One of the biggest challenges in reopening campuses is building and encouraging behaviors and habits that will keep students safe as the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the nation.
Research from the Societal Experts Action Network, an activity of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, has produced 15 recommended behaviors and actions that can keep students safe as they resume close-to-normal class attendance on college and university campuses.
The recommendations focus on habit-promoting strategies and communication strategies, and the strategies take several key factors into consideration:
• Many adolescents and young adults are socially driven, with a strong desire for reward and acceptance.
• Identity, agency, and autonomy are centrally important during the college years.
• College students are primed for exploration, and risk taking is a normative part of their development.
• Prosocial inclinations are strong among college-age students.
• Students can enhance the creation and implementation of policies that affect them.