Campus & Community Resources

Academic Resources

Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS)

Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS) is a free-of-charge educational assistance program available to UNM students enrolled in undergraduate classes (numbered 100-399). The tutors at CAPS are UNM upper-division undergraduates and graduate students.

Location: 3rd floor of Zimmerman Library at the top of the stairs.

The Graduate Resource Center (GRC)

The Graduate Resource Center (GRC) offers individual appointments for discussing and receiving feedback on writing and research projects. The Graduate Resource Center (GRC) offers a wide array of free academic support services to all graduate and professional students at the University of New Mexico.

Location: Mesa Vista Hall, Suite 1057

Graduate Teaching Academy

Graduate Teaching Academy offered by Graduate Studies and the Center for Teaching and Learning. The Graduate Teaching Academy offers a Certificate for all UNM graduate students who are teaching (or planning to teach) college courses. Those who complete Academy training will receive a non-transcripted certificate in college teaching, which will enhance their CVs and improve their chances of placement as faculty and lecturers at colleges and universities.

Contact Dr. Aeron Haynie for more information (

UNM Libraries

The UNM Libraries offers students access to multiple resources at a number of university locations.

In addition to providing access to research materials, the University Libraries provide consultation services, research help, and workshops. Make an individual appointment with (or email) your subject librarian to learn about the tools and resources you need to successfully conduct academic library research in your discipline. Subject librarians have expertise in a field and are here to help you with everything from literature reviews to identifying data sets to using scholar productivity tools like Zotero. The Library also has a Research Data Services (RDS) that provides a wide variety of services in support of effective research data planning, management, preservation, discovery and use. The Library also offers workshops on a variety of research topics (often in conjunction with the Graduate Resource Center) - see the Library’s website and/or the GRC website for event listings and provides a walk-up Help Desk in each of its branches.

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Academic Issues

Academic Success

  • Failure to maintain full-time enrollment may result in deportation from the U.S. and inability to complete your program, so PLEASE plan your schedule carefully before you register for classes. You do not want to find yourself in a situation where your only choices are to fail a class or to drop below full-time and have to leave the program for immigration reasons!
  • In order to succeed, you must understand what is expected of you. To do this, you must maintain open communication with your advisors and instructors and constantly verify that you are on the right track! Do not rely only on what your friends tell you.


Classroom Expectations and Academic Standards

  • Assignments: Students are responsible for knowing the classroom work schedule and assignment deadlines. Each course will have a syllabus given at the beginning of the semester that outlines assignments and expectations. You are expected to keep up with readings and assignments throughout the year. Students are also expected to keep up with class information by reading emails, accessing reserved readings, websites, etc.
  • Classroom conduct: Regular attendance is expected. Participation is usually required and part of the grade. The teacher may cover material in class that is not in the text and may give hints about what will be in the exam.
  • Writing papers: Students are expected to write a concise and direct argument.
  • Grading and evaluation: Expectations and evaluation methods are usually explained on the syllabus. Tests, quizzes and assignments are frequent and will count toward your final grade. Students are often expected to think creatively on tests, not just memorize.


Relationships: Probably very different from your home country!

Student to student: Maybe more or less competitive than your home country

Academic advisor: Helps plan your program of study; he/she can consult with you about academic problems and goals

Teaching/Graduate assistants (TA/GAs): May teach the whole class or may just help the professor

Professors: Often expect to communicate directly with students. Professors have office hours for seeing students and answering questions. Always inform your professor of problems/difficulties so that they know your situation. DO NOT WAIT!


Plagiarism is taking credit for someone else's work whether deliberately or unintentionally. This includes but is not limited to turning in all or part of an essay written by someone other than yourself (a friend, an Internet source, etc.) and claiming it as your own, and including information or ideas from research material without citing the source. The University of New Mexico considers plagiarism a serious form of academic dishonesty. Avoid plagiarism by carefully and correctly citing your sources whenever you use someone else's words, equations, graphics, or ideas.

Appropriately citing sources brings deserved credit to the work of other writers, indicates the level and quality of research conducted, provides a scientific foundation for scholarship, builds solidarity in the academic community, and facilitates the reader's ability to validate claims and pursue independent learning.

Plagiarism is considered Academic Dishonesty at the University of New Mexico. For more information on student and campus policies visit The Pathfinder – UNM Student Handbook.


Consequences of Plagiarism

Plagiarism is concerned with Academic Dishonesty at the University of New Mexico. The following procedure will be followed when a student is suspected to have plagiarized.

  • The instructor will notify the student verbally and in writing that there is concern regarding plagiarism.
  • If it is determined that plagiarism occurred, consequences may include a lowered grade, failure of the assignment, or failure of the course.
  • A student may even be expelled from the university if the plagiarism is grave enough. 


Examples of Plagiarism

The following are considered examples of plagiarism but are not inclusive.

  • The submission of efforts of others as your own personal or group work in either clinical or classroom assignments such as history and physicals, examinations, tutorials.
  • Use of direct quotations without the use of quotation marks and referencing of the source of the quotation.
  • Incorrect paraphrasing information without proper citation of the source.
  • Failure to provide adequate citations for material used.
  • The purchase of a scholarly paper or any other academic product from the Internet or any other commercial sources and submitting it as your own work.
  • Downloading work from the Internet and submitting it without citation.
  • Directly copying and pasting from any source, electronic or written, into any academic assignment without explicit citation of the original source.
  • Submission of a work product from a previous course for credit in a current course without direct permission of the instructor.
  • Inappropriate and unattributed use of the cut/paste function in electronic medical record documentation of clinical care.


These are guidelines to follow in order to maintain the campus and personal safety while in the US and Albuquerque. While Albuquerque is a relatively safe city to live in, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and to take the following safety precautions.

Emergencies: In an emergency, call 911. If you are on campus, there are also blue emergency phones. Make sure you know the locations of emergency centers near you, as well as which hospital is your insurance policy's preferred provider and where it is located. Always carry your health insurance card in your wallet. (Do not call an ambulance if it is not an emergency as it may be very costly.) 

Campus Safety: While the UNM campus is fairly safe, it is in an urban setting, and you should be mindful of safety. Avoid walking alone on campus after dark, especially if you are a woman. Always ask a classmate or friend to walk with you to your bike, car, apartment or dormitory. You can also take advantage of the UNM Escort Service (505.277.2241) offered by Campus Police. If you ever feel threatened, find one of the blue emergency phones located throughout campus and push the button to contact Campus Police. The phones are for emergencies only. To access UNM Campus Safety Tips, click here.

UNM Lobo Alerts: LoboAlerts is the University's emergency text messaging system. As one piece of the multi-faceted, campus notification system, LoboAlerts provides safety and weather alerts, and notification of events that have the potential to threaten the University's ability to conduct regular activities.

UNM Security Escort Service: The UNM Police department offers escort services to anyone needing an escort from an on-campus location to another on-campus location 24 hours, 7 days a week. We do not give off-campus escorts. Call 277-2241 for more information.

Crime Stoppers: Anyone who has witnessed or has information about a crime should call State Crime Stoppers at 505-843-STOP (505-843-7867).

Personal Safety: It will take you some time to become familiar with what constitutes a safe or unsafe environment in Albuquerque and the US. Always be aware of your surroundings and who is around you and walk with confidence. Always keep your bags and personal belongings with you and secure to avoid theft. If you meet someone and would like to meet them again, do not give out your address. Plan to meet with them again in a safe, public location until you get to know them better. If you have children, give them a "code word" that only someone familiar to you/them will know. UNM offers Personal Defense Classes through the Physical Education (Non-Professional) Department.


Sexual Assault is a growing concern for many international students, the following video EXPLAINS Sexual Assault, the important concept of consent in the US, how you can prevent an assault from happening, and what to do if one does occur. For confidential reporting of sexual assault or to learn more about addressing sexual misconduct, consult the Lobo Respect Advocacy Center.

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Registration Restrictions


What are registration Restrictions?

A registration restriction is any event that prohibits you from registering for a class in your LoboWeb. This includes closed courses, courses requiring pre‐requisites, courses requiring departmental permission, courses with time conflicts, academic or financial holds, and other circumstances that prevent registration.


How can I register for a course that has a registration restriction BEFORE the add/drop deadline?

To seek permission to register for a restricted course BEFORE the add/drop deadline you must go to the instructor or department and request that the instructor/department provide you with an override to register for the course. The instructor/department will approve an override in the database. If you have a registration hold, you have to go to the department that placed the hold to find out what you need to do before you can register. When the restriction is resolved, you can then go into your LoboWeb and register for the course as normal.


Where can I find the different registration deadlines?

For key registration deadline dates please go to the Office of the Registrar website. Click on "Semester Deadline Dates" on the left-hand side of the main page and choose the current semester.



How can I register for a course that has a registration restriction AFTER the add/drop deadline?

To seek permission to register for a restricted course AFTER the add/drop deadline, you must print out an Enrollment Authorization Form from the Office of the Registrar website.

You must take this form to the instructor or department and request that the instructor/department provide you with an override to register for the course. If the instructor/department agrees to allow you into the class, s/he will sign Enrollment Authorization Form.

You will also need a signature from the Dean of the college in which the course is located. The instructor/department will approve an override in the database.

However, you will NOT be able to register for the course in your LoboWeb. You must take the completed Enrollment Authorization Form and a state-issued photo ID (passport, license, etc.) to the One-Stop Center and they will register you for the class. Note: You will be charged late fees if you add a class after the registration deadline. 


How do I drop a course BEFORE the add/drop deadline?

To drop a course BEFORE the add/drop deadline you can simply go into your LoboWeb and drop the course from your registration. No paperwork is required, and you will receive a full refund for the course.


How do I drop a course AFTER the add/drop deadline?

To drop a course AFTER the add/drop deadline, you can continue to simply drop a course from your registration via LoboWeb without the Dean's permission until the Drop without Permission Deadline. However, you will not receive a full refund for the cost of the course. After the deadline, you will need to seek a Dean's permission to drop a course. You must print out an Enrollment Authorization Form from the Office of the Registrar website: You must take this form to the course instructor and seek permission to drop the course. If the instructor agrees to drop you from the course you will also need to obtain a signature from the Dean of the school in which the class is located. You will then take the Enrollment Authorization Form to the One-Stop Center and they will drop the class from your registration record.

Find registration deadlines located under “Semester Deadline Dates.”

Student Organizations

When we say “College is more than going to class” we mean it. There are over 400 Chartered Student Organizations for you to choose from when it comes to getting UNMInvolved. Chartered Student Organizations are groups that are officially recognized by the University of New Mexico. These student orgs are an opportunity for growth and leadership in a student-driven environment with the support of the university. There are 13 different categories that these groups identify with. Try the keyword search in our Student Organization List, you might be surprised to find how close your hobbies and academic interests are bundled into these dynamic groups.

Lobo Life

The Lobo Life is every experience a Lobo can have beyond being a student, that makes being a student at the University of New Mexico so special. This is for the wild animal in every Lobo. This is for those who want to make the most of their four years here. The Lobo Life was founded to create a place to showcase all of the experiences that bring us together while pushing us out of our comfort zones. It’s a community for those who love the outdoors, who live for culture, those who seek out the best new food around town, and those who live for the dance floor, and every Lobo.