Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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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A message from IAIA President Dr. Robert Martin (Cherokee Nation) regarding COVID-19.

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The Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was first identified in December 2019. In March 2020, cases have been identified in the New Mexico.

Portal

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.

I May Have Been Exposed to COVID-19. Who Do I Call?

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 may have been exposed to the virus are asked to immediately call Interim Dean of Students Paul Moore at (505) 424-5704 or by email at pmoore@iaia.edu or the Housing Director JR Romero at (505) 424-5704 or by email at leslie.romero@iaia.edu.

  1. Stay Calm. Remove yourself from contact with others immediately and self-quarantine.
  2. Contact Paul Moore or JR Romero for guidance.
  3. If you have tested positive (lab-confirmed) for COVID-19, we will inform the New Mexico Environment Department. They will advise us on actions to take and they may send their Rapid Response Team to campus to assist. We will ask you to contact the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH). The NMDOH will conduct contact tracing.
  4. If you were on campus and agreed to share your information, you will be asked for information about those you were in close contact with on campus (as well as the areas you visited) so IAIA can take immediate action.
  5. We will notify people on campus you have been in close contact with to inform them of possible exposure to COVID-19. We will refrain from releasing your identity unless you give us permission.
  6. We will take the necessary actions to keep the campus safe by closing classes or areas, implementing stringent cleaning, disinfection protocols, and moving students into quarantine.

Please Note: The actions of the NMDOH, New Mexico Environment Department, and IAIA may differ for each case depending on the situation and information available.

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 immediately call Director of Human Resources Todd Spilman at (505) 424-2317 or by email at todd.spilman@iaia.edu or the Senior Human Resources Assistant to the CFO Elizabeth Lucero at (505) 424-2329 or by email at elizabeth.lucero@iaia.edu.

  1. Stay Calm. Remove yourself from contact with others immediately and self-quarantine.
  2. Contact Todd Spilman or Elizabeth Lucero for guidance.
  3. You will be asked for information on those you were in close contact with at IAIA as well as the areas on campus or at the IAIA museum you visited.
  4. We will notify people on campus or the museum you have been in close contact with to inform them of possible exposure to the virus. We will refrain from releasing your identity unless you give us permission, but we cannot guarantee anonymity.
  5. You will be asked to call the New Mexico Department of Health Hotline for further assistance.

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. (Revision August 4, 2020)

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 call Interim Dean of Students Paul Moore or Housing Director “JR” Leslie Romero immediately for guidance.
  • Off-Campus Contractors who have a staff member test positive are asked to notify Director of Facilities Peter Romero.
  • Bon Appétit Food Service is asked to notify Interim Dean of Students Paul Moore if a member of their staff tests positive.
  • IAIA President and Marketing and Communications Director should be notified if an IAIA employee or student tests positive.

New Mexico State

New Mexico Environment Department (within 4 hours of receiving notice of a positive test).
 See reporting requirements at Reporting workplace COVID-19 cases to NMED: What You Need to Know and send a report to nmenv-osha@state.nm.us.

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 Housing Director “JR” Leslie 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 ada@iaia.edu 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 Dean of Student Life. 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-19 Stay Safe Student Pledge

In this extraordinary time of a pandemic, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) community including students, faculty, and staff pledges to be responsible for ourselves and each other.

As we reopen this semester, on a limited and conditional basis, we pledge to embrace new pandemic specific rules and protocols on our campus. To do so, all members of the IAIA community are expected to take an active role in promoting and practicing the new rules and protocols and abiding by all health and safety directives. We will do our part to keep ourselves, our peers, our colleagues and all IAIA community members safe.

I pledge to keep myself and community safe by agreeing to the following terms:

  • To follow all health instructions*
  • To monitor my health on a daily basis for symptoms of COVID-19 including but not limited to:
    • Fever and or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath and or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle and or body aches
    • Headache
    • Loss of taste and or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion and or runny nose
    • Nausea and or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • To notify Interim Dean of Students immediately if I have any COVID-19 symptoms, suspect that I may have been exposed to COVID-19 or know that I have contracted COVID-19 (Contact Interim Dean of Students Paul Moore at pmore@iaia.edu or (505) 424-5704)
  • To stay off campus or remain quarantined in my assigned on-campus student housing if I have any COVID-19 symptoms, suspect that I may have been exposed to COVID-19, or know that I have contracted COVID-19 (Pending further instructions from the Interim Dean of Students)
  • To wear a mask at all compulsory times, on and off campus
  • To maintaining at least six feet distance between myself and others at all times, both on and off campus
  • To follow distancing guidelines, signs, and instructions provided by the IAIA staff responsible for any campus space I am in
  • To wash my hands regularly and thoroughly
  • To participate in IAIA COVID-19 campus testing when available
  • To fully and honestly participate in contact tracing
  • To limit my off-campus movements to essential outings and when doing so to follow the state of New Mexico COVID-19 Public Health guidelines
  • To refrain from any and all non-essential off campus gatherings, especially those where more than five people may be present
  • To remain in the State of New Mexico and if I leave the state, to quarantine for a minimum of 14 days after returning
  • To not allow and invite visitors or guests to campus, except those authorized to work or reside on campus
  • To not allow additional friends, colleagues, peers, etc., into classroom or instructional areas unless they are in the class taking place at that time, or otherwise authorized to be there by the staff responsible for that space
  • To follow the studio use policy:
    • Sign up for studio appointments
    • Only enter studios during assigned appointments
    • Only those with studio appointments allowed in studios

By agreeing to all of these terms I acknowledge my pledge to the health and safety of the IAIA Community and understand that violations of this pledge may result in immediate consequences including but not limited to:

  • Removal from face-to-face classes
  • Removal from campus housing
  • Requirement to quarantine for no less that 14 days on and off campus, at discretion of IAIA Administration

View and sign the IAIA COVID-19 Stay Safe Student Pledge form.

This pledge reflects the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New Mexico Public Health Department, the City of Santa Fe, the IAIA Safety Committee and the IAIA Administration. As guidance changes, this pledge will be updated and by signing you agree to abide by future updates which you will be made aware of by email to your IAIA address. Signing the IAIA COVID-19 Stay Safe Student Pledge and abiding by its requirements are conditions of residence and in-person/ hybrid course enrollment and are required of students who choose to reside on campus or register for any face-to-face course during the Fall 2020 semester.

*We recognize that some community members with disabilities, in order to live and learn safely, may need to modify some aspects of this pledge. Community members who believe they may not be able to adhere to these protocols for disability related reasons should contact the IAIA ADA Office at adaoffice@iaia.edu.

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 COVID-19 virus in the past 14 days. 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.
e.Employees or students returning from out of state must quarantine for 14 days with no symptoms before coming to the IAIA Campus or Museum.
For more information, see NM State COVID-Safe Practice for all Employers.
Federal CARES Act 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.

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.