Behavioral Change Approaches to Promote COVID-19 Mitigation Behaviors Among Students

Examples from Institutions of Higher Education

Created in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This catalogue (compendium) provides examples of behavioral change approaches implemented in 2020–2021 by institutions of higher education (IHEs) in the United States, promoting everyday strategies that reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, such as mask wearing, proper hand washing and use of hand sanitizer, social and physical distancing, staying home when sick, and avoiding close contact with those outside your household.

This document is not meant to be prescriptive or be considered as guidance. Rather, this document provides information on existing efforts implemented by IHEs and is not intended to be an endorsement of any one approach. Organizations have different needs and operate in different contexts, influencing which approaches are the best fit; also, the evidence base for approaches implemented by IHEs to promote COVID-19 mitigation behaviors among students remains limited. This catalogue of approaches that IHEs have used can help inform your mitigation plans.

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ACHA is working to turn this document into a searchable online directory and is asking for IHEs to submit their programs and policies for inclusion in the directory. Tell us about the approaches that your campus has been successful in using to reduce transmission by filling out this form.


This compendium is part of a new ACHA project, the Higher Education COVID-19 Community of Practice (HECCOP), which is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Cooperative Agreement, CDC-RFA-CK20-2003.