exempted individuals will still need to provide evidence every two weeks that they have tested negative for COVID-19. Any expense as a result of the COVID-19 testing required under this exemption will be the responsibility of the employee or student seeking the exemption; the state of New Mexico has contracted with a test provider that currently will provide tests free of charge and this service may be used.

Mask Guidelines
Effective immediately, NMHU requires that all individuals on campus or at one of the NMHU centers, including vaccinated individuals, wear a mask indoors unless eating, engaged in physical exercise, working alone in an office, or otherwise alone in a private space. Student athletes shall follow all NCAA and RMAC requirements.

This masking mandate is effective immediately.

Social Distancing in The Classroom and On Campus
NMHU is committed to offering a variety of face-to-face classes in the fall semester in a safe fashion. In addition to the new masking requirement, NMHU encourages all faculty and students to practice physical distancing. To promote social distancing, NMHU will be examining any classes with greater than 50% enrollment of their cap and may be spacing out or blocking off the seating in those rooms or moving those classes to a larger room.

On all campus and center spaces, faculty, staff, administrators, and students are encouraged to practice appropriate social distancing.

Daily Symptoms Screening
Effective August 16, 2021, all faculty, staff, administrators, and students will be required to complete a daily symptoms screening if they are planning to come to campus or other NMHU facilities. The screening will be delivered through e-mail and the NMHU portal.

If you are not cleared to come to campus through the screening, do not come to campus. For employees who do not pass the screening, contact your supervisor. For students living on campus, please remain in your room and contact the Emergency Operations Center at EOC@nmhu.edu.

To protect the campus community, any faculty, staff, administrator, or student experiencing symptoms should stay at home and, if appropriate, be tested for COVID.

COVID Reporting Requirements
Any faculty, staff, student, or administrator who tests positive for COVID-19 must immediately inform the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at eoc@nmhu.edu. NMHU follows all CDC, New Mexico Department of Health, and OSHA protocols for positive cases.

Centers
The landlords of the NMHU centers may impose additional COVID restrictions, which will be implemented and communicated to center students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Initiating Reasonable Working Accommodations for Health-related Matters
The position of the university is a safe return to campus for the fall semester. Faculty and staff wishing to request reasonable accommodations for COVID health or safety-related reasons have the following options through Human Resources (HR). Any dean or supervisor receiving such a request must refer the staff or faculty member to HR.

1. Conduct business from the campus of record while adhering to the new NMHU COVID policies.

2. Apply for Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA):  FMLA protects an employee’s job for medical reasons as specified by a certified health care provider and may be used either continuous or intermittently based on one’s situation as applicable for up to 480 hours per year.

3. Enter into a dialogue with HR on the reasonable accommodation process to understand the conditions, concerns, and background surrounding the request.  NMHU may require medical documentation or correspondence from your health care provider regarding the health factors put forward to grant the accommodation.  HR will evaluate and examine the options available based on the interactive dialogue with you and your dean or supervisor to determine if an accommodation is possible and does not place undue hardship on the university in the process.  The ADA Reasonable Accommodation process is not a one-stop process as it involves discussion, documentation, and a collaborative approach to address the request. A combination of FMLA and a reasonable accommodation is permitted, if applicable.

COVID Training
All new students, faculty, staff, administrators, and contractors should take the Covid-19 trainings offered through Brightspace for the upcoming fall semester.


NEW

President Minner’s announcement on safety procedures at NMHU

https://vimeo.com/443506632




2021

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
September 9, 2021 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/_P_1VjLt_dzXfYCWwntPwEE356PsZwScs21Et2G34Qg-jMu_cH49eITnF-W0vjAB.8rVx3Ga0k-JexK1l

2020

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
September 09, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/aBUQId0XuvNzihCwNBWXrd1aWJTRINnUHEffzsI_zLy1VVOdOUL1fl-ZhCsGev04.d1mQrt30dXXj_OXC

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
April 1, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/qdoUJbiNMminrF413q_JUUlmTLpgai0TzB4KM2ZiY-Y5WdsBa8NlEOr0K_g5RqxB.WUCRzSvHoSiOe0tq

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
Mar. 4, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/t_roLWrr2gnvT7ISq_w41aWrqNmkr6nkC5o-jv737DmwU9at-umujirK6xCRM8XP.o8aa0PZFwaQahFSX

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
Feb. 4, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/GCZMIcc-JTAks0BWJZFUIyYVWlCRHjfvHVpVuylFhcxX5NQR8cKHDZ_Aj0-bZEaO.jG7e5q3aFmb-C17m

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
Dec. 3, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/yNejsjDsZSBr6OyRMupWvzM2IJVRF6iJeiyrz4cUtPLUEj9GIE1Usd5NVvYrAhZa.d9Z4Qa-_7n78ihtq

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
Nov. 5, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording: https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/C6V9aEpW171Oii1k8C41qUNyiwoVyRMiDxbpxL4odEVLcvZhuUIDuCPpnrOtNaux.2A7nfgkVMYQIM8-g

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
Oct. 1, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording: https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/fVe8IyhI0rHhphwG2bTZJiSLbeOjjwssK2-TNJj0SVZskPfVySaI3GutJHIbw9L7.CkR-4X_g6DkkhmB_

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
Sept. 3, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording: https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/bKsey9uq726l-kJ87nzcg4uSDrDqpJ92aff38FiVO6KfCdDiKgCkZT-qj59XNRP6.xQ4Xf4-1vuXUdwFg

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
July 31, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:  https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/puErEon0-V1JUNaQsBHiWJMaMJ3Deaa81nNP_qILnhyrq3dCYwWYezJVXRx0zN2s

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
July 23, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording: https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/_cxzDbPX9WBLHp3N6E-YfawuE6q0X6a81iMbrvJYmE7KaFRNFon8EQey5J3G5oYF

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
July 16, 2020 10 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/-5xkdJrv63pOQM_X-HDOVZ4bRajZaaa81XNLr_MFxBzfq1P5wV-U8bvTBYJhTCMZ

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
July 9, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/7vZpKZyv1jxJf4nn1kDWf4E6JrXXaaa81nMc8_sFz0xDDozlg3cz26jFltQv24wo

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
July 2, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/7sBTLODxymlIcKPmwlP1doEGPdj8aaa8hnJP86IKyxxUX7jKhjk5TvFjzzktc9pX

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
June 24, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/vuVuPrj9rUhISInH73nTRb4FQ4bUaaa803JK__oKnkpb64maCQg3xYdKeCMXOdzf

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation:
June 18 coffee cancelled.
President Minner did not hold his weekly update Thursday, June 18 since he was attending the legislative special session in Santa Fe.

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
June 11, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/28xPEJup7HtIR5XJzhHaUKcxPq3Peaa81CYe-voIyUggWPPnIrLMu8ywiDC-IoGZ

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
June 4, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/zNJyKZrc0mFLe9bB8xvEU5wAL468X6a81HRK-PQLnR0dyzt6OSZX9fJkWZKneyiY

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
May 28, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/4N5eKLDrz3pIU7Pg8VjQX4QDEb25X6a82idL_vELnhoX0vr8nPVaW8Eve4yEIlga

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
May 21, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/u-VQf7rS63JJH6Pm7h7BRYsgJ8P8eaa81iVN8_MEnk-NgyVjtN52NbOtqHO7X8ZZ

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
May 14, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/2Mp-AaPN3UlLUJXRwhvgUZIYGMfneaa8gSIWrKdZzUbqYGOPJ4hm0VB1Fi4V9kPB

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
May 8, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/1fVFIpby2WdOWoXy6R3DfZx4Pb7eaaa823Ae_KAEn0__6dBi5U85LGO2E0FAS8WN

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
May 1, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/tel1D4DZ_W9OWKPt0njfWbN6QNu6X6a81CkY_aEJnk6mjMHYUTmXsIkfLMRf4zHZ

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
Apr 23, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/58xMMJzr1G1IXJHk1VrtZf84Jtnfeaa81nRM8vRezU_8tmmMExstmLEmEyZKmpKz

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
Apr 16, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/6pNHBY7d8kJOY9Lg41GDSpQvB47dX6a81HUYrqJZy0uJCOnqXwXYC9a8CWH9HBOq

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
Roxanne GonzalesApr 14, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/2P1cF4juyVxOfJ30sRndev8rIKjdX6a8hCkf_fYFnx5FwqAF008vfDqM_JsEYf1_

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
Apr 9, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/psckK53MqEhOG53WxkzYc5YZNaLreaa82idKrKEPnUoWrOiqUEZvyekbKBbVN4uL

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
Apr 7, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/xPBNALGu8UJJTtLr7h_ncPILLKrpX6a80SBP_PQEyUwfGWaPZxA1nE4TZQ9iVXy4

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
Apr 2, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom Meeting Recording:
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/29R4CI_Jq0pLeNLvwl3Cap4EAd3beaa8hCQY_PsLyyB-mMXt-S7IhuNfDruXn-M

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
Mar 31, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom meeting recording
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/4eEtMajx22ROfKvXyWbUSvMYPpWmaaa8hHBK-aZen0nMTyWWZ8KNpCt9zloei2Sj

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
March 26, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom meeting recording
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/3Zx8Iaz2rmNLcLOTzlH7WfcDLLnIX6a81SMeq_ENxRya3KK1hdrNqQ4KKCJ2boZX

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
Roxanne Gonzales
March 24, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom meeting recording
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/2vEoKKD99UNIQqPj51rOC5YdP4v9aaa80yIZ8vZYyEdFJHOUUEz81pFvIm8sUN_Q

President’s Cowboy Coffee & Conversation
March 19, 2020 11 a.m.
Zoom meeting recording
https://nmhu.zoom.us/rec/share/vpR2JOus-XpJT9Ln0H3-CrcGHZbeaaa8hyRNr6cNyoIO6iCl75vqh8m_wwIZq1c