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Use this database to find COVID-19 programs from colleges and universities across the country.

This compendium, developed in partnership with CDC, is a database of campus programs, policies, and strategies that reduce the spread of COVID-19. These examples may help inform mitigation plans on your own campus and inform the response to future infectious disease outbreak. Entries to the compendium are added on a rolling basis. For more results, leave more fields set at “any.” To narrow results, select from the fields below to limit your search.

The compendium is not meant to be prescriptive or be considered as guidance. Rather, it provides information on existing efforts implemented by campuses 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 the effectiveness of these approaches has not yet been established.

This database was created as part of the ACHA and CDC Higher Education COVID-19 Community of Practice (HECCOP) project, which is now part of the the Campus COVID-19 Vaccination and Mitigation Initiative (CoVAC).

Notice to Users

The approaches and examples listed in the compendium were implemented by organizations outside of CDC and ACHA and without CDC or ACHA funding; these examples are provided for illustrative purposes and therefore do not constitute a CDC or federal government activity or endorsement. CDC and ACHA have not independently evaluated the effectiveness of these approaches or examples.

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COVID Kits for Scotties

Agnes Scott College

Decatur, GA

Program Summary

All residential and commuter students (when requested) will receive a COVID Kit that includes a mask, gloves, hand sanitizer, thermometer, and contactless door opener.

COVID-19 Digital Signage Toolkit

Elizabethtown College

Elizabethtown, PA

Program Summary

The most accessible way to provide unity and consistency of messaging was to offer our campus community a user-friendly digital toolkit on our College website, etown.edu.

Outdoor Debate Watch Party

Fort Lewis College

Durango, CO

Program Summary

Outdoor debate party where students watched the presidential debates outdoors in a physically distanced manner. We had a large screen with sound and snacks available for all students who came to watch.

Campus Reopening Plan

Fort Valley State University

Fort Valley, GA

Program Summary

Since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fort Valley State University has closely monitored the public health reports, the progression of the disease and its potential impact on the health, safety and continuing viability of our institution. With millions of employees and many universities across the country working on similar strategies in a variety of settings, our response to COVID-19 is informed and guided by developing best practices and continuing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and public health agencies, and the
University System of Georgia.

In May 2020, Dr. Paul Jones, president of FVSU, appointed eight workgroups to address the reopening of campus for in-person instruction in fall 2020.

Condensed Semester Schedule

Fort Valley State University

Fort Valley, GA

Program Summary

Adjusted their academic calendar for Fall 2020 to a condensed schedule to end classes by Thanksgiving.

COVID-19 Communication

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT

Program Summary

Clear, frequent, and transparent communications were key to ensuring compliance to public health protocols. At the start of the semester, the university created a COVID-19 hub and dashboard in a central location on the university’s homepage. The dashboard is updated daily with clear and easy to understand language and color-coded metrics.

Vaccination Strategy

San Carlos Apache College

San Carlos, AZ

Program Summary

Successes

The San Carlos Apache College success stories are nothing short of amazing! As soon as the San Carlos Apache Tribal Healthcare Corporation reached out to us in the last week of the year 2020 and invited all educators to get vaccinated: the entire on-site staff voluntarily received vaccinations. 100% of on-campus staff was fully vaccinated by late January 2021. Many of our staff who work only remotely were also fully vaccinated.

We have continued to remain vigilant and share CDC statistics, updates, alerts, and vaccination information with our students and staff during this unprecedented crisis. We have accomplished this by using social media (Twitter, Facebook), our main website, bulk emails, posters, flyers, and word of mouth.

SCAC willingly shared face masks and hand sanitizer with all of our staff, students who visited the campus, vendors, contractors, and even people from the community who passed our doors.

The College rigorously conducted temperature screenings of our staff and anyone who entered our lobby. We incorporated this into a cloud-based sign-in form which subsequently generated a permanent record of who was here, when they were here, who screened them, and temperature screening results. Our sign-in and tracking form included the CDC COVID-19 questions for screening and no one was permitted entry without successfully passing this process.



Lessons

We learned how important it is to engage people firmly but with patience and respect in order to enforce the usage of social distancing, PPE, and mandatory screening procedures.

All of the cleaning and sanitization practices this pandemic warranted has taught us all the importance of better ventilation and air quality needs to fortify our working environments to keep us better protected during the pandemic and beyond.

The support and patience students have needed have been incredible and dynamic. I think we all (all colleges and universities) learned how to be proactive about providing the best possible support during this crisis.

One of the biggest lessons to learn from this COVID-19 Pandemic is just how critical it is to follow official updates, information, and recommendations in order to share the best information with our students, staff, and the community at large.
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Contact Tracing

State Of Massachusetts

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Program Summary

Massachusetts Department of Public Health has dedicated contract tracing resources just for the college population.

Program Summary

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) has awarded more than $300,000 to Native Public Media and to KTSU-FM, a public radio station licensed to a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), to coordinate COVID-19 public outreach campaigns to 51 public radio stations serving Native and Black communities. The campaigns, airing on 36 tribal stations and 15 stations licensed to HBCUs, will provide trusted, life-saving information to populations that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic

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Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, GA

Program Summary

For our grant funded program, we completed a series of activities that were largely used to provide social norming campaigns, increase open and regular conversations around science, encourages CDC guideline following actions and to encourage vaccinations.

Vaccine Incentives

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

Program Summary

Vaccine Incentives - Kansas State University purchased 300 - $10 gift cards to the KSU Union to distribute to students who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Cardinals Care Pledge

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

Program Summary

We view social responsibility as our collective and individual obligation to behave and act in ways that are in the best interest of others in our communities and our society. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rise to the occasion by being responsible for ourselves and each other during these unprecedented times.

We are asking all members of the Ball State community to take the Cardinals Care Pledge to care for themselves, other Cardinals, and our campus and community.

Program Summary

This program recruited peers (Student Health Ambassadors) to create covid-19 safety content that will be helpful for students when they congregate for events and or meetings. The Student Health Ambassadors used the Student Health Ambassador Toolkit, Lesson Plan, and Communication guide as resources to create a facilitation guide that focused on what covid-29 is, myth vs. facts, mental health impact, tips to host events and meetings safely, and included campus and community resources. The facilitation guide can be used by the peer wellness ambassadors and student groups.

Being Community

Luther College

Decorah, IA

Program Summary

Policies related to:
Testing and Monitoring
Face Coverings
Alert Levels

Public Health Liaisons

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

Pomona, CA

Program Summary

The Public Health Liaisons are a team of student employees within Campus Health & Wellbeing who support a safe, informed, and positive Cal Poly campus community through an in-person peer-to-peer education and outreach model for COVID-19 prevention and response.

The Public Health Liaisons are stationed at high-traffic areas around campus, including at asymptomatic testing sites, and hand out free face coverings and mini hand sanitizers. Public Health Liaisons also will serve as resource referrals while role modeling safe COVID-19 practices.

While the Public Health Liaisons will promote healthy habits and remind students of their shared community responsibility, they will remain focused on positive reinforcement, not policy enforcement.

Paired Antigen and PCR Testing

North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

Greensboro, NC

Program Summary

When university students, faculty or staff are being tested for COVID-19 because they have symptoms, or have been identified as at risk from exposure, a testing strategy different from that of surveillance with polymerase chain reaction(PCR) molecular testing is necessary for adequate mitigation of transmission. Being able to isolate a person immediately after a positive rapid antigen (BinaxNow) effectively ends their risk of further transmission.

COVID Daily Symptom Screening

Community College of Denver CCD Office of Student Life

Denver, CO

Program Summary

The Denver Department of Public Health requires anyone going to the Community College of Denver (CCD) campus to report their temperature and complete a COVID Check-in Form. CCD set up a system where students take their temperature either at home or at on-campus check-in stations, and then they submit their result online to receive access to campus.

Condensed Semester Schedule

Slippery Rock University

Slippery Rock, PA

Program Summary

Slippery Rock University removed fall break in 2020 and spring break in 2021 to finish each semester a week earlier and to reduce travel to and from campus around students breaks, especially related to students residing in on-campus housing.

Protect the Pack

Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

Carbondale, IL

Program Summary

In coordination with Student Affairs Protect the Pack program, Student Health Services offered 300 gift cards to be used at the SIUC student center if they participated in the vaccine clinics offered on campus. The gift cards were purchased using funds received through the CoVac Mini grant. A marketing campaign was used to inform students of the many incentives being awarded for getting vaccinated. COVID educational information was provided to students at these vaccination clinics.

Our Stories

Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

Carbondale, IL

Program Summary

SIUC strengthened it's approach to community building using "Our Stories" to promote strength and connectedness during the pandemic.SIU recognized the hardships COVID 19 brought to the campus and surrounding communities and worked on several projects to help improve the local community. These projects highlighted the Saluki (our mascot) spirit through "stories" that were brought together and located on a single webpage.