Updated March 17, 2020
As the University is preparing to limit operations for the health and safety of students, employees and the public, we must begin by identifying our functional operating tiers. As indicated in the President’s last message, effective Tuesday, March 17 through April 5, UNM campuses will begin operating in a limited capacity which includes identifying essential functions focused on supporting student welfare and academic success, as well as critical research and service functions.
Ultimately, the goal is to reduce the number of employees physically present on UNM campuses by leveraging telecommuting and scaling back services. However, the UNM is not closing, there will be a student presence on campus, and some instruction will continue physically on campus.
Under UNM’s limited operations model, supervisors and employees are working together to identify the appropriate Tier by work function. The Tiers are defined as follows:
DEFINITIONS OF FUNCTIONAL OPERATING TIERS
The following definitions apply specifically to the limited operations status of UNM for all campuses in relation to the COVID-19 state of public health emergency, declared by the State of New Mexico.
Tier 1: Present at University, working.
Expectation is to work normal hours from your normal campus location or in coverage of critical customer service areas where Tier 3 employees have been removed from campus.
Tier 2: Not present at University, working remotely.
Expectation is to work normal hours from a remote location, such as from home but may be required to come to a physical UNM location for specific activities.
Tier 3: Not present at University, not working, remain available to come to campus if needed.
Employees determined to provide functions nonessential during a state public health emergency will not be required to report to work but will be paid at their normal rate and FTE. These employees must remain on standby and available to report to work if notified.
Since all employees (such as students, temp and on-call) are either working or in a stand-by status they will continue to be compensated based on time and pay they are typically scheduled to receive. Supervisors with appropriate approvals will have discretion to allow a combination of any of the Tiers with a mix of physical presence and telecommuting. For example, an employee might perform most of their work from home (Tier 2) but come physically to the university for specific activities (Tier 1).