Safety at the NMSU Albuquerque Center

The Albuquerque Center offers students and employees in central New Mexico a quick way to get services from NMSU without having to travel to one of the other campuses.  The Center is housed in leased space at the CNM Montoya campus.  Below is safety information related to this campus:


Report safety concerns to: 

     Michael Vaughn, Senior Program Manager – (575) 646-0347 or (505) 889-9883


Emergency Notifications:

The Albuquerque Center Senior Program Manager or the NMSU Chief of Police (or designee) will evaluate the immediately available information when confirming whether an emergency or dangerous situation exists that may necessitate sending an Emergency Notification. This may include calls for help, personal observations, reports from other public safety personnel, sights, sounds, and crowd behavior, along with his/her prior knowledge and training. The Senior Program Manager or the Chief of Police (or designee) are responsible for making the determination that an emergency situation is “confirmed”. The number of people responsible for making this determination is kept very small in order to ensure rapid decision making and action, and to avoid unnecessary delay that could be caused by the need to consult others prior to issuing an emergency alert.

Emergency Notifications are generally sent using the NMSU Emergency Notification System (ENS). Participation in the ENS is mandatory for all students and employees at NMSU, with the official NMSU e-mail being the default notification. In order to receive text messages and phone calls, the student or employee must register the appropriate contact information and select the Albuquerque Center location by going to

In addition to, or in lieu of, the ENS activation, the Senior Program Manager (or designee) may utilize other means of notifying people in the immediate vicinity of a localized emergency. This may include establishing a perimeter to keep people away, making announcements on a public address system, and activating a building alarm. This type of localized notification may be made if the Senior Program Manager (or designee) determines there is no danger to others outside the scene of the emergency, someone cannot inadvertently become exposed to the emergency, and those inside the emergency can be properly notified and directed with the alternate means of communication. If an evacuation of the building/facility is needed due to an emergency, the procedures described above for an Emergency Notification apply.

The NMSU Police Department has asked the Albuquerque Police Department to notify NMSU authorities of incidents that may warrant warnings to the NMSU Albuquerque Center community. However, this is not a guarantee they will do so in every incident, nor in a timely manner. As a result, anyone believing an alert or warning is needed in a particular instance should contact the NMSU Police Department. In addition, NMSU does not monitor criminal reports taken by the Albuquerque Police Department outside of collecting statistical data for this report. (NOTE: You can sign up for emergency alerts from CNM at the CNM Alert link, NMSU cannot guarantee the accuracy or reliability of these alerts, and provides this link merely as a convenience.)


Safety Programs:

All of the crime prevention and safety programs offered by the NMSU Police Department can be requested for the Albuquerque Center campus.  If you are interested in having one offered, just contact the Senior Program Manager, above.


Tips to Prevent Crime:

The following are some things each person can do to reduce chances of becoming a victim of a crime:

  • Mark or engrave all valuables (including textbooks), and keep a record of these in a safe place.  Include their make, model, and serial numbers whenever possible. A good way to do this is by taking photographs of the items and the serial numbers and storing them both on your cell phone and in the cloud so they can be easily retrieved if needed. 
  • Lock the doors and windows to your office and your vehicle every time you leave.  Do not leave valuables where they can be easily seen by someone passing by, even if it is just for a few minutes.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and of any strangers near you.  If you are going to be involved in activities where you are unable to focus on your environment and what is going on around you (e.g., when playing games on a smart phone), do so with friends so you can help each other watch for dangerous situations.  If someone is acting suspiciously near you, move away toward large groups and well-lit areas.  If the person follows you and/or continues to act in a suspicious manner, consider challenging them or call 911 for assistance.
  • Don’t leave valuables unattended in unlocked lockers, study areas, or classrooms.
  • If you observe possible safety issues at the Albuquerque Center, notify the Senior Program Manager so they can be addressed with the CNM Montoya Campus facilities staff.
  • Alcohol and drug use can reduce your ability to recognize a dangerous situation and your ability to defend yourself.  If you are going to drink alcohol, do it legally, responsibly, in a safe place, and with people you can trust.
  • If you ride a bicycle, follow the specific tips for Bicycle Security.