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Student Involvement and Leadership Programs

 

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As concerns for COVID-19 grow, we want our community to
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The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Programs offers outside the classroom involvement, an essential complement to the student’s academics. Our program/services are non-academic and are provided directly to the student.

The goal of Student Involvement and Leadership Programs is to promote involvement, interpersonal and leadership development, service learning, and civic responsibility by providing educational/developmental programs and activities to the students, therefore enhancing outside the classroom learning. Leadership and personal growth opportunities are offered through involvement in Student Organizations, Greek Life, and more.

Get involved with your campus!

 

SILP COVID-19 Policies

If any student organization or department has questions about events they want to host, or are considering ideas for events but aren’t sure if they will be approved or how to approach them, PLEASE email us at silp@nmsu.edu.  We are committed to helping groups find ways to successfully do as much as possible, and would love to be a resource for you in determining the best ways to move forward with your ideas within the parameters of the COVID policies.

 

UPDATED: April 14, 2021 | Planning Information for COVID-Yellow Status

With our county in Yellow status, there are some updates to what options are available to event planners. The mass-gathering limit has increased to 10 people, and the Corbett Center Outdoor Stage now has a capacity of 65 people in the squares.

  • Outdoor tabling, Grab and Go events, and Drive-Thru events are all still reliable ways to allow for face to face contact while meeting all campus and Public Health Order expectations.
  • Picnics and other outdoor social events are possible so long as people are socially distanced and avoid groupings of larger than 10. Each person sitting on their own blanket can be a good and informal way to ensure that appropriate distancing is maintained.
  • Activites at the Corbett Outdoor Stage may now be expanded not just to movies and trivia but also to performers. If there is a desire to have a musical performance or other entertainer on the stage, however, there are specific requirements that must be met. Learn more about those here (All Together Now New Mexico, pages 71-72).
  • Individually packaged food items are now allowed at indoor events as well as outdoor events. Depending on the location of the event, there may be vendor restrictions so make sure to ask the space reservation coordinator and plan accordingly.
  • In-Person Commencement Activities are allowed, and planners as long as they meet the guidelines in the attached Commencement Ceremony Memo. If desiring something other than virtual, event planners are encouraged to plan for either a drive-thru event or an in-person event, and avoid attempting a hybrid model.  Learn more about that here
  • ALWAYS wear a mask and practice social distancing at any in person events and whenever on campus.

UPDATED: January 14th, 2021 | Spring Event Memorandum 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the student organization experience will again look different this spring semester, with nearly all student organization activity continuing to shift to outdoors or online. Having seen examples and/or talking with students we are confident that our NMSU student organizations will continue to use this situation as a chance to think creatively and to be a central engagement feature of Aggie life at NMSU.

Planning programs for Spring? With our current COVID restrictions, here are some strategies and types of events we would encourage you to consider: 

Outdoor tabling/Grab and Go

  • Since there is a 5-person gathering limit, tabling or other grab-and-go style options are ideal to allow individuals to still pick up materials or other physical handouts and interact face-to-face, but just in a constantly moving process.
  • It will be important to still follow safe-handling practices for preparing all materials being distributed.
  • If the handouts might produce a crowd, it will be important to have a plan in place to comply with the 5-person gathering limit, tabling or other grab-and-go style options are ideal to allow individuals to pick up materials or other physical handouts and interact face-to-face in a constantly moving process.

Activities at the Outdoor Stage

  • Limit to 2 people per square in the Corbett Outdoor Stage grid, skipping every other square, activities at the outdoor stage can accommodate approximately 50 people.
  • Activities most likely to be approved under current guidelines are movie nights and trivia events.
  • Anything that could be interpreted as a performance (dj event, singers, instructors, etc) will be assessed on a case by case basis.
  • Performances connected to the Academic Mission will be given special reviews.  It is strongly encouraged that organizations and departments looking to program for Spring seek out academic partnerships and consider how their activities can and do connect to the academic mission.

 Drive-Thru Events

  • Handing out items via a drive-thru method is also viable so long as safe-handling practices are followed.
  • It is also strongly encouraged to review and match the guidelines for Curbside Delivery

 Drive-In Events

  • While Drive-In style events are allowed, the attendance cap is currently set at 5 people per vehicle, with a maximum of 10 vehicles.
  • If planning this kind of event, it is strongly encouraged to review and follow the state guidelines for Drive-Ins.

 Suggestions for all event planners: 

  • If the event can be successfully completed virtually, that is still the preferred and safest options.
  • ALWAYS wear a mask and practice social distancing at any in person events and whenever on campus.

 

UPDATED: August 19, 2020 | Most recent updates include:

  • Student organization facility reservations – ARFs are required for all activities.
  • Student organization travel (domestic and international) is not permitted
  • Organization mail and packages should be directed to a member's home address instead of the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership Programs in Corbett or your advisor.
  • ASNMSU Finances - allocations for travel will not be approved until further notice. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the student organization experience will look very different this year, with nearly all student organization activity shifting to outdoors or online. Having seen examples and/or talking with students I am confident that our NMSU student organizations will use this situation as a chance to think creatively and continue to be a central engagement feature of Aggie life. The NMSU Student Organization Rules for Activities & Events were created with the health and safety of our campus community as the foundation of our expectations. Student organization officers are to lead the implementation and foster compliance with these requirements. While outlined here in the context of student organizations, students should note that many of these policies are also applicable to informal gatherings of on-campus residents. This plan is dynamic and reflects the current situation. As we learn more about COVID-19 and local, state, or national conditions change, our plans and procedures will evolve. Changes will be posted online (Department of Student Life) and the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership Programs websites (formerly campus activities). Should you have any specific questions that are not covered in this document please feel free to contact the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership Programs at silp@nmsu.edu or dos@nmsu.edu with questions. 

 


 

Events, Activities, & Meetings

Based on CDC College and university and ACHA guidance, convening in groups carries an increased risk of viral transmission. This information, combined with the extremely limited number of large spaces that allow for indoor physical distancing as well as catering limitations the vast majority of meetings, events, and activities should be held virtually using online collaboration tools (e.g., Zoom, MS Teams, Google Hangouts). All students have free access to Zoom, a collaborative meeting tool supported by NMSU ICT, and the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership Programs will continue to provide information and resources related to online engagement.

Limited in-person events hosted by student organizations will be permitted. For the health and safety of the NMSU community, the following guidelines have been put in place for student organization sponsored events until further notice. Any student organization event, regardless of location, must meet all these directives to be fully aligned with NMSU’s policies and expectations.

On-campus residents will have limited access to campus buildings. Students living off campus during Fall 2020 are not permitted to be in residence halls or apartments as visitors campus unless specifically granted permission by Housing & Residential Life.

Rule Enforcement & Accountability

Maintaining a healthy campus environment is the responsibility of all members of the university community. In addition to individual responsibility, members of the community should foster accountability in the people around them and should address instances of non-compliance directly, if they are comfortable and it is safe to do so. Student Organizations should also adhere to all policies and responsibilites as a chartered organization at the university. The Organizations Rights and Resopnsibilities can be found here. 

Each in-person event must have at least one designated event host who represents the organization and is responsible for ensuring all guidelines are followed. If an attendee refuses to follow established guidance, they should be asked to leave and may be reported for non-compliance.

Alleged violations of these policies by a student or student organization should be reported to the Office of the Dean of Students, dos@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1722.

Potential consequences for failure to abide by these policies may include, but are not limited to warnings, loss of privileges, revocation of university charter and frozen financial accounts.