College of Arts & Sciences COVID-19
Spring 2020 Resources

This site is intended to be a resource for students as the university migrates to online courses for the remainder of the spring semester. If you have further questions that cannot be answered by the department representative, please reach out to Amanda Barrier (abarrier@nmsu.edu) or submit your question using this online form. Click here for an online best practices video.
You can do this, Aggies!

Please click here for the Spring 2020 Guide to Student Services.
For more information, head over to The Dean of Students webpage.

Academic Advising

You may schedule an appointment for academic advising by visiting their website here: https://advising.nmsu.edu. They are available to meet via Chat/Messaging or Virtual Online Appointment or Phone Call. Contact information is: (575) 646-2941 email: advising@nmsu.edu.

Aggie Health and Wellness

The Health and Wellness Center is open for online Tele-health. You can call in to be evaluated and/or schedule an appointment. Pharmacy is by appointment. Contact information is: (575) 646-1512 email: campus_health@nmsu.edu.

Canvas FAQ

NMSU has created a FAQ for students not familiar with Canvas. It can be viewed here. Please note, it is not recommended that you use Edge internet browser with Canvas. The increased security settings in Edge cause problems when used with Canvas. You will be unable to submit assignments. We recommend that you the latest version of either Chrome or Firefox.

Canvas Notifications

If you are not receiving Canvas notifications via NMSU email, they may have been automatically routed to the Clutter folder. See “Canvas Notifications going to Clutter in NMSU email” from the FAQ list on the left to learn how to turn off the Clutter folder in mail.

Food Insecurity

If you or someone you know is facing food insecurity at this time, Aggie Cupboard will be open for distribution with limited hours: Thursdays ONLY 3pm-6pm. Contact information is: (575) 646-7636 email: aggiecupboard@nmsu.edu.

Additionally food banks in Las Cruces and El Paso are also open with limited hours for more information for Las Cruces you may go here: https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/nm-las_cruces and for El Paso you may go here: https://elpasoansfightinghunger.org

Grading

1. The last day to withdraw from a single full term class with a “W” (no refund) has been extended to Friday, April 17th.

2. The entire NMSU system has adopted a revised policy for grade mode changes for full-term and MS2 classes for Spring 2020. Please review the guidelines below, if you would like to change your courses grading policy, click herefor a step-by-step guide.

– If, after consultation with their instructors, academic advisers, and financial aid advisers, students decide an S/U grade is the best option for them, they will be able to change their grade mode on any course except Thesis and Dissertation sections, which have their own pass/fail type grading mechanisms. S/U grading does not have any effect on a student’s GPA calculation, but will still allow the classes to count toward degree and financial aid requirements.

– This choice will be available to all NMSU students through May 6, 2020, because a grade mode change option should be exercised thoughtfully after students have time to consider all options and determine whether they can be successful in online coursework.

– Students should NOT select the “Audit” option in the drop down menu, as the students will not receive class or financial aid credit for audited classes.

Graduate Comprehensives and Defenses

The Graduate School is requesting that all students work closely with their advisor/chair in making decisions related to comprehensive/oral exams, dissertation defense or any other oral defense related to degree completion. The Graduate School will work with advisors and students regarding these decisions and possible timelines once these meetings have occurred with your advisors. An announcement will soon be made with new deadlines due to the current circumstances regarding exam forms and oral defenses.

  • Zoom
    • Currently, ICT is working on getting faculty and administrators’ access to Zoom. In the meantime, the Graduate School has access to the Zoom account and is happy to schedule your Zoom meeting, so that you will be able to meet with your student(s) for your meetings from your computer. Please email Luis A. Vázquez to schedule a Zoom meeting through the graduate school.
  • Teams
    • The other method is using TEAMS, which is good for as many as 4-5 people. Below are the steps to use teams from a browser.1. Log into my.nmsu.edu and click on the email widget in the left hand column (a short cut is to log directly into mail.nmsu.edu)

      2. In the upper left hand corner you will see a grid of 9 dots in the maroon area. Click that and a list of applications will be display, click Teams (purple)

      3. Once the Teams browser window is open click chat to go to the chat window.

      4. Next, click the add people icon in the far right corner and enter names or username accounts to add those persons you with to chat with.

      5. At this point you can have a text chatting experience with the participants, use the purple arrow at the end of the text box to send.

      6. If you wish to add video to the mix, everyone will have to have a camera on their computer, click the video camera icon in the upper right corner.

      7. If you need to share your screen there will be a bar in the middle of the video window that has a number of options including screen share, giving control of you computer etc. To allow someone else to control you screen you will have to grant permission when they ask

      8. There is auto closed caption that is supposed to able to be turned on from the more icon from the video chat bar, but I was unable to find it. If you have the need you may have to google it.

Introduction to Canvas

NMSU utilizes Canvas for its primary distance/online course delivery. Canvas can be reachedhere.

Resources on how to use Canvas can be found at:

SPSS

For departments where students need access to SPSS, please have the students email software@nmsu.edu and they will provide download information which will be active until the end of June (students should indicate in the email whether they are running Windows or MacOs).

Tutoring

Campus Tutoring Services is offering individual and group tutoring through the Zoom application staring Monday, March 30, 2020. Tutoring is conducted by College Reading and Learning Association Peer Tutors who provide tutoring in 195 courses. NMSU students may schedule an online appointment by visiting the Campus Tutoring Services website.

Tutoring days and hours are as follows:
Monday-Thursday 10:00 am-9:00 pm
Friday 12:00-5:00 pm
Sunday 12:00-8:00 pm

The Math Department is offering tutoring services for student via Zoom. Tutors are available from 8:00 AM – 9:00 each day. If you would like to access the tutoring page, please click here.

University Resources

Wireless Internet

For information on discounted wireless internet services, please click here

For students who reside in Native Communities, information of wireless internet locations can be found here.

The NMSU College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is offering free WiFi access for students through its many Cooperative Extension Offices and Agricultural Experiment Stations throughout the state. Rural students who need access to a WiFi network for classes may visit CES and AES locations in their counties to access the WiFi signal on their devices from the parking lot while using recommended social distancing practices. Most locations already have WiFi access up and running, and more are expected to be online soon. The guest password for the network at each location is Aggies#1.

Devices that have already been registered on an NMSU campus should be able to connect to the network. Devices that haven’t previously been connected on campus will need to be registered at https://netreg.nmsu.edu/. For assistance with registering a device or accessing the WiFi network, contact aces_help@nmsu.edu or call 575-646-3305.

Extension/ASC Offices with Wi-Fi available:
• Bernalillo County Extension Service, 1510 Menaul Ext. Blvd NW, Albuquerque
• Chaves County Extension Service, 200 E. Chisum, Door #4, Roswell
• Cibola County Extension Service, 515 W. High St., Grants
• De Baca County Extension Service, 905 N. 1st Street, Fort Sumner
• Eddy County Extension Service, 1304 W. Stevens , Carlsbad
• Grant County Extension Service, 2610 N. Silver St., Grant County Office Complex, Silver City
• Guadalupe County Extension Service, 244 S. 4th, Suite 110, Santa Rosa
• Lea County Extension Service, 101 B South Commercial, Lovington
• Lincoln County Extension Service, 409 Central, Carrizozo
• McKinley County Extension Service, 5002 W. Hwy 66, Gallup
• Mora County Extension Service, Hwy 518 M.M. 29 #1 Court House Drive, Mora
• Northern District Office, 4001 Office Court, Suite 308, Santa Fe
• Otero County Extension Service, 401 Fairgrounds Road, Alamogordo
• Quay County Extension Service, 216 E Center Street, Terry Turner Building , Tucumcari
• Rio Arriba County Extension Service, Rural Event Center, State Rd. 554, House #122-A, Abiquiu
• Roosevelt County Extension Service, 705 East Lime Street, Portales
• San Juan County Extension Service, 213-A S. Oliver Drive , Aztec
• San Miguel County Extension Service, 20 Gallegos Road, Las Vegas
• Santa Fe County Extension Service, 3229 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe
• Sierra County Extension Service, 2101 S. Broadway, Sierra Conservation Plaza , T or C
• Socorro County Extension Service, 198 Neel Avenue, NW, Socorro
• Alcalde ASC, 371 County Rd. 40, Alcalde
• Artesia ASC, 67 E. Four Dinkus Road, Artesia
• Clayton ASC, 15 NMSU Lane, Clayton
• Clovis ASC, 2346 State Road 288, Clovis
• Farmington ASC, 300 Road 4063, Farmington
• Los Lunas ASC, 1036 Miller St. SW, Los Lunas
• Tucumcari ASC, 6502 Quay Road AM 5, Tucumcari