Quarantine Procedures

Q: If I have to quarantine for 14 days as an out-of-state student, will I be able to do so in my residence hall? ​
A: Yes, plans are in place to allow out-of-state students to quarantine in their assigned room. Food will be provided, but students are asked to remain in their assigned rooms as much as possible.

While all the details are still being finalized, students will be assigned a check-in appointment time. Residents who are coming from out of state or who have been traveling out of state will be assigned a check-in appointment August 3-5, 2020 to allow for a 14-day quarantine pursuant to the current public health order. Residents from New Mexico will be assigned a check-in appointment August 15-17, 2020.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the extension of the current public health order (at least until July 15th), all persons traveling out-of-state or into New Mexico from another state must quarantine for 14 days upon return or arrival to New Mexico. The quarantine should take place away from campus.  Travel out-of-state is discouraged by the governor.

Q: Will students be required to be tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus?
​A. We cannot make non-students athletes test.  Not at this point, but we recommend they do. Agree highly recommend they test prior to returning. We can also encourage them to test when they arrive, but cannot require this of non-student athletes.

Q: What is the plan if a student tests positive for COVID-19?
There is a tactical plan in place for students/staff/faculty who is physically on campus that tests positive for COVID-19. If a member of the campus community tests positive, there are plans in place to accommodate them in a safe and caring manner in accordance with NM Department of Health guidelines.

Q: What safety measures is Highlands implementing for on-campus students, faculty and staff?
​A: Implementation of numerous safety plans related specifically to students, faculty, residential halls, and specific activities. Training will be provided remotely and is mandatory for anyone who will be on campus.

Q: What is the plan for providing dining hall meals?
A: A variety of meal service options will be available to include grab-and-go as well as a dining hall setup that is in accordance with state of NM guidelines for restaurants.

Q: What is the plan to provide meals for students that are quarantined either upon arrival on campus or quarantined as a result of testing positive for Covid-19?  ​
A: Food services will be provided to students utilizing the quarantine/isolation rooms. Medical care will also be provided as needed through the NMHU Student Clinic. NMHU has a quarantine/isolation tactical plan in place to provide for the care of our students. Food service will also be provided for students who will be self-quarantining upon arrival to campus.

Q: How will quarantine work?
A: Students are required to stay in their assigned rooms except for the following instances: Picking up grab-and-go meals from dining services; shopping for personal needs (prescriptions, personal care items, food, etc.); making health care trips; and similar essential trips. No outside guests will be allowed in residence halls.