Administrators say they are especially concerned with compliance in residence halls and enforcing sanctions equitably

Higher-ed leaders worry students won’t social distance


Administrators say they are especially concerned with social distancing compliance in residence halls and enforcing sanctions equitably

A majority of college and university administrators participating in a recent survey said one of their top concerns is getting students to abide by social distancing recommendations.

Education firm EAB released findings from a recent survey of nearly 70 college and university leaders about their plans to promote social distancing on campus in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 this fall.

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Higher-ed administrators expressed widespread concern about whether students, especially undergraduates, would social distance. To encourage compliance, leaders said they plan to rely primarily on positive reinforcement. Many are still considering how they will discipline students who do not comply and how to ensure consequences are enforced equitably.

Administrators’ top three concerns all focused on student compliance, surpassing fears related to funding cost or time to prepare.

Laura Ascione