Essential to the healthy and safe daily life of any community, and especially to a campus community with thousands of undergraduate students, is the presence of a robust and effective prevention and public health education efforts.
The public health campaign is critical to all of our efforts and activities, and especially with regard to student social functions and other activities that take place with less supervision than classroom or laboratory activities, such as off-campus parties and other gatherings where we will need to rely on students’ understanding and acceptance of public health guidance.
Features of the University’s planning includes:
- Developing and launching a major public health campaign prior to the beginning of the fall term involving everyone in the community, especially students.
- Providing targeted, ongoing education and training on expectations for different groups, individual and collective responsibilities, rationale, best thinking and practices, connection to resources, etc.
- Creating a broad-based community mobilization effort that is coordinated with the communications campaign. This effort will be designed to encourage individual responsibility and actions in an effort to promote health, both on campus and in the surrounding community.
- Mandating required training for everyone prior to their return to campus, and continue the campaign once campus is reopened. This training will cover the general expectations and new rules, with more specifics as constituencies return to campus. These guidelines will be continuously reinforced throughout the term in a variety of ways (emails, faculty announcements in class, posters, etc.).
Given the complexities of maintaining health in the residential student population, students will be involved in the implementation of the public health education efforts as interns (through the President’s Office), peer health educators (more than 100 in Health Promotion), collaboration with Residential Peer Leaders (RPLs) and Orientation student leaders, as well as outreach to the various student government bodies.
A steering group will be tasked with staying up to date on new regulations, recommendations, restrictions and guidance.
Last updated July 7, 2020. Information on this page may be updated as the University’s planning evolves and/or public health guidance prompts a shift in Brown’s operations and protocols.