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Return to campus

Before students, faculty, and administrators start returning to campus, college and university leaders need to define the new normal by creating or revising policies to address a range of critical public health, workplace, instruction and learning environment, housing, dining, and student health service issues.

Social distancing may now be a campus mandate, for example, rather than a suggestion, while lecture halls, student centers, libraries, etc. may have capacity limits, and the checking of student, faculty, and staff temperatures when they arrive each day may be required.

As resources and tools become available, NACUBO will continue to collect and share best practices in keeping our campuses safe.

COVID-19 Checklist on Returning to Campus

This is a compilation of documents of interest to institutions of higher education as they contemplate processes for determining when and how to return to physical activities on their campuses.

Webinar: Response, Recovery, and Reimaginig

Dawn Rhodes, chief business and finance officer and vice president, University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) joins Liz Clark, NACUBO’s vice president for policy and research, for a conversation on how UMB is approaching the transition from responding to the COVID-19 pandemic to recovery.

Dawn, a panelist on NACUBO’s Feb. 27 webcast that explored initial concerns and preparations, in this recording, discusses guiding principles, communications, and balancing the strategic goals of the institution with mitigate liabilities risk management considerations.

Institution Specific Resources

  • Johns Hopkins University's 2020 Planning
  • University of Nevada's phased approach to reopening academic, clinical,and research areas.

Additional Resources

  • Updated guidance from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education
  • CDC guidance on reopening America: CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again
  • Guidance from American College Health Association: Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era.
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce: State-by-state Business Reopening Guidance
  • A guide from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Planning Considerations for Organizations in Reconstituting Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • The American Institute of Architects: Re-Occupancy Assessment (see appendix for helpful diagrams)
  • Legal considerations and best practices from Ropes & Gray: Coronavirus Resource Center

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Liz Clark

Vice President, Policy and Research


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