News and Updates

New Guidelines on Reopening Campus in Fall 2021

See ACHA's Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education for the Fall Semester 2021 [pdf](posted May 25, 2021)

Pulse Survey Report: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

May 13, 2021
ACHA’s COVID-19 Task Force conducted a pulse survey between April 19 and April 23, 2021, to ascertain information related to COVID-19 vaccination policies for academic year 2021-2022. Schools were asked about the decision-making process and whether guidance from ACHA might be helpful in that process, as well as issues of concern regarding vaccination requirements.

ACHA Recommends COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for All On-Campus College Students in Fall 2021

April 29, 2021
Where state law and available resources allow, ACHA recommends COVID-19 vaccination requirements for all on-campus college and university students for fall semester 2021. Read more.

Interim Guidance for COVID-19 Vaccination: Don't Delay the First Dose

April 21, 2021
ACHA urges college students to schedule their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible and not to delay initiation until they reach their summer destination. Read more

Upcoming Webinars

EQUITY SERIES SESSION 2: Building Trust and Confidence for the Long Term: How to Design Campus COVID-19 Mitigation and Vaccination Strategies That Address the Needs of Marginalized Communities
Friday, July 9, at 3:00 pm ET
Part of the ACHA Higher Education COVID-19 Community of Practice (HECCOP) and Campus COVID-19 Vaccine (CoVAC) Equity Series
Join us as we discuss how campus personnel can leverage inclusive and expansive evidence-based practices to inform equitable mitigation and vaccination strategies. Topics to be covered include how to incorporate listening session results into campus mitigation and vaccination strategies; how to build trust and confidence by developing communications and practices, policies, and protocols that respond to the needs and experiences of marginalized communities; and how to partner with trusted community members to deliver credible messaging.

ACHA Resources

ACHA COVID-19 Guidelines and Briefs

 

Checklists for Reopening Campus Medical Services Operations and Mental Health Service Operations

The ACHA COVID-19 Task Force has created two documents to assist with reopening operations, one specific to reopening medical services, and one to reopening mental health services. These resources were developed as a companion to the ACHA Guidelines: Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era, and are intended to assist directors and staff in assessing their readiness and preparation for reopening as well as serve as a guidepost for reinstituting and modifying services in the changed world of COVID-19.

The Impact of COVID-19 on College Student Well-Being

ACHA, in collaboration with the Healthy Minds Network, developed a new set of survey items related to students’ experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic. The new items focused on students’ attitudes, concerns, preventive behaviors, and their perceived supportiveness of colleges and universities related to COVID-19. View a brief data report which presents results from 18,764 students on 14 campuses that participated in the surveys from late March through May 2020.

ACHA Survey Reports on Health Centers' Pandemic Operating Status and Response

ACHA's COVID-19 Task Force has been developing and administering surveys to collect critical data to assist in the study of the COVID-19 pandemic event. The results included in several of these reports, "The COVID-19 Pandemic's Effect on Campus Health Services," represent a snapshot of the college health services' operating status and response at the time the surveys were conducted, while others included lessons learned:

Weekly Update from COVID-19 Task Force

 

Archived Webinars, Q&As, and Events

HECCOP and CoVAC Webinars and Events

See current and archived webinars here

Webinars, Workshops, and Q&As

 

Let's Talk Campus Vaccines: Routine, COVID-19, and Everything in Between

Recorded March 5, 2021. Hosted by American College Health Foundation with support from GlaxoSmithKline.
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ACHF Webinar: Case Studies: Best Practices in Sexual Health Promotion and Clinical Care in the COVID-19 Era

Recorded November 13, 2020. Sponsored by ACHF with support from Hologic.
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ACHA COVID-19 Task Force “Ask the Experts”: Creating Support Systems for Students in Isolation and Quarantine

Recorded November 6, 2020
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ACHA COVID-19 Task Force “Ask the Experts”: Contact Tracing, Isolation and Quarantine—Systems for Small, Medium, and Large Colleges and Universities

Recorded October 23, 2020
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ACHA COVID-19 Task Force “Ask the Experts”: SARS-CoV-2 Testing

Recorded October 9, 2020
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CDC  and ACHA COVID-19 Task Force “Ask the Experts”: Wastewater Surveillance

Recorded September 25, 2020 
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ACHF Webinar: (Re)Introducing Best Practices in Sexual Health Promotion and Clinical Care in the COVID-19 Era

Recorded September 25, 2020. Sponsored by ACHF with support from Hologic.
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ACHA Reopening Guidelines Q&A: Focus on Contact Tracing

Recorded May 29, 2020
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ACHA Reopening Guidelines Q&A: Focus on Housing

Recorded May 22, 2020
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Reopening Campus Q&A: A General Overview of the ACHA Guidelines

Recorded May 15, 2020
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Public Health and College Health Working Together: Q&A

Recorded May 1, 2020
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COVID-19 Q&A: Topical Issues

Recorded April 17, 2020
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NFID COVID-19 Update: Preparedness and Response on U.S. College Campuses

Recorded April 15, 2020. Co-hosted by ACHA.
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Mental Health in the COVID-19 Era: Q&A

Recorded April 3, 2020
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Telehealth in the COVID-19 Era: Q&A

Recorded March 27, 2020 
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Update on COVID-19: Q&A

Recorded March 20, 2020 
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ACHA COVID-19 Webinar: Updates, Resources, and Guidelines

Recorded March 18, 2020. Hosted in partnership with Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA), the American College Health Association (ACHA) and the Association of College Unions International (ACUI).
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COVID-19 Virtual Summits

Vaccines

Mass Vaccination Guidance and Resources

The ACHA COVID-19 task force has gathered this list of resources to assist members in planning for mass vaccination clinics. See also this message from ACHA leadership regarding advocacy for SARS-CoV-2 vaccination of college health professionals.

CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Resources

CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Information for Healthcare Professionals and Jurisdictions provides information on:

  • Product Info by US Vaccine
  • Clinical Considerations
  • Provider Requirements and Support
  • Training and Education
  • Recipient Education
  • Planning & Partnerships
  • Vaccination Toolkits
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Reporting Data Systems

At the above link, see the following items which may be especially useful for campuses and campus health centers:

COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit for Medical Centers, Clinics, and Clinicians
This toolkit includes ready-made materials you can use to inform your healthcare teams and other staff.

V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker
V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health checks after someone receives the COVID-19 vaccine. Once registered, the vaccine recipient will receive a daily text reminder to check in and answer survey questions about health. Depending on their answers, someone from CDC may call. V-safe will also remind recipients when to get the follow-up vaccination.

FDA COVID-19 Vaccine Updates and Resources

FDA provides updates and information on vaccines that have received emergency use authorization (EUA). See “COVID-19 Vaccines Authorized for Emergency Use” for more information on common side effects, fact sheets for health care providers administering vaccine, and FAQs for each of the vaccines that have received EUA.

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)

This page provides links to key COVID-19 vaccine resource pages from IAC, CDC, and other partners. 
See also: COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines: What Clinic Personnel Need to Know  

Situation Updates

  • CDC Data Tracker: Find maps and charts tracking cases, deaths, and trends of COVID-19 in the United States, updated daily by 8 pm ET.
  • Statista: Provides retrospective counts of new U.S. cases by date.
  • COVIDView: A weekly surveillance summary of U.S. COVID-19 activity. The report summarizes and interprets key indicators including information related to COVID-19 outpatient visits, emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths, as well as laboratory data.

Information and Resources for Campuses

See also ACHA Resources above.

CDC Considerations for Institutions of Higher Education

This guidance is intended to help administrators of public and private institutions of higher education (IHE) prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students, staff, and faculty. Includes guidance on: 

  • Testing in Institutions of Higher Education
  • Guidance for Student Foreign Travel 

CDC Communication Resources

CDC offers free resources including video, fact sheets, and posters. See this page to access current communication tools and resources available for use and distribution. 

Information for Travelers

 

ACHA Initiatives