Although much has changed this year due to the success of the vaccination rollout, anticipating what the fall semester may look like is still a stab in the dark. Learn about COVID-19 mitigation strategies colleges and universities are using to keep students safe as they return to campus.
Communicating campus evacuation plans is never straightforward for colleges and universities. Personal safety apps can store evacuation plans, provide directories for emergency contacts and help locate staff or students who have no arrived at an evacuation station.
There are still multiple unknowns about how the fall semester will pan out in the country’s colleges and universities. Will student vaccinations be mandated? Will the option exist to take classes remotely? Will it be necessary to wear a mask on-campus? Or in class? What other COVID-mitigation measures will be implemented?
The Rave Panic Button is a smartphone app that replaces physical and often inaccessible wall-mounted panic buttons. Get answers to the 7 most common questions about the app and how it integrates with 9-1-1 emergency responders and public safety.
The issue of whether or not it is okay to ask students about their vaccination status is still fluid. Several states still have legislation under consideration, and the uncertainty of whether a college or university will be able to enforce a full vaccination policy has resulted in many putting their policy announcements on hold.
Campus culture is an integral part of student life. Not only can it be a great deal of fun, but also a powerful source of communal socialization through which students are exposed to peer and societal norms that help them better understand different cultures, become more open-minded, and develop mutual respect.
How Massachusetts New Campus Safety Act Could Revolutionize How Sexual Violence against Students Is Reported
In January 2021, Massachusetts’ Governor Charlie Baker signed the state’s new Campus Safety Act into law. The Act addresses sexual violence on college and university campuses and includes measures to prevent, report, and respond to sexual assaults and other forms of sexual violence.
Although mental health programs in colleges have been found to reduce violence on campuses, very few colleges have the resources to develop and maintain adequate mental health programs.
Even with vaccination efforts ramping up, COVID-19 remains a major concern for K–12 schools, colleges and universities. Safety concerns that were priorities before COVID-19, such as student mental health and physical health, are still major concerns.
In-person learning has resumed in school districts across the country, but questions about the upcoming academic year are beginning to surface. What will school look like next year? What are the major safety concerns? What actions can be done to alleviate and resolve them?