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Graduate Studies Response to Coronavirus

Please note the following information regarding Graduate Studies operations, policies, and guidelines as a result of the coronavirus:

  • Graduate Studies will be open remotely. Please contact staff by email.
  • Graduate Studies is extending the Spring 2020 deadline for degree requirement submission to April 30, 2020. 
  • Graduate Students are advised to continue their scholarship and research during the extended limited operations period. 
  • Meetings, discussions, exams, and defenses may be done by video conferencing by agreement between graduate student and major faculty advisor.
  • Graduate Studies urges all faculty to be particularly responsive, creative, and flexible in seeing their students to completion. For further guidelines, click here.
    • With labs being closed, this is an extraordinarily challenging time.  Graduate programs should encourage their thesis/dissertation committees to work with students to develop alternatives to analyzing what might not be a complete dataset.
  • Current assistantships remain unchanged. Teaching Assistants are advised to prepare to teach remotely in coordination with their program or department directives. Check with the chair of the department for further instruction. Research Assistants should continue research, although sometimes using alternative methods as advised by their departments.
  • Please note the Faculty Senate Resolution endorsing a grade change option to CR/NC for coursework this semester.  While graduate schools across the country are making similar accommodations, we remind our students to consider potential consequences to the CR/NC option outside of UNM, especially if you think you might try to transfer the credit to another institution in the future. Please consult with your major faculty advisor, graduate advisor, or graduate director on the CR/NC option and its possible implications beyond UNM. 
  • Continue to check this page and UNM's official coronavirus page for the most recent information.