Colleges and Universities

Institutions of postsecondary education are enriching environments for students to learn, connect with peers from diverse backgrounds, and develop knowledge and skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives. Campus environments, including those in which students learn, study, live, and socialize, can also present unique challenges for helping to ensure safety and mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Adult-aged students are more likely to be at risk for severe cases of COVID-19 and more likely to be living away from their families and community networks. Professors, faculty, administrators, and staff have also been affected by the pandemic while serving as a support system for others on campus.

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From the beginning of the pandemic, colleges and universities have rapidly formed and implemented plans of action to keep students, professors, faculty, staff, and surrounding campus communities safe. This has included making difficult decisions about transitions to online learning, restricting campus life and activities, and remaining flexible to accommodate the unique needs of their students and provide supports where needed. As campuses continue to reopen, institutions of higher education (IHEs) will continue to accommodate and support students, ensure the provision of equitable access to higher education, and maintain safety procedures to protect all individuals on campus.

The resources on this page share guidance for supporting students; maintaining safe and healthy environments; and ensuring teacher, faculty, and staff well-being, professional development, and supports that are specific to colleges and universities. IHEs, professors, faculty, staff, other providers of postsecondary education, and States may use these best practices and lessons learned to inform their strategies for responding to students’, professors’, faculty’s, and staff’s needs throughout the campus reopening process.

Submit Your Lessons Learned and Best Practices

Have a lessons learned or best practice for operating colleges and universities safely during the COVID-19 pandemic? Visit the Best Practices Submission page to view details on submission requirements, and then e-mail Bestpracticesclearinghouse@ed.gov to share your lessons learned or best practice.

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ACHA COVID-19 Resources

Since 1920, the American College Health Association (ACHA) has served as the voice for student health and wellness. Through advocacy, research, and education, ACHA stands at the forefront of issues that impact the health and wellness of our college students. Since the onset of COVID-19, ACHA’s COVID-19 Task Force has conducted studies and surveys leading to the development of guidelines and briefs that can be used for postsecondary institutions across the country.

Submit Your Lessons Learned and Best Practices

Have a lessons learned or best practice for operating PreK-12 schools and school districts safely during the COVID-19 pandemic? Visit the Best Practices Submission page to view details on submission requirements, and then e-mail Bestpracticesclearinghouse@ed.gov to share your lessons learned or best practice.

Provide Feedback

Have feedback to share on a resource accessed on the Clearinghouse site? We want to hear from you. Select the button below to share your feedback with the U.S. Department of Education and the Clearinghouse team.