Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Important Announcement

Monday, August 9, 2021, 4 pm (MST): View the IAIA Fall 2021 Semester Reopening Plan.

This page includes up-to-date information about the Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as it relates to the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA).

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Messages from IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation) in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

NM.GOV

Information from the State’s official website for COVID-19.

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Links are available to the IAIA community and include stand-alone access to Canvas, Email, EMPOWER, Facilities reservations, and more.

Resources

Here is a listing of resources for the general public, and more specifically, IAIA Students. Resources will continue to be added as new pertinent sources become available.

COVID-19 Testing Dates

COVID-19 testing takes place in the Health Clinic, located in the CLE Building. Registration must be completed prior to the test at www.doineedacovid19test.com. After the registration process is completed, you will be notified via email with a voucher ID number, which must be printed and brought to your test appointment. This test is much less invasive than prior COVID-19 tests administered on campus. Each individual will conduct a self-swab test while healthcare workers observe the process.

For questions, please contact Dean of Students Nena Martinez Anaya at [email protected].

DateTimeLocation
Friday, August 62–4 pmCLE Health Clinic
Monday, August 91–3 pmCLE Health Clinic
Monday, August 1612–2 pmCLE Health Clinic
Tuesday, August 241–3 pmCLE Health Clinic
Wednesday, September 11–3 pmCLE Health Clinic
Tuesday, September 71–3 pmCLE Health Clinic
Monday, September 131–3 pmCLE Health Clinic
Thursday, September 231–3 pmCLE Health Clinic
Wednesday, September 291–3 pmCLE Health Clinic
Tuesday, October 51–3 pmCLE Health Clinic
Monday, October 111–3 pmCLE Health Clinic
Thursday, October 2112–4 pmCLE Health Clinic
Wednesday, October 2712–4 pmCLE Health Clinic
Tuesday, November 212–4 pmCLE Health Clinic
Monday, November 812–4 pmCLE Health Clinic
Thursday, November 1812–4 pmCLE Health Clinic
Monday, November 2212–4 pmCLE Health Clinic
Tuesday, November 3012–4 pmCLE Health Clinic
Wednesday, December 812–4 pmCLE Health Clinic

I Tested Positive for COVID-19 or I Have Been Exposed. What Do I Do?

If you feel that you may have been exposed to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please reference the following guides.

If you are an IAIA student

Students who have tested positive or believe they have been exposed to the virus are asked to contact Dean of Students Nena Martinez Anaya or Associate Dean JR Romero immediately for guidance. Dean of Students Nena Martinez Anaya at (505) 424-2331 or by email at [email protected] or Associate Dean of Students Leslie “JR” Romero at (505) 424-5704 or by email at [email protected].

  1. Stay Calm. Remove yourself from contact with others immediately and self-quarantine.
  2. Contact Dean of Students Nena Martinez Anaya or Associate Dean of Students Leslie “JR” Romero for guidance.
  3. You will be asked for information on those you were in close contact with, as well as the areas on campus you visited.
  4. Those you have been in close contact with will be contacted and informed of possible exposure to the virus. We will try to keep your identity private if that is your preference, but we cannot guarantee anonymity.
  5. You will be asked to call the New Mexico Department of Health Hotline at 1-855-600-3453 for further assistance.

IAIA standard practice for isolation if you have tested positive

Whether you are fully vaccinated or unvaccinated:

  • You must isolate yourself for 10 days. If at the end of 10 days, you have not developed symptoms, you may return to your regular activities.
  • If you develop symptoms, you must remain in isolation for 10 days from the date those symptoms began. If after 10 days from that point, you have had no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine (Advil, Tylenol, aspirin, etc.), and if other symptoms have not developed or worsened, you may return to your regular activities.

IAIA standard practice for quarantine if you have been exposed to the virus

If you are not fully vaccinated:

  • You must quarantine for 10 days. If at the end of 10 days you have not developed symptoms, you may return to your regular activities. You must continue to monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days from the date of possible exposure.
  • If you develop symptoms, you must remain in isolation for 10 days from the date those symptoms began. If after 10 days from that point, you have had no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine (Advil, Tylenol, aspirin, etc.), and if other symptoms have not developed and current symptoms have improved, you may return to your regular activities.

If you are fully vaccinated:

  • You must quarantine. You may test 5 days after the possible exposure with an administered PCR test (polymerase chain reaction), not a home-administered test. You may return to your regular activities with a negative test result, provided you have not developed symptoms. You must continue to monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days from the date of possible exposure.
  • If you develop symptoms, you must remain in isolation for 10 days from the date those symptoms began. If after 10 days from that point, you have had no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine (Advil, Tylenol, aspirin, etc.), and if other symptoms have not developed and current symptoms have improved, you may return to your regular activities.

Testing positive means a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19. Exposed to the virus means close contact (six feet for at least 15 minutes over a 24 hour period) to someone with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.

Protect yourself and your community—please communicate.

If you are an IAIA Employee

Employees who have tested positive or believe they may have been exposed to the virus are asked to contact Academic Dean Felipe Colón at (505) 424-2354 or by email at [email protected] or Director of Human Resources Todd Spilman at (505) 424-2317 or by email at [email protected].

  1. Stay Calm. Remove yourself from contact with others immediately and self-quarantine.
  2. Contact Academic Dean Felipe Colón or Director of Human Resources Todd Spilman for guidance. (Visit the New Mexico Department of Health isolation instructions or call (855) 600-3453.)
  3. You will be asked for information on those in the IAIA community you were in close contact with, as well as the areas on campus or at the IAIA museum you visited.
  4. Those you have been in close contact with will be informed of possible exposure to the virus. We will try to keep your identity private if that is your preference, but we cannot guarantee anonymity.
  5. A positive case will be reported to the New Mexico Environment Department.

IAIA standard practice for isolation if you have tested positive

Whether you are fully vaccinated or unvaccinated:

  • You must isolate for 10 days. If at the end of 10 days, you have not developed symptoms, you may return to your regular activities.
  • If you develop symptoms, you must remain in isolation for 10 days from the date those symptoms began. If after 10 days from that point, you have had no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine (Advil, Tylenol, aspirin, etc.), and if other symptoms have not developed and current symptoms have improved, you may return to your regular activities.

IAIA standard practice for quarantine if you have been exposed to the virus

If you are not fully vaccinated:

  • You must quarantine for 10 days. If at the end of 10 days you have not developed symptoms, you may return to your regular activities. You must continue to monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days from the date of possible exposure.
  • If you develop symptoms, you must remain in isolation for 10 days from the date those symptoms began. If after 10 days from that point, you have had no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine (Advil, Tylenol, aspirin, etc.), and if other symptoms have not developed and current symptoms have improved, you may return to your regular activities.

If you are fully vaccinated:

  • You must quarantine. You may test 5 days after the possible exposure with an administered PCR test (polymerase chain reaction), not a home-administered test. You may return to your regular activities with a negative test result, provided you have not developed symptoms. You must continue to monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days from the date of possible exposure.
  • If you develop symptoms, you must remain in isolation for 10 days from the date those symptoms began. If after 10 days from that point, you have had no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine (Advil, Tylenol, aspirin, etc.), and if other symptoms have not developed and current symptoms have improved, you may return to your regular activities.

Testing positive means a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19. Exposed to the virus means close contact (six feet for at least 15 minutes over a 24 hour period) to someone with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19.

Protect yourself and your community—please communicate.

COVID-19 Action Plan for Positive Test Case

Specific plans for someone testing positive for COVID-19 and who to notify in event of illness.

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

  • Faculty and staff members who have tested positive are asked to call Human Resources for guidance.
  • Students who have tested positive are asked to contact Dean of Students Nena Martinez Anaya at (505) 424-2331 or by email at [email protected] immediately for guidance.
  • Off-Campus Contractors who have a staff member test positive are asked to notify the Director of Facilities.
  • Bon Appétit Food Service is asked to notify Dean of Students Nena Martinez Anaya if a member of their staff tests positive.
  • IAIA President and Communications Director should be notified if an IAIA employee or student tests positive.

New Mexico State

IAIA Employees or Students are asked to call New Mexico Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline at (855) 600-3453

IAIA Housing

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will need to isolate for 10 days and monitor their symptoms. If after 10 days symptoms improve and no fever is detected for at least 24 hours (without the use of a fever-reducing medicine) isolation may be ended.

IAIA staff will be available to assist students who develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. Where possible, those who test positive should arrange to complete their self-isolation at a permanent residence. If not possible, IAIA will coordinate an appropriate location for self-isolation. Students requiring more extensive medical care will be treated as appropriate by medical professionals. In order to assist students better and give them the necessary support, students should contact Associate Dean of Students Leslie “JR” Romero at (505) 424-2380.

IAIA Student Living in Casita

  • Student must be tested and isolate for 10 days
  • IAIA and New Mexico Department of Health will conduct contact tracing
  • IAIA will arrange food deliveries
  • IAIA will arrange mail and package deliveries

Family Member Living in Casita

  • Entire family must be tested and isolate for 10 days
  • IAIA and New Mexico Department of Health will conduct contact tracing
  • IAIA will arrange food deliveries
  • IAIA will arrange mail and package deliveries

IAIA Student Living in Dorms

  • Student must isolate in their room for 10 days
  • IAIA and New Mexico Department of Health will conduct contact tracing
  • IAIA will arrange food deliveries
  • IAIA will arrange mail and package deliveries

Information for Housing Students (Dorms and Casitas)

What are the prevention protocols that will be used in housing to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Strategies in Place

  • COVID-19 testing for students who live on campus is highly encouraged. IAIA will be testing interested students before classes start. If you are interested in learning more about testing, please visit the IAIA COVID-19 Information web page for more information.
  • Increased common area and bathroom cleaning frequency in compliance with CDC guidelines.
  • Each room, suite, and apartment will receive a disinfectant spray bottle. All students are highly encouraged to use this bottle in their room, as well as use the spray bottles provided in common areas after students are done using the space.
  • Students are expected to follow CDC and public health guidelines, such as washing their hands consistently and maintaining proper physical distancing.
  • Students, faculty, and staff are expected to wear face coverings anywhere on campus when they are outside of their room or apartment. This includes during use of the common areas in the Residence Hall or their apartment.
  • Visitors and guests will not be permitted.

I have a disability. Who should I talk to about accommodations?

Please refer all your accommodation questions or concerns to our ADA Office at [email protected] and visit the Accommodations web page. Housing will work with ADA to make sure your accommodations are met.

What happens if my roommate or someone else living near me gets sick?

Students who develop symptoms will isolate until test results are available. You will be notified only if, through contact tracing done in partnership with our local health department, you have been identified as someone who is at risk and should be monitoring your own symptoms and interactions more carefully. Otherwise, in line with HIPAA requirements and protocols, the information about the health status of other students and community members is confidential unless they chose to share it themselves.

Campus

IAIA Student Attending Class Tests Positive for COVID-19

  • Isolate at home off campus
  • Contact IAIA and New Mexico Department of Health
  • New Mexico Department of Health conducts contact tracing
  • Do not return to campus unless cleared by IAIA

IAIA Faculty Teaching Class Tests Positive for COVID-19

  • Isolate at home off campus
  • Contact IAIA and New Mexico Department of Health
  • New Mexico Department of Health conducts contact tracing
  • Do not return to campus unless cleared by IAIA

IAIA Staff Tests Positive for COVID-19

  • Isolate at home off campus
  • Contact IAIA and New Mexico Department of Health
  • New Mexico Department of Health conducts contact tracing
  • Do not return to campus unless cleared by IAIA

Contractor Tests Positive for COVID-19

  • Isolate at home off campus
  • Contact IAIA and New Mexico Department of Health
  • New Mexico Department of Health conducts contact tracing
  • Do not return to campus unless cleared by IAIA
  • Contractors include Bon Appétit, Facilities Housekeepers, Security, and Facilities Contractors

Visitors

  • Visitors are not allowed on campus

Isolation

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be isolated in designated areas on campus for 10 days. These students will remain in isolation until cleared by the Dean of Students. Food will be delivered to their rooms, and online flexible instruction will be available.

Quarantine

Students who have been in close contact with a positive case will be required to quarantine for 14 days and track symptoms. Quarantined students will be tested for COVID-19. These students will remain in quarantine until cleared by a negative test result or have completed 14 days and have no fever without the use of a fever reducing medicine. Meals will be delivered to the room, and online flexible instruction will be available.

COVID-Safe and IAIA In-Person Policy

IAIA will follow the New Mexico State COVID-Safe Practices for employees working on campus including but not restricted to the following:
a.IAIA will transmit a daily, self-screening email to employees. Employees will be required to confirm they are not experiencing the following COVID-19 symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell. They will also be required to confirm that they have not been within six feet of a person who has a lab-confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus within the past 10 days and that they are not symptomatic. Coming to work will be considered confirmation. Employees experiencing symptoms will not be allowed to come to work and will be directed to obtain testing before returning to campus.
b.IAIA will require employees working on campus (or in the museum) to wear face coverings. Coverings are to be worn at all times when in the presence of others. Employees can provide their own coverings or IAIA will provide them.
c.Social distancing and maintaining a distance from others of no less than six feet is required at all times.
d.In-person meetings of more than four people will not be permitted. In addition, in-person meetings of any size will not be allowed in which at least six feet of social distancing space between individuals is not possible.
Federal CARES Act and HEERF Information
  • The Institute of American Indian Arts signed and returned the certification agreement with the US Department of Education agreeing to spend no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
  • The Institute of American Indian Arts received a total of $171,260 in funds from the US Department of Education pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. One hundred percent of these funds were issued to students.
  • As of, 4/24/2020, the Institute of American Indian Arts has distributed $171,260 of the Emergency Financial Aid Grant (CARES) to students.
  • The Institute of American Indian Arts estimated 300 students as the total number eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  • The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 266.
  • The criteria IAIA used to determine student eligibility for receiving Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was based on Title IV eligibility, degree seeking and enrollment status. Because 80% of our students are Pell grant eligible, we determined that $700 would be distributed to full-time students (12–18 credits); $525 would be distributed to ¾ time enrollment (9 credits); $350 would be distributed to ½ time (6 credits); and $175 for less than half-time students (3 credits). We followed the guidelines and did not award the funds to distance-only; undocumented or international students and used our internal funds to assist those students with the same enrollment criteria as they also had disruption regarding the closure of the campus due to COVID-19.

See the following HEERF reports.

About the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) offers undergraduate degrees in Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Cinematic Arts and Technology, Indigenous Liberal Studies, Museum Studies, and Performing Arts—an MFA in Creative Writing, along with certificates in Business and Entrepreneurship, Museum Studies, and Native American Art History. IAIA is the only college in the nation dedicated to the study of contemporary Native arts. The school serves 517 full time equivalent (FTE) Native and non-Native American college students from across the globe. IAIA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

For over 50 years, IAIA has played a key role in the direction and shape of Native expression. With an Internationally-acclaimed college, museum, and tribal support resource through our Land Grant programs, IAIA is dedicated to the study and advancement of Native arts and cultures, and committed to student achievement and the preservation and progress of their communities.
The program’s goal is to graduate strong writers with a choice of career paths, who can make a difference in their field through their writing and for the betterment of their communities.

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